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All about Dave

Dave has performed his songs all around Chicagoland at places like SPACE, FitzGerald’s, Martyrs, The Old Town School of Folk Music, The Law Office Pub & Music Hall, and the WXRT mainstage at The World’s Largest Block Party. Though he does frequently get called upon to play solo shows (opening for the likes of Peter Himmelman, Teddy Thompson, Glen Phillips, and others), he really enjoys getting to perform with his band.

While Chris Walke (lead guitar, pedal steel, lap steel) has been playing with Dave for the better part of 20 years, the rhythm section of Justin O'Connell (drums) and Adam Gardner (bass) are more recent additions to the fold. "Justin had been playing drums with some friends of mine so we knew each other. I really liked his drumming, and after he filled in on a gig with me, we started working together here and there," Sills explains. Adam had recently moved back to the area after a stint in Nashville, and through mutual friends, met Justin. The two hit it off and soon formed The Tchotchkes - a set rhythm section that would be fronted by a different singer-guitarist for each show. When The Tchotchkes asked Dave to play one of their shows, he invited Chris along "to play all the difficult parts."

"From the very first rehearsal, it felt really special. I just kind of looked around around the room and thought, 'Yeah, this is what it's supposed to be.' We all did."

So Sills scrapped his original plans for the recording of his next album and decided to make it with Walke, O'Connell, and Gardner. With Gardner producing and engineering (as well as contributing his multi-instrumental skills), recording commenced on what will be Sills' fifth studio album. "I'm having the best time working with these guys. I can't wait for people to hear this record!"