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"His own unique style (think of a cross between Paul Simon and Jeff Buckley, not just in style but also in quality) hits such a level of perfection that it's hard to comprehend anything more beautiful….I have come to know long before now, as Nick Drake was discovered to be, that Tate is one of the most unique singer-songwriters ever." - Heaven Magazine
Critically acclaimed artist Dave Tate’s soulful acoustic music combines finger-picked acoustic guitar, passionate tenor vocals, and poetic imagery to show how strong quiet can be. A native of the red rock desert of Zion National Park, Tate’s music is inspired by the vast spacious beauty of his homeland. Tate's intimate yet dynamic sound is similar the softer material of Ray Lamontagne, Paul Simon and Jeff Buckley. Lyrics rooted in themes of self-discovery are a signature of Tate's music. His graceful yet intense style combines pure, intimate vocals with dynamic acoustic guitar tones.
"Creating music informs who I am as a person and communicates some of the best parts of my soul in a way that no other practice can. I focus on the aspects of myself that I long to return to again and again, the parts I would want to leave to this world when I am gone. If a song is written from a place of authenticity it can stay a powerful force in your life and act as a conduit to a place of peace. This is the space I let myself fall in to when writing and later performing. Songwriting is a cathartic and transformative agent of change. It's is a way of looking directly into the buried feeling, of facing the pain and embracing the bliss. The peace that I find in nature, that effortless enjoyment, is what I strive to communicate with my music. I focus on expressing what is most natural and unaffected in myself."
Since his debut of The Solitude of Here in 2006, Tate has released five records in as many years. Tate's artistic progression and critical acclaim has continued to rise as he's craft takes new clarity and definition. In 2007 Tate met Swedish singer-songwriter Victoria Lagerström. Lagerström came to the US from Stockholm, Sweden to write and record The Same Heart with Tate. The couple soon fell in love and, three weeks after her arrival, were married among the red rock cliffs of Zion. Lagerström never used her return ticket to Sweden. Tate and Lagerstrom now perform almost exclusively as a duo. They have since embarked on several European tours in Sweden and the Netherlands.
Tate has performed at numerous venues and music festivals across the US, and in Europe. When he is not on the road, writing, producing or mixing his and Lagerström's albums, he can be found exploring the the horizons of the American west, often in his own backyard of Zion Canyon.
“All words of praise I had for The Solitude can be applied to this CD as well: it has as much character as a Nick Drake album; Tate has a voice which can closely resemble the young Paul Simon. The entire album exudes a comfortable sense of peace and serenity…mindfulness and intensity go hand in hand…As far as I am concerned Tate is the best singer/songwriter around at the moment.” - Folk Forum
"It is an album of contradiction and clarity, of simplicity and great depth…it is capable of inspiring both tears and contemplative silence. It is capable of acting as ambient background music or as soul-stirring instigator. Such is the talent of Dave Tate. I don’t mean to make this album sound like it was crafted only for peaceniks and Buddhists. Tate’s talent is bigger than our ability to label it. The Houses of Healing is contemporary, spiritual folk…and it is so much more." - The Independent
"Tate is an artist on the cutting edge. One senses the profound honesty and authenticity of the independent artist who effortlessly imposes his timeless, moving, folk style. This brilliant artist is more than deserving of your attention. The Final Hour is a complete success that combines deep emotion and pleasure, Dave Tate is definitely one of the great independent artists." - With Music on My Mind
"His clear vocals stand out on “Fall to You,” which could serve as a blueprint of how love songs should sound. It sounds strange to say a guy has a beautiful voice, but Tate does...On the majestic “Music” Tate perfectly describes his own sound: “Music to soothe the soul.” - The Spectrum
"We've all had moments where the daily grind of life breaks apart a bit and we glimpse the beauty that exists and has always existed beyond the veil. Great things come from this place. Love. Authenticity. Compassion. Sometimes we find a key to help open that door. I recommend "Home Is In The Stars". - Jeff Bilskey (EMI)