The video for Kick A Little Dirt Around, which was filmed in October 2012 with the help of 200 people who showed up, braved equipment issues and the cold, has been released on YouTube. David and his band are incredibly proud of the video and are still humbled by the support family, friends and fans showed for the project. You can view the video at:
Directed by Joe Virzi (Sony), Director of Photography Ryan Archibald. Shot at Chartier Stables in Cottrellville, MI and Danz Smoked Meats in Lenox Twp, MI. Starring David Shelby and featuring Jasmine Lassiter as Big J.
These are exciting times for me. With the anticipated release of my new single and EP due out soon, I would like to announce an incredible addition to the Team. Veteran Sony Records Executive Ed Gertler has come on board to handle the release of the new single, album and video. His 25 years in sales & marketing at Sony includes the last 10 as the National Director Of Sales for their Nashville label. Ed has put together an amazing team of radio promoters and other music industry professionals that are going to put their full weight behind this release. Everyone involved on our team, the band, and especially myself are incredibly lucky to have his expertise and knowledge behind the project and we look forward to much success that takes us to a new level. I would like to also thank ZMG Music Group President Russ Zavitson for his continued support, advise, guidance, and most importantly his belief in what we are doing. Having Nashville music professionals of their caliber and pedigree taking me on is an amazing opportunity and an important step in any artists development. I know my fans are anxious and curious about the new music and video, especially those who turned out for the video shoot. Expect an announcement of the release date soon as so many things need to happen now. Yes, exciting times for sure and as always I would like to thank the best fans in the world for being patient and always supportive!
I’ve has been asked to join evening DJ Rob Stone from 99.5 WYCD as they walk to stop Diabetes at the Detroit Zoo. We are halfway to our goal, but we still need more help. We’d love for you to gather all your friends and family and come down for a leisurely stoll through the Detroit Zoo on Saturday, September 15, 2012 at 8:30am.
Come walk with us, Join Team Rob Stone at this link: CLICK HERE
Can’t make the walk, but still want to help us reach our goal, donate at this link: CLICK HERE
Well with Labor Day Weekend coming up we are wrapping up our busiest summer ever! One of the most gratifying parts of our performances has been the fact that we have been branching out and playing some incredible shows out of town. Caseville Ribstock was a complete blast and the crowd was amazing and hung with us note for note as we all partied into the night. The Greatest Fourth in the North in Lake City was another highlight for us, the crowd was incredible and the town was so kind to us. I could mention all of our stops but overall the summer schedule has been a complete success. I would like to thank all of the promoters, managers, bands we have shared the stage with, but most off all we would like to thank the fans that are coming out to our shows and making every musical experience a great memory! You all rock and we sincerely appreciate your support and kind words as we have been out and about in your city or town.
For the most part, the summer has been booked up with songwriting and recording. The new CD is almost here! Woohoo! It’s been a lot of hard work but believe me it is well worth it. The new tunes are AMAZING and I am proud of everyone’s hard work. We have had the opportunity to record with some great producers and at historic studios like The Castle in Franklin, TN. I will be posting some teasers after Labor Day and the CD release party is in the works, as well as the video shoot with Joe Virzi from Sony in L.A. directing and producing. Our fans have been extremely patient and I hope ya’ll dig what we came up with. I think we really nailed our version of Rockin’ Detroit Grit with Nashville Polish. September will be a busy month with many Nashville meetings planned and the beginning of our fall tour kicking off at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill in Cincinnati, Ohio on the 29th.
Speaking of touring, this weekend is going to be a hectic but rewarding one! We have three huge shows scheduled and it’s going to be a blast. Saturday: We will be returning to Toby Keith’s I love This Bar and Grill in Auburn Hills. Sunday: We are honored to be headlining the return of one of Michigan’s oldest and finest traditions….The State Fair. Monday: We end our home tour at Arts, Beats, and Eats in Royal Oak. I won’t be getting much sleep this weekend but thanks a good thing…haha. You can get specific show times and details www.davidshelbymusic.com or Facebook.
Be sure to keep up to date with us online and if we are in your neck of the woods come on out, party with us and be sure to say hello! I hope everyone has an incredible Labor Day and see ya on the road!!!!!!!
Big thank you to everyone that braved the cold and snow, yes, we said it, snow to come down to the WYCD studios and join us for Thursday Night Live with Coop on November 17th. Once again, we had a blast.
