Photo courtesy of David Shelby Sometimes the road back home isn’t as the crow flies “When you’re born into a proud Polish-Russian family they issue you an accordion and a bowling ball,” David states, “My dad taught me to use both. It’s easier to pick up a split with an accordion.”
David was soon playing that squeeze-box along with the Garth Brooks records the country station was spinning in his native Detroit. He has a long list of groups and artists who have influenced his style including the above mentioned as well as Chris Ledoux, Big and Rich, Diamond Rio, Toby Keith, Brad Paisley, Emerson Drive, Tim McGraw, Gary Allen, Keith Urban, and Jeffrey Steele to name a few. “I try to not limit myself to what different artists have to offer and am always open to new influences while trying to stay true to who I am as a performer and songwriter”, he explains. He has taken part in the annual WYCD Hoedown for four consecutive years and has shared the stage and have been on shows with the likes of Lonestar, Kenny Chesney, Justin Moore, Cowboy Troy, Carter’s Chord, Alto Reed, Mark Farner from Grand Funk Railroad, Mitch Ryder, Bryan Adams, Sammy Kershaw, Bombshell, Styx, Foreigner, and Ty Stone to name a few. David traveled far and wide to find what he needed…just a microphone, a killer band, and an audience to entertain.
In 2009 David moved to Nashville and signed a production deal with famed industry record producer Ed Seay (Martina Mcbride, Willie Nelson, Blake Shelton) and Zaviton Music Group executive Russ Zavitson (Billy Ray Cyrus). He currently splits his time between his native Detroit and Nashville, Tennessee, and is currently in the process of recording his anticipated second album with producer Mark Burch.