David Brooks invites us to “The David Motel”


by Dave Carew

What do you do when you’re an Americana singer-songwriter named “Dave” . . . whose guitar player is named “Dave” . . . and whose drummer is named “Dave”?

If you’re David (“Dave”) Brooks, you call your project The David Motel.

During my career as a reviewer and interviewer, I’ve been fascinated by the question, Why did this artist release this particular album at this particular time? David Brooks answers that question about The David Motel: People, Places, Things in particularly revealing detail:

The David Motel offers tales of weariness originating from too many nights spent in hotel rooms, too much heartbreak, the inevitable passage of time, and the unceasing struggle to keep up,” Brooks says. “These songs embody the roller coaster of emotions I’ve experienced over the last several years. There have been highs and lows. And this collection really puts that journey into perspective.”

Working with acclaimed producer/songwriter David Coleman (The Coal Men), David Brooks has created an album that is—like the best of Americana music—revelatory and artful in a decidedly simple—or seemingly simple—way. From boot-stomping rockers like “Green Eyes” and “Ain’t That How It Goes” to wistful ballads like “Sing Me to Sleep” and “Little Girl From Natchez”, The David Motel memorably paints not only the state of one man’s soul in early 2015, but an arresting pathway for those who cherish what the most authentic Americana music can offer.

When reviewers at Rolling Stone especially like a new album, they spotlight it under the headline “Buy This Now.” I’d slap that label on The David Motel. You’ll be glad you’ve punched this Cosmic American Music ticket.

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Amazon.com and XLibris.com. Dave is also a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville by Dave Carew—which was praised by The Tennessean as “beautiful, haunting, powerful”—is now available in an all-new paperback edition. For more information, please visit:


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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew



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