We just had our first opportunity to showcase and exhibit at the “2011 Michigan Festivals & Events Association” convention this past weekend and an incredible time was had by all. Special thanks go out to Sharon Muczinski, Jaimie Ward, and Samantha Muczinski for representing the band in the most professional manner. We met so many people from around the state who put on all of the various local fairs and festivals. One thing that struck me most is how much all of these officials care about their local communities and how hard they work to put on these events for the residents in their cities and townships. In a word, it was heartwarming and really makes you appreciate the work that goes into these events. Many of these people are volunteers for their communities and do an excellent job putting these events together. Of course, come to find out….they also like to have a good time doing what they do The highlight of the weekend was when we got to perform in a showcase to a standing room only crowd on Saturday night. I was proud of Clint, Bernie, Steve, Brian, Nick and Mike as we threw down our flavor of music and rocked the crowd “country style”. We already have several confirmed bookings for 2012 which will be posted as soon as the t’s are crossed and the i’s are dotted, but look for us to be coming to a community event in your neck of the woods throughout Michigan. On that note, even if we are not booked at your community event, be sure to go out next summer and support your local fairs and festivals…not only is it good for the soul to support and become involved in your own backyard, but based on what I saw this weekend, you’re in for a “good time”!
David and Samantha in The Music Man (Sept 22, 2011)
David and his wife, Samantha, had the pleasure of doing a cameo appearance in a production of The Music Man. They had a blast with the cast and crew of the Grosse Pointe Theatre.
A note from David “Had a blast last night doing the cameo in Grosse Point Theatre’s production of the music man! Everyone was so nice and the production is awesome so if you have a chance to go see it you will be EXTREMELY impressed. Thanks to Larry Garcia, Lindsey Briggs, Grosse Point Theatre, cast, crew, and orchestra for a memorable night!”
The Music Man runs now through Sunday. Thursday, Friday and Saturday curtains open at 8pm, Sunday starts at 2pm. Come out and see a great production of an American classic. You never know who’s going to show up.
Grosse Pointe War Memorial, 32 Lakeshore Drive, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
“There’s a certain bit of attitude that comes from the Motor City. One artist who should know that better than anyone is David Shelby. He calls his music “Nashville meets Detroit,” and with good reason. It has the country sound, but also is balanced with a good bit of soul.” …. To read the rest, check out the reviews section of Music News Nashville or HERE
Welcome to the blog section of the David Shelby NEW website. It’s very exciting for me to have a lot going on and periodically I will be personally posting some blogs about numerous topics. This summer has been the busiest on record for me. On top of shows there is much more behind the scenes that is happening that is truly exciting. Among the highlights of the summer thus far have been a live on air performance on “The Coop Show” as part of his Thursday Night Live Series where they had a world premier of my new single Cowgirls. I was especially proud of the fact that Coop told me it was the biggest turnout they ever had. We managed to cram over 50 people into the studio and we did an acoustic performance in studio as well has mingled, signed autographs, and enjoyed some good grub with fans. Mad props goes out to Coop and 99.5 WYCD for the invite as well as the support. I hope in the near future we can jam the phone lines with requests once the new album is in the box as they say.
Another big project going on is I was invited to be on a TV reality show called Not So Stable being filmed at a horse farm here in Michigan. Needless to say, no one is oblivious to what the economic downturn has done to many families during these hard times. With Michigan being especially hit hard with the auto industry and mortgage collapse many people have suffered. The show is about one of these families. The father used to have a successful construction company and with the housing crisis he and his family lost almost everything including their home which unfortunately went into foreclosure. Faced with the reality of soon being homeless. They turned to the only investment and means of income they had to try and survive, a horse farm that was mainly used as a hobby farm and a second means of income for them. The father is now turning an outbuilding on the farm into a house for his family and they now run the farms day to day operation. The show basically follows them and their struggles to get back on their feet. Being a horse guy myself, they invited me out for a little riding and I even did a couple of tunes for the people at the barn and they threw an awesome bbq party for the day. Everyone at the barn treated me so well and were too kind. It was touching to find out first hand what they were going through and one song I did called “Prayer of the Broken” kind of parallels what they were going through and things got very emotional in the barn when I did an acoustic version of it. I was honored when the producer asked for the full recorded version for possible use in the show. They even came out and filmed last Friday night to our show at Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and it was a blast just getting to hang out and enjoy the night with the cast from the barn. It was a great to meet the family as well as the other boarders at the barn and I truly feel like I made some friends for life. The father is absolutely an inspiration and is the type of guy you want to load a cooler on the back of your horse, head down a trail, and spend a great day drinking some beers and telling some good stories with. I really look forward to staying involved as much as they will have me and I will keep you posted on when everything will air. In the mean time, here is a link to a trailer from my visit: http://youtu.be/hZmi9fI4WVA