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Gene Parsons and David Hayes

The Byrds, Van Morrison Band, Jesse Colin Young Band, Flying Burrito Brothers, The Castaways, Nashville West, Country Joe McDonald, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes ….

David and Gene are both career singer-songwriter-instrumentalists. They are, individually, veterans of the bands listed above and more; each has also released several solo albums. Additionally, both have been in demand for stage performances and studio sessions, working with Arlo Guthrie, Tom Waits, Randy Newman, Peter Rowan and the Rowan Brothers, Sheryl Crow, Rolling Stones, John Lee Hooker, Ralph Stanley, Vassar Clements, Iain Matthews and many others.

Gene and David were each already a veteran of hundreds of recordings and thousands of stage appearances before they bumped into each other in the early 1990’s near their homes in Mendocino on California’s rugged North Coast. Seemed only natural that they would get together and play. They did.

On a break from touring with Van Morrison, David invited Gene to play a local benefit with him and some other friends from the Mendocino music community. While practicing, a special musical connection was made and a duo was born. Their work together was, of necessity, only occasional until both had retired from their demanding session and international touring schedules. In 2006, the pair began gigging regularly.

It’s been over 10 years for this partnership now and, in performance, their friendship is as evident as their exceptional musicianship. Watching Gene and David together is to experience two gifted, journeyman songwriters and musicians. These seasoned performers each bring humor and many instruments to the stage, along with their great love of song and a very special joy in making music.

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Notes from Gene and Dave about the new album - see the sidebar!

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