GREENWOOD, SC – Brevard-based singer/songwriter Dave Desmelik will open for the Black Lillies Thursday night at Music on Maxwell at Sundance Gallery. The accomplished Americana artist will be playing solo and may have a few tricks up his sleeve.
Desmelik, on the verge of releasing his eighth solo album, brings a unique perspective from the stage that hearkens back to better times in America. The happily married father of two was not always so settled down. In fact, he was just the opposite.
The summer of 1993 found Desmelik with a backpack and a guitar, hitch hiking around the western United States. After several years of being on the move, Desmelik found himself in Flagstaff, AZ, in his first working band. He stayed in Flagstaff about eight years before the Alpharetta, GA native decided he wanted to come back to the south.
“I knew I didn’t want to be around Atlanta,” Desmelik said of coming back south. “It’s too much hustle and bustle for me. So I just kind of gravitated to Ashville. That’s where I met my wife. Then she got a job as a school teacher in Brevard and we moved here.”
Desmelik says he is very lyric conscious, but also enjoys instrumental melodies and harmonies, as evidenced by his recent use of a ukulele in his songwriting.
“I came across (a ukulele) on a whim last summer,” says Desmelik. “I was at a party at a friend’s house and it was hanging on the wall. I started messing around with it and she told me to take it home and play it a while. A few months later I bought one and have started using it in songs.”
Desmelik says he pours himself into every song and performance and hopes that people recognize that.
“Music is my therapy,” Desmelik said. “You have to have commitment and put your heart and soul into it. Don’t be surprised if you come see me perform and you see this guy up there with his eyes closed, lost in his own little world.”
Music at Maxwell is at 146 Maxwell Avenue in Greenwood. All shows begin at 7:30. Doors open at 6:00.