Dave Sutherland

Dave Sutherland is a London-based Americana country singer-songwriter. An accomplished performer filled with raw energy and emotion, his new album ‘Last Drop of Empty’ is produced by Stacy Parrish, whose work with T Bone Burnett, Alison Krauss and Robert Plant on Raising Sand won him a number of Grammy awards and legendary Jefferson Aiplane/Hot Tuna’s Jack Casady, who also plays bass on the album. Dave met Stacy when headlining at the Troubadour in West London, when talk turned to them working on a record together, Stacy approached his longtime friend Jack Casady to co-produce. A text message to Dave from Stacy simply said: “Jack listened to your voice for less than 5 seconds before saying ‘I’ll do it’”.

‘Last Drop Of Empty’ was released in March to critical acclaim with extensive airplay across the UK, Europe and America. The first single ‘Damaged’ reached No.6 on the British and Irish Country Charts and No.5 in Europe, with the accompanying video picking up a number of awards.

Dave’s music speaks of life, love and London with the eye of an artist and the ear of a poet. He released his first record under the guidance of Bert Jansch. His album ‘American Refrigerator’ cemented his popularity in the UK and elevated him Stateside with his US audience often asking ‘How can you speak like this and sing like that?” A state-hopping tour of the US then saw his last album ‘On The Waiting List’ reach No1 on the US Americana charts. He’s currently touring ‘Last Drop of Empty’ around the UK, with a US tour planned for next year. 

In the summer of 2022, Dave released the single “Yorkshire Grey”. The Yorkshire Grey was a pub on the South Circular in Road in south east London, infamous for the bare-knuckle fights held in the back room between legends such as Lenny ‘The Guv’nor’ McLean and Brian ‘Mad Gypsy’ Bradshaw. Dave remembers being taken there as a child by his uncles, who would leave him sitting outside with a bottle of Coke and three packets of cheese and onion crisps, telling him to ‘make
it last’, whilst they went inside to watch the fights. He has clear memories of the smell of the pub every time the door opened and the excitement and anticipation in the air.

Dave had an idea for a song about a young man being offered a lot of money to fight one of the big-named fighters, and who agreed so he could buy a ring for his sweetheart. It’s one of Dave’s most popular live songs, regularly requested at gigs. 

The heel stomping ‘Ghosts’, a story of separation and love, is the opening track on Dave’s album ‘Last Drop Of Empty’. It It features Dave on guitar and vocals, Jack Casady from Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna on bass, Gunnar Frick on piano, Ross Garren on harmonica and Stacy Parrish on a plethora of accompanying instruments.