Raised in Pine Bluff, Arkansas (home to blues legends Big Bill Broonzy and Cedell Davis), Dave Sadler began playing guitar at the age of twelve. Coming from a musical household, which includes a distant relation to Johnny Cash, a grandfather who was an amateur minstrel singer, and a mother who was a piano teacher - it is no small surprise that Dave continued the musical journey. Raised on the edge of the Delta, blues inspired music surrounded Dave. Where a typical kid might have been found listening to the latest top 40 rock hit, Dave, a self-taught musician who plays by ear, would often be found locked away in his room listening to the likes of B.B. King and Elmore James, trying to emulate their playing styles.
Also heavily influenced by modern players such as Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughn and others, Dave's playing style is a blend of blues, rock, jazz and funk utilizing both electric and acoustic guitars.
A guitarist and studio musician, Dave Sadler is affiliated with BMI as a songwriter/composer and resides in Pine Bluff, Arkansas where he records and publishes for the independent label, BluezArt Records.
Comments from Around the Music World:
Damn Dave! Nice stuff there brother!
-Big Llou Johnson (voice of B.B. King's Bluesville, SiriusXM Radio)
"Very original, love the horns and guitar...Keep on keeping on...I will be looking forward to hearing your new recording."
-Bob Putignano (President New York Blues and Jazz Society)
"Wow! Very professionally made video and the sound rocks!!"
Martin Clarke (host of the award winning show The Blues Session)
"WOW! Love this sound! Really tight. Very happy to have you on the station.
Sheila Cain (Blues City Radio)
“Hey Dave…Great sound, man!”
-Scott Holt (formerly with Buddy Guy)
"Beautiful sounds man!!!......"
-Sugar Blue (Grammy Award winning harmonica player)
"Of all the musicians on this disc, Dave Sadler is the only one I've yet to have the pleasure of previously listening to and working with. Having now done that I can truly say "Welcome to my blues world, Dave". "Fourth Street Ruckus" could have easily been called Fourth Street Melee, Fourth Street Free For All or Fourth Street Donnybrook. Basically, they all mean that all hell is breaking loose and that's exactly what's going on musically on this five minute instrumental. Leading the way with relentless guitar playing, Dave Sadler and the band are kickin' ass."
-Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro, Blues Editor at Mary4Music.com
"With a broad range of bluesrock, jazzy ballads, reggae and funk, this album sought blues inspiration from many places. Arkansas/Mississippi, Louisiana/Texas and Chicago-influences merge into a homogeneous whole, in which Dave Sadler, guitar man from Arkansas, feels at home like a fish in the water."
- Mieke Geukens , Rootstime (Jun 21, 2008)
"Sadler also includes a slew of instrumental numbers on the album which showcase his mastery of the guitar. As well, he gets by with a little help from his friends such as prominent saxophonist, Dan Cipriano, whose playful exchanges on "Can’t Take It With You"..an instant listener’s delight"
- Skott Freedman, Indie-Music.com (Apr 05, 2008)
"Dave Sadler designed this album with solid and really versatile musical building stones that leave a colorful impression from 'Fade To Blue' till 'Blue Reggae'."
- Mieke Geukens, Rootstime (Jun 21, 2008)
"On Fade to Blue, Arkansas blues singer Dave Sadler offers up an eclectic mix of 16 guitar driven songs based in the blues/rock tradition of the Midwest. He's an accomplished multi-instrumentalist and clearly knows what he’s doing on the guitar...musicianship to stand apart from the crowd..."
- Skott Freedman, Indie-Music.com (Apr 05, 2008)
"Matchbox" -single (2013) BluezArt Records
A modern blues-rock take on "Matchbox" featuring the electric slide guitar work of Dave Sadler.
"Matchbox" is a song with a deep history in the blues and rock and roll. "Matchbox Blues" was originally recorded by Blind Lemon Jefferson in 1927. Carl Perkins added additional lyrics and recorded his rock and roll-rockabilly version in 1956. The Beatles were fans of Carl Perkins and began covered the song in 1961. In this updated version Dave Sadler updates the tempo and adds searing electric slide guitar in blues-rock fashion to compliment the traditional lyrics. “Matchbox” by Dave Sadler is now available on iTunes, CDBaby, and other popular download locations.
"People Get Ready" - single (2013) BluezArt Records
It's been covered many times before, but "People Get Ready", originally written by Curtis MayField in 1965, never gets old. On this release Dave Sadler provides a smooth, soulful instrumental interpretation of the timeless classic on electric guitar. Even without words, the music captures the spirit of the redemption Mayfield was pointing to that is possible in the struggle for freedom, equality and peace. “People Get Ready” by Dave Sadler is now available on iTunes, CDBaby, and other popular download locations.
"Fourth Street Ruckus" (2012):
If you like your blues hard-driving, then you will most likely enjoy guitarist Dave Sadler’s new single release, “Fourth Street Ruckus”, a frenetic paced, big blues sound with blistering harmonica and guitar work accompanied by the precision horn work of Dan Cipriano. Roly Platt, one of Canada’s premiere diatonic harmonica players teams with Dave on this title track for the new EP, “Fourth Street Ruckus”, scheduled for release in 2012. Platt, a Toronto native, has become a sought-after live and studio musician due to his versatility and skill. Dan Cipriano, one of the busiest saxophone players in New York, is also no stranger to the music world having toured or recorded with Wilson Pickett, Bruce Springsteen, Allman Brothers, Gary U.S. Bonds, George Thorogood, and a host of others.
"Fade to Blue" (2008):
Working with accomplished studio musicians from across the U.S. and the U.K., Dave Sadler has compiled a collection of music that draws from the blues/rock heritage of the nation’s mid-section. From the farmland Delta of South Arkansas, Mississippi, and Louisiana to the streets of Chicago and the plains of Texas, the early Blues greats paved the way for modern rock, and paid their dues. The music on the "Fade to Blue" CD is intended to be an acknowledgment of their struggles and contributions, with a few messages for our times.