Dave Rave and Mark McCarron signed a global licensing and distribution deal with Innsbruck Records to promote their new album, “Memphis Midnight.” This formidable duo released their new album with hit singles such as “Fortunate Boy” filled with Lennon-esque melodies, “Alinna” and “On the Memphis Midnight Ride” are both sweetly reminiscent of the lush and uber hip Steely Dan. The marketing campaign and promotions include tour dates in the US, Canada and Europe.
Dave Rave is a musician’s musician. To the general public, he’s the manic Teenage Head rhythm guitarist who graduated to lead singer and catapulted the band back into the charts; but musicians know him as a valued session player (Daniel Lanois, Andrew Loog Oldham, Alex Chilton, and countless others) who can play the best version of a song he’s never heard. Additionally Dave’s knack for pop hooks has made him an in-demand songwriting partner for platinum selling Producer, Jack Douglas (John Lennon, Aerosmith, etc) and John Wesley Harding (Bob Dylan).
Dave began his music career in his high school years writing songs and performing driving acoustic rock and folk-pop in and around Hamilton, Ontario. This evolved into the wildly popular, The Shakers, from 1979-1982 with Rick Andrews, Tim Gibbons and Claude DesRoches. They charted many singles with albums produced by Daniel Lanois (U2) and Jack Richardson (Guess Who, Alice Cooper). Their garage rockapunkabilly sound ignited the masses during their reign.
Often referred to as a Canadian Nick Lowe, Dave was the first North American artist to sign to Russia’s Melodiya record label and recorded Valentino’s Pirates in 1989 as The Dave Rave Group. They were originally known as the Dave Rave Conspiracy but this name was changed to appease cold war era Russian sensibilities. Press surrounding this release included a CBC documentary revisiting Russia with the group as well as 3 promotional videos that were in heavy rotation at Much Music in Canada. Some of the players on this album included Gary ‘Pig’ Gold, Coyote Shivers, Jack Pedler and Television’s Billy Ficca. Bullseye Records re-issued the album for the first time on CD in 2001 and the positive reviews continue to pour in.
Media continually notes “his sharp pop intelligence means the songwriting is of high standard.” Dave continues to produce incredible music in a wide variety of genres from jazz to folk to rockabilly to punk. But it is Dave’s pop sensibilities and his devotion to making music that is honest, intimate and real regardless of whether he touches you with smiles, tears or the occasional urge to pogo in your living room.
Dave spends his time in Canada and the US playing live, producing, writing and creating more ideas to bring great musicians together for the purpose of entertaining themselves and the masses. Dave Rave released his Anthology in 2 volumes worldwide on Bullseye Records in January 2006. Dave Rave released his second jazz-pop album entitled, “In The Blue Of My Dreams” with Mark McCarron in 2007 under the Bongobeat label which was shortlisted for a Grammy that year. With additional “Top 50″ success at FMQB National Charts with “Anne Marie” and “Looking Out My Front Door,” Dave Rave continues to tour internationally in Canada, The US and Europe.
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He has performed on Canadian Radio and Television and at all of the major Canadian Jazz Festivals. McCarron studied under jazz guitarist John Abercrombie in New York City under a Canada Council grant and also studied at the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop.
A versatile artist, McCarron is much in demand in a wide range of genres and roles. He is a core member and the arranger for the Red Hot Swing––formerly the Central Park Stompers, and Art Lillard’s Heavenly Band (Big Band), and has co-written, recorded, and performed widely with Dave Rave. He has also produced albums for a variety of artists.
As a much in-demand substitute performer on Broadway, McCarron can currently be heard in the shows Wicked and Spider-Man: Turn off the Dark. He has also been a featured performer in the off-Broadway production Summer of ’69, made recurring appearances as a member of the cast of John Kelly’s Paved Paradise: The Music of Joni Mitchell, and been a substitute performer in many of Broadway’s and Off-Broadway’
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