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Once up a time there was a young boy who wanted to play guitar... He pestered his mom so much even only at the age of 6 that she decided to take the lessons herself & give the lessons to him, figuring he wouldn't stick with it. Unfortunately she came home with a Hawaiian guitar lesson plan. Kinda funny since now he loves to dink around with dobros, lap steels & pedal steels, but at the time all he could say was, "no Mom - Roy Rogers, not Don Ho.... Gene Autrey, not Don Ho...." He just wanted to strum while he sang; and he'd been singing since he could talk.

David Alan Trabue, a native of Louisville, Kentucky, spent his formative years with the wealth of influences the musical center of the state has to offer. With clubs open till 4:00 A.M. every night and the diversity a large metropolitan area draws to those venues, Dave had a huge pool of talent to learn from, such as:

Bluegrass Alliance with Dan Crary , who Dave regularly opened for with a folk trio at the famous Red Dog Saloon. New Grass Revival evolved from the Alliance as one of the premier progressive bluegrass groups and a major influence on that genre. Dave shared the stage with New Grass often at The Great Midwestern Bluegrass Hall.

As a crowd warmer for The Osbourne Brothers , of "Rocky Top" fame, Dave was goaded (by the Great Midwestern's owner) into throwing his rendition of "Rocky Top" into the second show. Dave lived to tell about it.


In front of Iron Butterfly, one of Dave's rock collaborations drew great response from a throng of over 11,000 fans at Louisville's Memorial Coliseum.

Mark O'Connor
, a fiddle virtuoso even when he was too young to be in the bar (technically, but what the hell) also had a show with Trabue as an opener.


When he first came to California Dave was back into his solo format and early on performed on the same billings with such greats as Spanky & Our Gang, Queen Ida's Bontomps Zydeco Band, Jesse Colin Young, and Donovan. With fiddle and mandolin backing Dave has opened for David Grisman, Dave Van Ronk , Los Lobos, and a San Francisco favorite, Norton Buffalo .

In the country world, bands of Trabue's have opened for Hank Snow, The Desert Rose Band, and Holly Dunn . Recently, while playing guitar and lap-steel at San Francisco's Blue Lamp Dave had the good fortune to be joined on stage by the lap-steel great, Freddie Roulette. Trabue's face still hurts from smiling.

And smiling is what he wants from his stage life. 

"If I leave the music world having made a few people's lives more enjoyable and their evenings a little more satisfying through my pickin' and grinnin', I know I will have had an opportunity that many never get, and I'll leave feeling pretty darn good about that." 

Hopefully, though, that won't be for a long, long time!!


Recording credits include:

"Between the Grey and Blue" - Dave's latest CD, alternating covers and originals in a wonderful 15 song presentation of strong singing, great harmony, and tasty acoustic instrumentation.

"Echoes of a Cannon" - Dave's first commercial CD. Original songs and arrangements recorded and performed entirely by Dave.

"Bananas" - A public television series on parenting - Soundtrack writer- lyrics, vocals & guitar.

"Plastic Worms" - Rick St. Charles & Lisa Monet - Pedal steel guitar & background vocals.

"The Big Green Bus" - Television commercial for Humboldt Transit - Actor, singer & guitarist.

"Infinite Distractions" - Davido - Pedal steel guitar.

"Great Highway" - Great Highway - Pedal steel guitar & backup vocals.

"Itch" - Jenny Kerr Band - Pedal steel guitar & backup vocals.

"Take Cover" - Andrew' Freeman - Pedal steel guitar & backup vocals.

"Down, Not Out" - Andrew's newly released CD - Pedal steel guitar.

 "Country Project" - The Stragglyrs - Pedal steel guitar & mandolin.

"Lipstick and Dirt" - Mo Robinson - Dobro & mandolin.

"Songs From The Living Room" - Bob Peterson - Dobro & mandolin.

My Occupation

Senior Paralegal in a small law practice specializing in Estate Planning and Trust Administration.
Singer and musician for much of my life, and as much as I can nowadays.

