Dave Landeo could do a lot of things to make a living, but he's determined to press ahead as a professional performer. His positive attitude matches his love for all things rock 'n' roll.
The singer/guitarist (and former U.S. Marine) has made a living as a full-time musician since 1994, playing acoustic solo gigs and with a variety of cover bands and original groups. At 48, he's strummed through a wide repertoire of music — handling anything from standard bar fare to more obscure gems.
Although Landeo grew up in Nashville, he was much more into Zeppelin than anything going on at the Music City's Grand Ole Opry or Ryman Auditorium. A bit of country music slips into his set from time to time, however.
"Those rock influences from the '70s really creep in and it all just kind of flows. Much of the latest album Sol Juice [released in 2007] was more upbeat and family-oriented. When it came out, some of my old fans said, 'These sound nice, but how about doing some of those David Allan Coe songs?' I write a lot and test new stuff. At local shows, I add my tunes to the set."
One of his busiest gigs in the late '80s and '90s was as the bassist with The Woodys, a staple on the frat circuit around Tennessee, Georgia, and the Carolinas. After he and his wife Christy relocated from Knoxville to Mt. Pleasant two years ago, he developed a busy routine, gigging around the Charleston area.
"I travel to Tennessee a lot to play gigs with friends up there, but I've been trying to play consistently around town here," Landeo says.
When he's not performing as a solo act, Landeo brings a full band to the local stages, either as a trio or a quartet. Christy occasionally sits in on vocals and tambourine. Landeo rotates a healthy roster of special guests as well. It all rocks nicely.
Dave Landeo performs weekly at both Red's Ice House locations and at the Grand Pavilion at Wild Dunes. Visit davidlandeo.com for more.