Dave vividly remembers how the gravelly baritone of Louis Armstrong ignited his passion for music. Louis Armstrong is not your usual country music inspiration, but the boundaries of genre never concerned Dave. He is not your normal artist.
Typical, No / Honest, Yes / Country to the core, Yes.
Growing up, Dave drew inspiration from everything and everyone. Starting at the age of ten, he worked with his father selling and repairing farming equipment as well as planting and harvesting in his hometown of Green Bay, Wisconsin. The 8-track deck in his dad’s truck introduced him to the honest storytelling of Kenny Rogers, the spiritual emotion of Dolly Parton, and the haunting sadness of Hank Williams. It was at this early age that Dave discovered that a great song could draw you in,stir every emotion, and leave you almost breathless.
As he got older, he decided to pay homage to the legends that captivated his ten-year-old mind and made the move to Nashville, TN to pursue his dream. Dave recorded his debut single Tangled Up in the internationally renowned Blackbird Studio with Ronnie “Lil’ Ronnie” Jackson, a member of the writing and production team responsible for Scotty McCreery’s certified platinum hit I Love You This
Big. This relationship led him to using phenomenal musicians including Seth Rausch (Keith Urban’s drummer) and Brent Rader as his band director, to bring the song to life. This song was well received by country radio and charted on the Music Row Country Breakout Charts with no promoter behind it.
Shortly after, he followed it up with his 2017 sophomore release, Without You, which peaked at #60 on the charts. This tune earned him the recognition in the country music community and opened up doors for him that he never saw coming. He joined forces with a band of A list musicians who have played for the likes of Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Big and Rich, Kellie Pickler, etc. and did an extensive 20 show run with them, touring and opening for sold out shows for Old Dominion. Dave also opened for artists including Little Big Town, Keith Urban, Joe Nichols and Cam and even had shows alongside Dylan Scott and Kelsea Ballerini. This whirlwind lifestyle continues to be a full adventure with the release of his brand new single, Nowhere With You. His raspy twang mixed with well-crafted lyrics and unforgettable hooks is guaranteed to leave listeners singing the tune all day long. This song, which was co-written by Dave and Bridgette Tatum (writer for Jason Aldean’s hit She’s Country), will be released to country radio February 2018. “I feel so many people can relate to this song,” says Dave. “When I write, I want to write about things that everyone experiences…whether it be pain, joy, or simple funny things that we all do on a daily basis.”
In his music and life, his positivity is infectious. He is a modern force to be reckoned with. His readiness to laugh leaves a lasting impression. He is happy because he knows he is blessed. His faith is central to everything he does. He does not take anything for granted. With a readiness to laugh, this country artist holds his positive attitude at the center of his inspiration, which leaves friends and fans with a lifelong impression. Knowing that he is truly blessed, Dave McElroy mixes his old-school gentleman values with his new found public voice to ensure he never loses what’s behind every great country song – a great story.
Livin’ Life One Laugh At A Time