David Baerwald

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David Baerwald
Birth nameDavid Francis Baerwald
Born (1960-07-11) July 11, 1960 (age 60)
Oxford, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Rock, folk, folk-pop, country
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Vocals, guitar, keyboards, orchestration
Associated acts David + David

David Francis Baerwald (born July 11, 1960) is an American singer-songwriter, composer, and musician. [1] [2]



Baerwald first came to prominence in 1986 as one half of the duo David + David, with David Ricketts. David and David's sole album, Boomtown , went platinum and stayed on the Billboard album chart for over a year, winning substantial critical acclaim, the debut single "Welcome to the Boomtown" became a top 40 Billboard hit. [1] The duo split up following the success of that album for unexplained reasons.

Following the breakup of David and David, Baerwald focused on writing for others, often under pseudonyms, though he found time to record and release two albums: Bedtime Stories , a romantic album based on tales of suburban ennui and decay, featuring Joni Mitchell on guitar and backup vocals on the track "Liberty Lies" (Baerwald would later sing backup for Joni and appear in the video "Nothing Can Be Done" from her 1991 album Night Ride Home ); and Triage , an ambitious narrative song-suite about the fringe-dwellers of America's paranoid and disaffected subcultures. Both albums were released to critical acclaim but did not see the commercial success that Boomtown did.

In fall of 1992, with friend and producer Bill Bottrell, he cofounded the "Tuesday Music Club", a loose assemblage of musicians whose weekly sessions became the creative force behind Sheryl Crow's debut album Tuesday Night Music Club .

His songs have been recorded by a wide range of artists ranging from the aforementioned Crow to artists as disparate as Japanese classical artists the Yoshida Brothers, opera legend Luciano Pavarotti, rebel-country frontrunner Waylon Jennings, Bangles front woman Susanna Hoffs, LA genre-agnostic outfit Fishbone, country star LeAnn Rimes, jazz artist Holly Cole, critic's darling Jesca Hoop, and actor/singers Kristen Stewart, Nicole Kidman, Ewan McGregor, Ethan Hawke, Hayden Panettiere, Ashlee Simpson, and Steven Strait, among many others.

Outside of popular music, Baerwald has worked extensively as both a songwriter and instrumental score composer in film and television, including the Golden Globe-nominated song from the Baz Luhrmann musical Moulin Rouge! called "Come What May", for which he also won the International Film Music Award, and which has been covered by a wide variety of international artists. He is also a skilled multi-instrumentalist, with a primary focus on stringed instruments.

In 2009 he completed work on the Howard Zinn/Matt Damon/Chris Moore film The People Speak , for which he also co-produced an album of the same name with long-term associate Tony Berg, featuring new performances from Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Randy Newman, Pink, Eddie Vedder, Taj Mahal, Jackson Browne, and others.

Personal life

He is the son of Hans Baerwald, a political scientist, and Diane Moore, a psychologist. He has two sisters: Andrea, a Braille translator; and Jan, a paralegal.[ citation needed ]



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  2. "Welcome to the Boomtown". 45cat.com.