On this episode of Roger The Wild Child Show: Nashville, we are joined by singer/songwriter David Gideon and country music artist, Andrea Vasquez!
David Gideon is the kind of larger-than-life character you'd read about in a Jack Kerouac novel: adventure seeking, well traveled, and a little bit wild, with stories to tell and songs to sing.
He mixes autobiography, tall tales, and old-school country twang on Lonesome Desert Strum. Recorded in Nashville and largely written in the American southwest, it's an album that establishes Gideon as one of the genre's unsung heroes. There are honky-tonk barn burners, campfire ballads, southern slow dances, and rootsy rave-ups, all glued together by a frontman who's every bit as colorful as the songs he writes.
Born to artistic parents, Gideon grew up on the move, bouncing between Austin, Key West, and rural Tennessee during his early years. He spent his summers on the Farm — an infamous hippie commune, located more than an hour's drive from Nashville — where he was given his first access to a drum set. Originally trained in jazz and worldbeat percussion, he broadened his skillset to include guitar and songwriting, too. He eventually headed west, where he performed hundreds of shows, worked as a DJ in clubs, logged multiple years as a ranch hand in Northern California, and eventually settled in Billy the Kid's hometown — the rugged, remote town of Silver City, New Mexico — where he wrote many of the songs that would later fill Lonesome Desert Strum.
Along the way, Gideon recorded two self-produced solo albums in New Mexico and toured in support of their releases. He also made a return trip to Tennessee for a family reunion, and fell deeper in love with the classic country sounds he heard at Nashville-area bars like Robert's and Layla's. Inspired to make his own music in Nashville, Gideon briefly moved back to Tennessee, where he recorded the 2017 Drifter EP and filmed a video with Dean Miller, son of the iconic Roger Miller. And although he'd eventually return to his home in New Mexico, it was Nashville that served as the recording location for Lonesome Desert Strum. Joining him in the studio for the album's creation were a number of legendary sidemen, including Dave Roe (Johnny Cash, Sturgill Simpson), Kenny Vaughan (Marty Stuart, Lucinda Williams), Steve Hinson (George Jones), Billy Contreras (Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder, Hank Williams III), Pete Abbott (Average White Band), and Chris Scruggs (Charlie Louvin, BR549).
Powerhouse vocals and unstoppable attitude combine in the petite package that is Andrea Vasquez. The California native has blended her love of modern country and Latin-American roots to create a refreshing sound within the genre. Inspired by the likes of Carrie Underwood, Shania Twain, and The Chicks, Andrea has been crafting her unique sound since she was little. Born in L.A. to an extremely musical family, she started playing violin, piano and guitar at a young age which inspired her to also begin writing her own songs. A move back to California would become the catalyst to pursuing music. After finishing school, Andrea packed up for Nashville to realize her dream of a career in country music. In Nashville, she released her first single Sugar Coat It which surpassed 113k streams on Spotify and took Andrea on her first radio tour. From there, Andrea released serval other singles including Runnin’ Wild, Bed You Made, Used To and Made Me Cry, which achieved major success on curated Spotify and Apple Music playlists, received praise from CMT by adding her music videos to their online playlist rotation and received praise from critically-acclaimed outlets including The Morning Hangover. With her undeniable stage presence and songs that match mainstream major quality, Andrea is establishing herself within country music as one to watch.
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