Dave Mathias was born in the small rural town of Silvis, Illinois but was raised by the sounds of Bob Kingsley and the Country Top 40. As far back as he can remember, country music has always played a major role in his life. Since he was twelve years old and picked up his first guitar, the feel of music was something that no individual could replace.
“The ability to speak directly to someone’s heart and tell a complete story in around three minutes, is priceless.”
Fans describe Dave’s musical style as being heart-felt country, amazingly similar to the deep emotional lyrics sung by country music legend Keith Whitley. He has also been compared to the musical styles of Garth Brooks, Alan Jackson, and George Strait, but with a new and unique voice. Dave is an experienced singer and songwriter, who continues to perform songs that touch a broad audience by simply conveying the songs as if they were experienced life stories. He just finished recording his latest project with legendary producer Nelson Larkin and CMA Engineer of the year, Ron “Snake” Reynolds, which includes two songs written by himself. While writing music from the heart, lyrics and melodies have become one of his greatest passions. Dave is well known as a thoughtful and emotional personality and continues to be an asset to today’s Country Music Market. Dave has performed for various venues and audiences around the Midwest, including outdoor festivals and competitions. He has been successful in various competitions, including the 2003 and 2004 “Nashville Star” produced by the USA Network. His guitar playing and finger picking style continues to be the heart of his unique style and has even been commented on by major recording artists, such as Steve Holy. Dave continues to be a very “believable” on-stage performer and has the ability to capture the audience’s full attention on every appearance. Some of his favorite venues continue to include performing private acoustic shows for the elderly and children. Following the birth of the band “Dave Mathias and The Outlaws”, within a year’s time, he was very successful in building a large and growing fan base throughout the Midwest. Dave has recently invested in his future by funding the creation of his first two CD releases, which have sold well over 1,500 copies near his hometown in Illinois. Thanks to continued radio play, interviews, and television appearances, Dave’s reputation and music have become both a local and international sensation. His latest release, “I Found A New Love” continues to be played on country radio stations in countries such as Belgium, Japan, Norway, and Germany.
"The twang of Garth Brooks, the tone of Kenney Chesney, and the style of John Michael Montgomery - all without trying to be any of them. That is newcomer Dave Mathias in a nutshell. I've been a listener a lot longer than I have been a writer, and over the years I have often found myself picking stars, from the first time I heard Little Texas Play, to more recently being drawn in by Phil Vassar's rocking piano mixed with powerful country ballads. When I listen to Dave Mathias I hear that star quality."
-Michael Allison (AngryCountry.com)
"Country music fans take note. A name you will be hearing a lot of is Dave Mathias. Dave has all the "goods" to be a star. A great voice, super songs, and he's a great entertainer. His good looks don't hurt either. He already has a great fan base and that will only grow when you hear his latest CD. Give a listen and you'll see exactly what I mean."
-Cosmo Leone (Program Director 101.7 The Bull)