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Editors’ Notes

It’s a sign of the times when a smart, compelling, and established songwriter like David Mead has to rely on fans to fund an album. Yet that’s the story behind 2011’s Dudes, a release that nonetheless doesn’t show any shortcuts; it’s a well-produced collection that takes a few great turns. The racy “No One Roxx This Town No More,” written with Bill DeMain, tells the story of an ‘80s hair metal dude, while the melody comes straight from Curtis Mayfield. The piano ballad “The Smile of Rachael Ray” finds “a beacon on the bay” in the face of America’s most famous TV cook while the singer’s world falls apart. “King of the Crosswords” cranks up the piano-based power pop. With screeching lead guitar, “Happy Birthday, Marty Ryan” struts with the defiance of late-‘70s Joe Jackson, as Ryan admits the years are piling on. “Guy on Guy” closes in on the deviant area where Ray Davies once excelled. If anything, being fan-financed has let Mead write the toughest and most confrontational songs of his career. A highlight.

Customer Reviews

Great!

A great new collection of interesting songs! What could be better?

why isn't david mead a household name??

i've been a huge david mead fan for a long time. he's a tough and trustworthy songwriter and one of the finest, most adventurous singers i've ever heard. and one listen to DUDES will demonstrate exactly what i'm talking about. trust me.

Criminally over-looked artist

The fact that David Mead had to rely on financing from his legion of fans to make this album is,frankly,embarrassing.
The fact that his fans overwhelmingly supported him and he,in return, delivered another seamless masterpiece is reason to rejoice.
He is one of America's preeminent songwriters.
If you like this artist: TELL SOMEONE!!!

Biography

Born: 1973 in Syosset, NY

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '00s

Born in New York, singer/songwriter David Mead's family relocated to Nashville, where he spent the majority of his formative years, honing his craft in pop bands such as Verdant Green, Blue Million, and Joe, Marc's Brother. Mead eventually ventured out on his own, collaborating on a demo of his songs with local keyboardist Jason Lehning. The recording subsequently landed him in the offices of RCA Records, where he performed his tunes alone with a guitar. The label signed him shortly thereafter. With...
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