Dave Mackenzie (#1006)

Authentic country blues from “a guy and his guitars.”

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Nashville’s Dave Mackenzie brings his authentic country blues to this edition of Jubilee, armed only with a metal-bodied dobro and 6- and 12-string guitars.

Mixing old-time sounds and modern-day sensibilities, Dave’s solo performance proves that one guitar is more than enough to get the groove going. “There’s something about that one-guy-and-his-guitar approach that still appeals to a lot of people; you get the chance to really hear the song and let it do its share of the work,” he explains. “The reason this music is still alive is because people can hear it for the first time and understand it. The basic subject matter never changes.”

A two-time recipient of the Music City Blues Society’s Acoustic Blues Act of the Year award, Mackenzie regularly participates in the society’s Blues in the Schools program by conducting demonstrations and lectures at the Country Music Hall of Fame on the history of metal-bodied dobros and early roots recordings.

Mackenzie was born in St. Louis and attended school in Iowa, Colorado, Germany, and Mississippi. After receiving his first guitar at age 10, he was inspired to play the blues after hearing a Lightnin’ Hopkins record. His first public performance was at age 13 at an NCO club in Germany.