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David Massengill

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David Massengill (born in 1951 in Bristol, Tennessee) is an American folk singer/songwriter, guitar and appalachian dulcimer player. His best-known songs include “On The Road to Fairfax County,” recorded by The Roches and by Joan Baez, “The Great American Dream,” and “My Name Joe,” about an illegal immigrant restaurant worker. For some years after he began recording, Massengill maintained a day job as a restaurant dishwasher. He also contributed his poignant dulcimer-centered version of “The Crucifixion” to 2001’s multi-artist double-disc tribute to Phil Ochs, “What’s That I Hear. ” In addition to his skills as a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and both virtuoso and educator on the appalachian dulcimer, he is also a prolific author-illustrator of pocket-sized children’s books and has performed and recorded children’s music. Massengill continues to tour, frequently with long-time friend and fellow songwriter Jack Hardy as a duo called the Folk Brothers. As a music educator, Massengill is famed for presenting his “Taking the Dull out of Dulcimer” workshops at festivals and music gatherings around North America, and is one of the instrument’s prime proponents in the field of melding traditional and contemporary music styles (including alternate tunings); and is a mentor to many in the dulcimer and folk community in general.

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  • jeh0753

    David Massengill is great! Give him some shouts, guys!

    15 Nov 2009 Reply

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