Son of classical musicians and formally trained as a violinist, David was first signed (by the legendary Mary Martin), at sixteen, to Warner Bros. Records as a member of "Quacky Duck And His Barnyard Friends", along with founding members Dan and Daegal Bennett, sons of singer Tony Bennett.


At age 18, David joined Bob Dylan's band for four years, starting with the "Rolling Thunder Revue". He recorded three albums with Dylan and appears on numerous compilations and live albums, including "Biograph" and "Bob Dylan Live 1975 The Bootleg Series Vol. 5". David appeared in the NBC special "Hard Rain", and the feature film "Renaldo and Clara".


In 1976 David was signed to Arista and released three albums (two of which he co-produced with T-Bone Burnett and Steven Soles) as a member of the critically acclaimed "Alpha Band". He later went on to work with Burnett on his solo albums and other projects, including writing the score for the feature film "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood".


David is an award-winning film and television composer with many major credits. His score for the A&E mini-series "Broken Trail", co-written with Van Dyke Parks, was nominated for an Emmy. David's first film score was for the notorious epic


Gate". It led to a four-film collaboration with director


Cimino, which resulted in a Golden Globe nomination for his score for the Oliver Stone-penned

"Year Of The



Other long-standing relationships are with the esteemed Mexican auteur Arturo Ripstein, and with Maggie Greenwald ("Ballad of Little Jo", "Songcatcher"). His score for Ripstein's "Deep Crimson (Profundo Carmesi)" won David the Golden Ocelot at the Venice film festival (Best Musical Score); this honor was repeated at the Havana Film Festival. His work with Greenwald is also highly acclaimed; on her film "Songcatcher" (a music-centric film about song collecting in the Appalachain Mountains), David not only wrote the score, but researched and supervised all of the traditional ballad singing and folk music in the film.


David has written scores in a multitude of styles for many other film directors as well, including Harold Ramis, Walter Hill, Thomas Schlamme, Frank Pierson, Robert Duvall, and Gavin O'Connor. Some of the many television directors David has worked with include Glenn Jordan, Jeff Bleckner, Tim Hunter, and Robert Allan Ackerman.


David produced the soundtrack albums for the films "Heaven's Gate", "Year of the Dragon", "The Sicilian", "Desperate Hours", "Ballad Of Little Jo", and "Broken Trail", among others. Excerpts from his scores for "Heaven's Gate" and "The Sicilian" have been performed at the Royal Albert Hall and Carnegie Hall, respectively.


David continues to be a world-class recording and performing musician. A founding member of "Bruce Hornsby and the Range", David was awarded an RIAA platinum album and a Grammy Award for "The Way It Is", as well as as RIAA gold albums for Bob Dylan's "Desire" and "Hard Rain". He performs and records with a wide range of artists, playing a variety of instruments including electric/acoustic/classical/slide guitars, violin, viola, mandolin, mandocello, Irish bouzouki, pedal steel guitar, lap steel, banjo and Dobro/National resonator guitars.


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Alpha Band

Sam Amidon

David Amram

Eric Andersen

Laurie Anderson

Murray Attaway

Hughes AuFray

Aztec Two-Step

Joan Baez

Corinne Bailey Rae

Lou Ann Barton

Vince Bell

Bob Bennett

Matraca Berg

Mira Bilotte

Ronee Blakely

Peter Blegvad

Luka Bloom

Blue Aeroplanes

Debby Boone

Paulo Branganca

Bonnie Bramlett

Delaney Bramlett

Edie Brickell

Greg Brown

Pieta Brown

T. Graham Brown

Jackson Browne

Addie Brownlee

Stephen Bruton

Lindsay Buckingham

Norton Buffalo

Sandy Bull

Cindy Bullens

Vashti Bunyan

T-Bone Burnett

Billy Burnette

Dorsey Burnette

The Burns Sisters

David Byrne

John Cale


Glen Campbell

Laura Cantrell

Neal Casal

Neko Case

Peter Case

Johnny Cash

June Carter Cash

Rosanne Cash

Cashman and West

The Chambers Brothers

Kasey Chambers and Shane Nicholson

Don Cherry

Vic Chesnutt

Gary Clarke, Jr.

