David Strother

Los Angeles-based alternative violinist and composer David Strother has been featured in recordings and on stage and film since the 1980s. He has played for numerous local Los Angeles bands, including Lawrence Lebo[1], Long John Oliva, and The Radio Ranch Straight Shooters. He ranges in style from jazz, blues and swing to avant garde/alternative, but proclaims his passion lies in alternative, both in performance and composition. He attended both Cal State Los Angeles, where he earned a B.A. in classical composition, and Los Angeles City College.

Strother has been featured on movie and television soundtracks including for David Lynch in “The Straight Story,” “Philadelphia Experiment II,” “Doug” [2], and “The Rookie.” [3]

Strother still occasionally appears with the The Radio Ranch Straight Shooters, who were important members of the LA Roots/Rockabilly/Punk scene. RRSS played on the same stage with The Blasters, X, and Big Sandy & His Fly-Rite Boys. Strother played alongside DJ Bonebrake, Bill Bateman (drummer, The Blasters), Chas Smith, Smokey Hormel, Hank Van Sickle, Denny Croy (former Moon Martin bassist) and Nick Kane (guitarist for The Mavericks). He has also played for Rebekah Del Rio and currently appears with Davie Gayle’s country/roots band[4]. He also co-hosts, along with the Los Angeles poet Ricardo Acuna[5], the monthly Poetry & Wine Salon at the Majestical Roof Gallery in the Old Town District of Pasadena, California. [6]

In 2006, Strother released his first solo CD entitled “the desert is singing” with Remba Records, which features solo electric violin and original composition by Strother. A 2010 track review by C. Michael Bailey of allaboutjazz.com praised Strother’s unaccompanied version of “Blue Monk,” writing, “Strother’s dissolution is delicious, departing so far from the blues that John Coltrane could probably see him coming. Flights of whimsy and demonic psychic breaks characterize this far-reaching playing.”[7] The CD has also been described on Amazon as “meditative” and “soulfully deep.[8]” A new EP work by Strother, “soundings.live,” was released in July 2011 and features his playing on the five string electric violin, which he began using exclusively in 2009.[9]He also became an official artist for NS Design in 2011

 

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