Ever-energetic Nashville music icon talks career, equipment and the state of the musicians union
Dave Pomeroy has been a mainstay in the Nashville music scene for more than thirty-five years as a bassist, bandleader and producer. After touring and recording with country music legend Don Williams from 1980 to 1994, Dave has since performed live with a long list of major music artists, including Steve Winwood, John Fogerty, Willie Nelson, Peter Frampton, Mose Allison and many others.
As a session player, Dave has played bass on more than five hundred albums with a wide range of artists, including Keith Whitley, Emmylou Harris, Alan Jackson, Earl Scruggs, Elton John, Alison Krauss and Trisha Yearwood. He has also made numerous television appearances with the likes of Chet Atkins, Vince Gill, Eric Johnson, Sheryl Crow and Earl Klugh.
Over the past two decades, Pomeroy has released more than a dozen projects on his label, Earwave Records. His latest release, a DVD titled The Day the Bass Players Took Over the World, is a digitally remastered re-release of a 1996 concert video, featuring Dave and the All-Bass Orchestra, with special guests Victor Wooten & Friends.
Pomeroy is a multiple Nashville Music Awards winner, as well. In 1991, his instrumental band Tone Patrol was voted “Jazz Band of the Year.” Dave was also voted “Studio Musician of the Year” in 1991 and “Bassist of the Year” in 1997. Since 2008, Dave has served as the president of Nashville Musicians Association, AFM Local 257.
FBPO’s Jon Liebman caught up with Dave at the 2014 summer NAMM show in Nashville.
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