Guitarist Dave Preston has played with: Justin Timberlake, Matt Morris, Charlie Sexton, Kelly Clarkson, Ingrid Michaelson, Emerson Hart, Keaton Simons, Tony Lucca, One Eskimo, Trace Bundy, Tab Benoit, Gregory Alan Isakov. He has played on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS Morning Show, Lopez Tonight, as well as a live performance/recording on “HOPE FOR HAITI NOW” with Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris. He has also been recognized internationally for his ambient guitar work through radio and other media outlets.
Preston’s first ambient music release, “BE” gained national radio play through NPR and international radio syndication through Radio Despi (Spain) and Echoes (USA), “BE” debuted in September 2008 at 91 on the New Age Reporter Charts. The following month, after continued heavy rotation on an increasing amount of radio stations and syndicated shows, “BE” shot up the charts to 66. In 2010, Preston’s second full length ambient record “Soundtrack For Motion” was released and debuted on the Zone Reporter Top 100 at #64 in September after being critically acclaimed.
Preston’s first pop venture, Come Alive, feels like a moment with an artist who has begun to fully vet his potential. And sure enough, the mass of experience combined from playing with pop stars like Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris, as well as working with a long-time pro in Kenny Passarelli, comes through in the writing and performance. Produced by Kenny Passarelli (bassist for Elton John, Joe Walsh, Dan Fogelberg, Stephen Stills) and grammy award winning engineer Clark Hagan (Chet Atkins, Ray Stevens), Come Alive communicates a convergence of the old with the new. Not just the previous experiences of Dave Preston as an ambient artist, composer, session player and guitarist for major artists in the pop world, but the experiences of lifetimes spent in music working with people that have impacted generations and hearts long after the songs were recorded and released.
And this is the impression Come Alive leaves on the listener. The idea that music can not only shock you with a momentary mood change, but that the right artist, song, and message can weave it’s way into the fabric of a person, a culture, and a generation to become a legacy. The EP is a beautiful journey of innovative guitar work, thoughtful lyrics, a unique vocal presence, organic sounds and a hint of what might be coming next from Dave Preston.