Jimmy Cliff

Bruce Cockburn

Marc Cohn

Judy Collins

Chi Coltrane

Shawn Colvin

Ry Cooder

Elvis Costello

The Courage Brothers

Christina Courtin

Susan Cowsill

Marshall Crenshaw

Jason Crigler

Jim Croce

Andrae Crouch

Rick Danko

Iris DeMent

Demolition String Band

Anna Deveare-Smith

John Denver

John Doe


Bob Dylan

Jakob Dylan

Steve Earle

Stoney Edwards

Ramblin' Jack Elliot

Joe Ely

Alejandro Escovedo

Tabitha Fair

Marianne Faithful

Billy Falcon

Brian Ferry

Anton Fig

Bela Fleck

Rosie Flores

Michael Fracasso

















Kinky Friedman

The Fugs

Ritchie Furay

Peter Gallway

Jerry Garcia

Howe Gelb

Giant Sand

Allen Ginsberg

Chuck Girard

Baby Gramps

Nancy Griffith

Glen Hansard

Chris Harford

Emmylou Harris

Jody Harris

Ronnie Hawkins

Robin Holcomb

Peter Holsapple

Mark Heard

Antony Hegarty (Antony & The Johnsons)

Levon Helm

Don Henley

Joe Henry

Chris Hillman

Robin Holcomb

Deborah Holland (Animal Logic)

Jolie Holland (Be Good Tanyas)

Peter Holsapple

Jesca Hoop

Bruce Hornsby

Toninho Horta

Garth Hudson

Michael Hurley

Kate Jacobs

Mason Jennings

Freedy Johnston

Jude Johnstone

Norah Jones

Tom Jones

Tonio K.

Lenny Kaye

Katell Keineg

Keren Ann

Will Kimbrough

Elle King

Osamu Kitajima

Al Kooper

Mary Lee Kortes

Chris Kowanko

Jimmy LaFave

Mark Lanegan

Jim Lauderdale

Hugh Laurie

Bernie Leadon

Amos Lee

Ben Lee

Huey Lewis

Colin Linden

David Lindley

Jackie Lomax

Lonesome Val

Los Lobos

Lulu Moon

Evan Lurie

Phil Madeira


Melissa Manchester

J. Mascis

Rob Mathes

Ian Matthews

Cormac McCarthy

The McCrary Sisters

Bobby McFerrin

The McGarrigle Sisters

Roger McGuinn

Maria McKee


John Mellencamp

Tift Merritt

Buddy Miller

Rhett Miller (Old 97s)

Joni Mitchell

Rebecca Moore

Allison Moorer

Cindy Morgan

Rob Morsberger

Geoff Muldaur

Maria Muldaur

Jenni Muldaur

Marcus Mumford

My Morning Jacket


















Willie Nelson

Michael Nesmith

Bob Neuwirth

Debi Nova


Aoife O'Donovan (Crooked Still)


Beth Orton

Van Dyke Parks

Herb Pedersen

Dave Perkins

Bernadette Peters

Sam Phillips

David Poe

Iggy Pop

Quacky Duck

Radford (Johnny Mead)

Bonnie Raitt

Bo Ramsey

Lee Ranaldo

Mac Rebennack (Dr. John)

Lou Reed

Marc Ribot

Johnny Rivers

Brad Roberts (Crash Test Dummies)

Robbie Robertson

Lucy Roche

Suzzy Roche

The Roches

Carrie Rodriquez

Mick Ronson

Jim Rooney

Darius Rucker (Hootie and the Blowfish)

Catherine Russell

Tom Russell

Michael Sackler-Berner

Katey Sagal

Doug Sahm

Kevin Salem

Dave Schram

Charlie Sexton

Jules Shear

Duncan Sheik


Darden Smith

Patti Smith

Jo-el Sonnier

Esperanza Spaulding

Ringo Starr

Cat Stevens

Curtis Stigers


George Strait

Syd Straw

Andrew Strong (The Commitments)

Amy Stroup

Marty Stuart

Billy Swan

Spinal Tap

Taj Mahal

Chip Taylor

Louise Taylor


Chris Thiele

Dave Thomas (Pere Ubu)

Irma Thomas

Kamilla Thompson

Linda Thompson

Richard Thompson

Teddy Thompson

Johnny Tillotson

Justin Timberlake

Liz Tormes

Tanya Tucker

Jeff Tweedy

Little Steven Van Zandt

Suzanne Vega

Vitamin C (Coleen Fitzpatrick)

Loudon Wainwright III

Martha Wainwright

Rufus Wainwright

Sloan Wainwright

Jennifer Warnes

Roger Waters

The Williams Brothers

Dar Williams

Victoria Williams

Lucinda Williams

The Winans

The Wood Brothers

Yo La Tengo

Dwight Yoakum

















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