Deer Creek Cof­fee­house welcomes Dave Nach­manoff

Cecil Whig - - JUMPSTART - By ERIKA QUESENBERY STURGILL

eque­sen­bery@ches­pub.com

— From Davis, Calif., Dave Nach­manoff dreamed of work­ing with singer-song­writer Al Ste­wart — think “Year of the Cat” and “Time Pas­sages” — as a teenager.

He now tours as Ste­wart’s lead gui­tarist and ac­com­pa­nist, and often as his open­ing act, from venues as far rang­ing as the Royal Al­bert Hall in Lon­don to The Birch­mere in Alexan­dria, Va.

But savvy res­i­dents of the area have a chance to see Nach­manoff per­form live close to home at the Deer

DAR­LING­TON

Creek Cof­fee­house at 1022 Main St. in Dar­ling­ton at 7:30 p.m. Fri­day.

From per­form­ing with folk leg­end Libba Cot­ten (Freight Train) at the age of 9, to play­ing in a rock band with his two broth­ers, Nach­manoff went on to earn a doc­tor­ate de­gree in phi­los­o­phy at UC Davis and slowly built a grass­roots fol­low­ing touring all over the United States, Canada and Europe, both on his own and with Ste­wart. Nach­manoff’s visit here at our venue will be the first af­ter his solo Euro­pean tour.

His lat­est al­bum, “Spinoza’s Dream,” set to be re­leased May 6, is his dream com­ing true: a philo­soph­i­cally themed col­lec­tion of new songs, fea­tur­ing mu­si­cians who played on some of Ste­wart’s clas­sic al­bums. His song “Descartes in Am­s­ter­dam” from his 2011 re­lease “Step Up” was cho­sen for the Star­bucks playlist in 2015.

Na­tion­wide in­de­pen­dent mu­sic con­sor­tium Just Plain Folks hon­ored Nach­manoff with the 2001 Song­writer of the Year award, and he’s been rec­og­nized in three song­writ­ing con­tests — the USA Song­writ­ing Competition, the In­ter­na­tional Acous­tic Mu­sic Awards and the Great Amer­i­can Song Con­test.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF DAVE NACH­MANOFF

Touring mu­si­cian and lead gui­tarist for singer-song­writer Al Ste­wart, Dave Nach­manoff will per­form live at Deer Creek Cof­fee­house in Dar­ling­ton on Fri­day, May 13.

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