KNOWN BY REPUTATION
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, guitarist Dave Paris may not exactly be a household name, but his musical contributions have been part of national and international projects, and his reputation as a rising-star guitar player is spreading quickly.
Whether it’s internet rock radio, a folk program on an AM station in South Dakota, a new country single garnishing national airplay, background music pumping up a crowd at a roller derby event, a symphonic rock Christmas single, or hard rock Christian stations in Europe, These are but a few places his versatility has been utilized, and his guitar playing and writing style fit right in.
Dave’s contributions in the recording studio keeps him “genre-jumping” between artists, studios, and sessions. He’s added jazz-oriented, rockabilly flavor to an indie demo, then co-wrote, produced, arranged and laid down arena rock-oriented guitar leads for inspirational speaker and vocalist Bob Colquhoun. After finishing new-country riffs for rising country artist Mitch Goudy’s release, he tracked electrifying rock solos for Justin Hill’s holiday CD, “Wonder”. Dave’s musical resume also includes southern gospel, acoustic hymn arrangements, as well as guitar-fueled pop for Diana Upton-Hill. All of this is aside from continually writing and recording for his own projects.
Dave’s live resume is equally impressive, making him the go-to guitarist for many stage opportunities. He’s played in front of a string orchestra as part of Diana Upton-Hill’s Christmas concert arena series, and has been called into quieter Sunday morning services and retirement facilities with his expressive acoustic guitar voicings. In his musical history, Dave has rocked the stage opening for acts like Bride and Disciple, stood alone with an acoustic guitar at numerous coffeehouses, and warmed-up the crowd for an evening of smooth jazz featuring saxophonist Walter Beasley.
His own band, “The Dave Paris Group,” is a pull-no-punches trio with musician-oriented modern rock and blues elements. Their arrangements jump between instrumental hard rock and jamming blues, stripped down acoustic songs, and female fronted vocal-intensive anthems featuring his bassist/vocalist/keyboardist/wife Barbe Paris. Their style contains elements of many different artists including Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, Dream Theater, Skillet, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Flyleaf, Paul Gilbert, Evanescence and Steve Vai, just to name a few. Active since 2006, the Dave Paris Group has played numerous festivals including the main stage at Bash on the Farm as well as showcasing at the legendary Cornerstone Music Festival. In 2010, his band released “Words and Music,” an EP which landed them international attention via radio stations worldwide and the internet. This release featured their instrumental “Greater than Angels,” a hard rock live favorite utilizing the Talkbox guitar effect. The single release, “Shoes” allowed Barbe to stretch her soprano-toned pipes over the top of heavy seven-string riffs and a heart-pounding arrangement. Dave has also released singles via digital download through iTunes, CDBaby, Amazon, and other outlets, including his single “Chapter and Verse”, which features guitar heavyweight Jeff Scheetz.
Paris’ personal quest for musical excellence has taken him coast to coast. His studies at Hollywood’s Guitar Institute of Technology in Los Angeles and at Paul Gilbert’s Music Camp in upstate New York placed him in the midst of many well-known guitar heroes including Tony MacAlpine, Paul Gilbert, Steve Hunter, Dan Gilbert, and Guthrie Govan.
With a “pay it forward” attitude, Dave utilizes his education and talent when teaching private lessons or guitar/music workshops and clinics. Dave’s passion for sharing and interacting with other players brings him into youth groups, clubs, and festivals to talk shop with up-coming players and students in an effort to inspire and teach. He is also actively involved in a local songwriters group and has collaborated with artists who have performed his contributions at stadium events.
Dave’s official website, www.daveparis.com, features free music downloads, links to his social media sites, info about the band, details on upcoming shows, and other news. Get to know Dave Paris, you are probably already hearing him.
(Written by Rick Long and Teresa McDonnell)