Versatility: this has always been the goal of guitarist Dave Paris. From the formable years of Dave’s playing, he has always sought to be the type of guitarist who could fit into any circumstance or musical situation. Performing thousands of shows over the years, he has played clubs and coffeehouses, festivals and videos, churches and youth camps, radio singles to commercials, and taught hundreds of guitar lessons. With his playing experience beginning as a child, Dave has studied music theory and composition in both classical and jazz styles, and attended Hollywood California’s Musicians’ Institute/Guitar Institute of Technology.
Since 2006, the Dave Paris Group has been amazing and inspiring audiences. With a meld of aggressive guitar-fueled modern and blues instrumentals in the vein of Joe Satriani, Eric Johnson, and Steve Vai, the band also performs their original vocal tunes with a "Skillet meets Flyleaf" style featuring bassist/vocalist Barbe Paris. Drummer Robert Yoder has been with the band since 2007.
Yet the versatility of guitarist Dave Paris has been seen and heard in many genres outside of his own group. As a private guitar instructor, Dave often conducts clinics at youth groups and venues where his band plays. He also performs as a solo acoustic artist, covering classical and jazz arrangements in coffeehouses and churches, and has opened for jazz saxophonist Walter Beasley. Dave is also the guitarist for Diana Upton Hill, a performer who's "Pop Orchestra" features a full band and string section, and packs auditoriums with a Mannheim Steamroller and Trans-Siberian Orchestra oriented Christmas program.
October 2010 marks the release of the Dave Paris Group's six-song project "Words and Music." The collection provides the crowd favorites from their high energy live show, and features songs that emphasize the group's versatility. Highlights include "Shoes", a modern/hard rock, low-tuned arrangement showcasing Barbe's high soprano range and Dave's powerful riffing, as well as the alternative song "Sometimes", which features introspective lyrics and wah pedal solos. "Childlike Faith" is an alt/worship power ballad that features driving acoustic and electric guitar as well as harmony solos, and the instrumental "Greater than Angels" features the "talkbox" guitar effect, varying tempos and modern metal drumming.
Dave's official website at www.daveparis.com features free music downloads, as well as links to his Facebook and MySpace pages, which provide opportunities to listen to his amazing music online.
Whether hard rock, melodic blues, or driving acoustic, there appears to be no limits to Dave's style, and a little something for everyone.