Born in 1956 and raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (home to blues legends Cedell Davis and Big Bill Broonzy), Dave Sadler began playing guitar at the age of twelve, because his piano teacher failed to make any headway with him at all. The choice of...
Born in 1956 and raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (home to blues legends Cedell Davis and Big Bill Broonzy), Dave Sadler began playing guitar at the age of twelve, because his piano teacher failed to make any headway with him at all. The choice of learning to play a musical instument having 88 keys versus 6 strings was no contest. "Have you ever tried to tune a piano?", he remarks.
One of the more interesting moments in his early guitar career came when, as a teenager, he was given the opportunity to play Jimmy Driftwood’s first guitar, made from a bed headboard and a fence post, upon a visit to Driftwood’s home in Mountain View, Arkansas. "It was an awful playing guitar, but it was an honor to be invited to play "Tennessee Stud" on the guitar of the man who wrote it".
Heavily influenced by players such as Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Stevie Ray Vaughn and others, Dave's playing style is a blend of blues, rock, and jazz, utilizing both electric and acoustic guitars.
Dave is affiliated with BMI as a songwriter/composer. The 2008 solo release, "Fade to Blue", is available from BluezArt Records at www.davesadlermusic.co
Sadler has the voice and musicianship to stand apa by Indie-Music.com Magazine On Fade to Blue, Arkansas blues singer Dave Sadler offers up an eclectic mix of 16 guitar driven songs based in the blues/rock tradition of the Midwest. He’s an accomplished multi-instrumentalist...
What others are saying about Fade to Blue..... by Various “Hey Dave…Great sound, man!” -Scott Holt-- Sounds great, well done!!!......" -Jan Cyrka -- Very original, love the horns and guitar...Keep on keeping on...I will be looking forward to hearing your...
Sadler has the voice and musicianship to stand apa by Indie-Music.com Magazine On Fade to Blue, Arkansas blues singer Dave Sadler offers up an eclectic mix of 16 guitar driven songs based in the blues/rock tradition of the Midwest. He’s an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and clearly knows what he’s doing on the guitar. Interestingly though, his voice reminded me of Morrissey right off the bat, an eccentric match to find on a blues album.
On “Shackles and Chains," Sadler wails out on the electric guitar while on the softer bluesy “Killing Game,” he provides a social commentary on poverty and war.
A soldier stands his watch with a tear in his eye
Glances over his shoulder at a passerby
A dirty shame, this killing game ... "
Sadler also includes a slew of instrumental numbers on the album which showcase his mastery of the guitar. As well, he gets by with a little help from his friends such as prominent saxophonist, Dan Cipriano, whose playful exchanges on “Can’t Take It With You” is an instant listener’s delight....
...Sadler definitely has the voice and musicianship to stand apart from the crowd...."
Skott Freedman –Indie-Music.com Magazine
What others are saying about Fade to Blue..... by Various “Hey Dave…Great sound, man!”
Sounds great, well done!!!......"
-Jan Cyrka --
Very original, love the horns and guitar...Keep on keeping on...I will be looking forward to hearing your new recording."
President New York Blues and Jazz Society
Sounds of Blue" radio program--
You've got some really great tunes...Very smooth."
Beautiful sounds man!!!......"
Nice material, tasteful playing, reminds me of my friend Dave Specter's style."
I love your sound......"
Thanks for coming on Bluzzradio...great tracks on your MySpace site!"
-Alain Bouet- Bluzzradio
-Smiling Jack Smith
“Man I like the sound. You have the Clapton "feel" down on “Fade To Blue”…Pack an ax and come on over and play at the KY Blues Festival. We'd love to have ya!”
Bowling Green, KY--
“Loved "Fade To Blue", very smooth. I can't wait to hear the other tracks here….”
Cedar Crest Studio--
...The music's as great as usual and being played on 'Helsinki's Blues Cafe' "
- Geoff Barton
Helsinki Blues Cafe Radio
Great songs Dave!"
- Roxy Perry
New York --
....love your music taste!"
“Your tracks are awesome, I got a lot of great feedback on them….keep rockin the planet my friend....”
Tornado Valley Radio Online --
“Superb blues guitar and songs, really like "Fade to Blue"…very Robert Cray…”
Manchester, England --
Some very nice guitar playing here!"
Very nice tunes...very nice"
-Twin Cities Radio
“You didn't take 2 many 'Wrong Turns'…excellent music…best wishes from all your friends in Ireland.”
-Monaghan Blues Jam
Mc Kennas Bar, Dublin Street, Monaghan, Ireland --
LOVE the sound you get with that T5 . . . awesome music . . . keep it up!"
-Sweet Willie Milton--
“Thank you so much, great tone, great playing..”
Ankara, Turkey --
“I enjoyed listening to your songs ...
tasty and passionate playing !!!”
Barry Richmond Band--
“Love the soulful touch you have.”
“There is some great music here! I really like your style of playing…Highest Regards”
“Really enjoy your soulful guitar playing”
-Blues on Tap
Perth, Scotland --
You play a mean tune mate…."
-Midnight Blue Lounge--
Fade to Blue Holds Many Trump Cards by "Rootstime" (Belgium) 'Fade To Blue' holds many trump cards. With a broad range of bluesrock, jazzy ballads, reggae and funk, this album sought blues inspiration from many places. Arkansas/Mississippi, Louisiana/Texas and Chicago-influences merge into a homogeneous whole, in which Dave Sadler, guitar man from Arkansas, feels at home like a fish in the water. Four instrumental numbers between a dozen songs, all of the hand of Sadler, guarantee a full hour of blues variety. Sadler not being bound by borders is also reflected in his lyrics in 'Shackles and Chains', a protest against everything that man fetters. 'Killing Game' is an indictment against the violence in Baghdad that separates families and children from a peaceful life. His powerful lyrics have been thought through, and are sung with a misleadingly serene voice. He accompanies himself with various guitars, bass, and from time to time with Honner bluesharp. A father of four children, he shows in his lyrics his concern for orphaned children and the dangers that threaten them.
Another high point is the presence of saxophonist, Dan Cipriano, who joins in four numbers with trombone, trumpet and sax. In 'Cold, Blowin' Wind his saxophone cries as a warning against the world of drug dealers. This renowned horn master has played with Wilson Pickett, Southside Johnny, Gary U. S. Bonds and Bruce Springsteen and enriches Dave's album. In addition, five other capable studio musicians contribute on the CD.
Dave's wife, Elizabeth, produced the project which was recorded at BluezArt Studio located in Pine Bluff, Arkansas. In addition to his occupation as an architect, he finds time to make music with a local group of musicians for benevolent concerts and other events. Coming from a musical family that included a piano teacher (his mother), he grew up listening to various forms of blues music on the radio. Instead of the practicing the latest rock hits, he chose Elmore James, Robert Cray and Buddy Guy as his imaginary teachers. In 'Rise Above', you hear an Eric Clapton influence. On 'Blues Night Special' he calls out the names of Big Bill Broonzy, Junior Walker, Howlin' Wolf, Luther Allison and Freddie King, all bluesmen for whom he bears a warm heart. Dave Sadler designed this album with solid and really versatile musical building stones that leave a colorful impression from 'Fade To Blue' till 'Blue Reggae'. –Marcie Rootstime (Belgium) 6.21.08