Born September 26, 1941, David was one of eight children. His brother, Lefty was not only a huge influence for David, he was his idol. As a teenager in the late fifties and early sixties, David toured with the legendary star. By the time he turned 18, he had signed a deal with Columbia Records and for the next two decades found himself associated with several record labels including MCA, Capitol and Warner Brothers. David's career really took off when he and Shelly West…..daughter of Dottie….. recorded and went to #1 in the charts with "You're The Reason God Made Oklahoma." The recording was turned down by all the major record labels, but was used in Clint Eastwood's "Any Which Way You Can" movie soundtrack.
This latest album sees David sticking to his traditional roots for 12 tracks………11 of which were either written or co-written by the artist……….of wonderful, REAL country music. From the honky-tonking "Back In Over My Head Again," "The Good Book,"….a very catchy song written after his wife threw a bible in his lap while getting in the car……and "I Ain't Goin' If There Ain't No Hank" a former #1 in the European charts for 4 weeks following it's release on the media only 'Country Hotdisc,' to some fine, cry in your beer type songs………. which for me, are where David really excels, with his pure country voice that just drips with emotion and feeling…….. like heartbreakers "Baby Don't Love Here Anymore," "Hiding The Pain," "She's Not In My Bed" and the excellent "One Memory At A Time," a song that tells of how things left behind after the break up of a relationship can make it harder to forget and move on.
David is joined by new duet partner Peggy Rains on 4 tracks, 3 of which are ballads, while the lively "Back In Over My Head Again" is surely another contender for release as a single and could go down especially well with the line dancers. Bringing this fine album to a close is a re-make of his #1 from 1982, "I'm Gonna Hire A Wino To Decorate Our Home."
He may not be Lefty, but David has got it dead right with this fine album of traditional country music, performed with true feeling and conviction, the way country music should be performed. There isn't a bad track on here and most have the potential to be chart toppers if released as singles. I have absolutely no hesitation in making this album one of my album's of the month for December (2001). In fact, I would go so far as to say, this is one of the best albums I have heard all year.