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David Randall Shorey - a.k.a. Gashouse Dave - was born in Concord, Massachusetts and passed away on the evening of may 8th 2009 in Los Angeles. He played in bands throughout New England, opening for major acts like the Young Rascals, The Animals, The Youngbloods, , Starship, Fleetwood Mac and The Doobie Brothers. After a while he packed up the truck and moved to Lake Tahoe and then Mill Valley, where he eventually played bass and guitar with the late Mike Bloomfield for about 4 years, doing tours and recordings on the Takoma, Chrysalis and TK labels. He has also played guitar with a lot of artists, including The Judds, Big Joe Turner, Stevie Wonder, Elvin Bishop and Nick Gravenites, among others.
Gashouse Dave was a bluesman at heart, with a natural lived-in voice that no teenage sensation can approximate. His lyrics and indeed, his entire vocal attitude were steeped in the literary influences of writers such as Jack Kerouac, Raymond Chandler, William Carlos Williams and many others. His love of music was matched by his passion for the written word.
In fact, he held a degree in literature, after studying in London and Paris, and even did a few stints teaching English. "I feel like I found friends in books. Early in the game I identified with American writers like Jack London, William Saroyan, John Steinbeck, but drew the line at Hemmingway. I found that I was getting more specific in my quest. I found Bukowski, Raymond Chandler, James Ellroy and Elmore Leonard. The Universe was getting smaller for me. Dee Brown, John C. Neihardt, Robert Anton Wilson, Edgar Cayce, Aleister Crowley, Jules Verne and James Baldwin. I was looking for something in the Brotherhood."
In addition to electric guitar, Dave also played most of the keyboards, utilized the dobro as a thematic element and didnít hesitate to use what the modern technology can offer. In fact, this californian blues poet used to mix the roots of the blues whith what could be its future.
David Randall Shorey was a real poet, a great singer, a soulful musician and certainly a kind of unknown genius of the blues.