My blog

  1. Everyman

    01/12/14 08:48:20 | 0 Comments

    "I am Everyman and the things inside of me
    are in every man; they just vary by degree.
    I'm a poet, I'm a pauper, I'm a picker, I'm a king.
    I am Everyman and a part of everything."
     
    Kentucky Dave
    1993

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    Kataan

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    01/29/13

    Dave,

    Did you purchase that 0000-18 that was up for sale?  If so whats your thoughts on that guitar.

    Thanks,
    Steve

    01/29/13

    Reply from kydave:

    Not me. I'm a rosewood guy.
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    MachineHead

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    04/02/12

    Thanks for your help in clarification.  My wife and I are doing wellhe reason I wasn't able to tell the size difference in the picture is probably because I'm a one-eyed pirate right now with a patch over my left eye.  Had surgery for a detached retina last week.  Doc said all looks well, and I should completely healed in about 6 weeks.  Hope this finds you and your family doing well also.
    Regards,
    Dennis Patterson

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    MachineHead

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    04/02/12

    Hi Dave, please excuse my ignorance, but I always get confused about 00, 000, 0000.  In your recent picture of a 000-28H, flanked by a 00-28, and a 0000-28, the tops of the guitars look to be the same dimensions.  Are the body depths the main difference???  Thanks!!!!  Always enjoy your informative and humorous posts.
    MachineHead
    Dennis Patterson
    Murphy, TX
    dendeb1@verizon.net

    04/02/12

    Reply from kydave:

    Hi Dennis,

    I'm a little surprised you don't see the difference in size in that photo.  It's significant.
    The 00 is 14 5/16" wide;
    The 000 is 15" wide;
    The 0000 is 16". 
    They are all the same depth of 4 1/8" (compared to a dread at 4 7/8").

    How you been?

    Dave

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    Ice

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    09/07/10

    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for you response.  I wish Larrivee would make that Brazilian parlor with a slotted head, then I think they would have something.  I was able to get the 2 Brazilian and 1 quilted maple Larrive all for $5900 and all of them are mint condition.  I am hoping the value will go up on the Brazilian guitars in the next 5 years. I really love quilted maple and have 2 Taylor's made from it.   I have a Martin custom HD-28VS, a custom D-35S, and, and a custom 000-16SRGT and while the sound may be little different between all of the guitars, the Larrivee's sound great to my ears.

    I have been putting the Mitchell platemate on all of my guitars as it just makes good sense to me to protect the bridge plate.  The luthier at the Podium who does my set ups thinks they are the greatest thing since sliced bread.  I was just down there to have the 000-60BZ set up and he showed me the bridge plate he had just replace on a guitar.  I am not sure if it makes the guitar sound better or worse, but to my ear I cannot tell the difference.  I have been using Elixer phosphor bronze on my guitars, I was wondering what strings you are using. 

    Mark

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    09/07/10

    Reply from kydave:

    I've been primarily using the Martin SP4200 medium phosphor bronze strings, alternating them with the Ernie Ball Power Acoustic Slinky (formerly EB Studio Phosphor Bronze) mediums (.013-.056).
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    Ice

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    09/03/10

    Hey Dave,

    How are you?  I recently bought a Larrivee SD-60BZ Brazilian and trade one of my two Ditson 111 for a Larrivee 000-60BZ Brazilian.  I also bought a Larrivee L-09QM quilted maple.  My total investment in the 3 of these guitars, all of which are in mint conditon, is less than $6500.  The guitars all sound great.  I have a bunch of big Martins which I love.  However, the bang for the buck that you get with the Larrivee guitars is hard to believe.  Have you played any Larrivee's?

    Mark

    09/07/10

    Reply from kydave:

    Hi Mark,

    I'm glad you like your guitars. Unfortunately, I've yet to play a Larrivee which impressed me. I've played a lot of models, including a Braz parlor that I really wanted to like (and buy maybe).  They were all nicely made, good looking guitars, but none of them jumped out at me soundwise.

    But that's only my personal opinion and certainly has a lot of people who feel differently.

    Enjoy yours!

    Dave
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