Rileyenjoys music. It lights
his face and radiates from his voice. When he is on stage, he is giving
the audience everything he has to give. Every performance, no matter how
small the audience or how large, is given with his whole being.
Born in Hattiesburg, Mississppi, Dave
spent his early years learning Gospel. Barely a teenager he moved to
Chicago and ended up living on the westside near Maxwell Street where he
was steeped in the blues. It wasn't untill he was drafted to serve in
Vietnam that he began to take the blues seriously.
During the time he served in the army
he was exposed to many types of music, not only the blues but big band,
rocknroll, and jazz. He ended up playing in a military band which
traveled from base to base entertaining the troups and sometimes became
the opening act for USO shows.
Dave Riley met up with Blues legends Sam
Carr and Frank Frost and revitalized
his career in the mid 90s and they formed a friendship and a music bond
which would lead Dave back to the Delta and back into Blues full time.
Dave has been playing music in the Delta and taking the Delta back to
Chicago just like all those Blues men before him.