PRESS RELEASE: Triple Seven PR Hello Dave

Chicago based Hello Dave made their Nashville debut last night at the Rutledge for a special showcase.

From left to right:
Back/top - Peter Bauschke - drums
Second row - Marty Williamson - guitar, Mike Himebaugh - lead vocals/guitar, Al Wetzel, bass, Anne Harris, fiddle Front row - Mike "Magoo" McGohan, guitar

Photo credit Bev Moser

Hello Dave was accidentally formed at Eastern Illinois University by singer/songwriter Mike Himebaugh. Set on being a veterinarian while in college, Himebaugh curiously picked up an old acoustic guitar he found in the garage one day and taught himself to play. “Something changed in me when I started playing and I realized it was something I had to pursue,” says Himebaugh. “I come from a musical family and that guitar sparked an ‘aha’ moment. I formed the first incarnation of Hello Dave soon after and began playing shows at school events and moved quickly into shows across the MidWest.”
Big Al Wetzel (bass player) and Mike “Magoo” McGohan (electric guitar) joined Himebaugh in 1999 and together they began booking acts at clubs, bars and festivals, toured the country, and the world. In 2006, Peter Bauschke joined the band as the new drummer, and shortly thereafter, guitar-player Marty Williamson rounded out the band.
“I feel so blessed to have such talented band mates” says Himbaugh. “We’re also extremely fortunate to have such passionate and loyal fans across the country and we’re very excited to take things to the next level.” Many have dubbed Hello Dave’s fresh, new sound ‘Chicago Twang.’ Known for addictive melodies, ringing harmonies and heartfelt, memorable lyrics, the band delivers roaring guitar riffs and a thunderous rhythm section.
Hello Dave currently plays an average of 140 shows a year. They were featured on the 2009 Kenny Chesney Sun City Carnival Tour and played the official pre-parties for five of Chesney’s stadium shows. They have also toured with and opened for such bands as Big & Rich, Little Big Town, Pat Green, Van Zant, Blues Traveler, The Doobie Brothers, and they have been regular performers at Festivals such as Country Thunder. Hello Dave brings new fans on board with every stop they make, including 3 shows on last winter’s sold-out Lynyrd Skynyrd/Simple Man Cruise. The band has also traveled the world entertaining U.S. troops, including Afghanistan and two trips to Iraq.

The band’s newest material features the radio-emphasis track, “Golden,” the insightful “Waterville,” live favorite “Chicago Twang,” traditional country-groove “Ona Mae”, and the wistful “Hazel Shine.” Mike Himebaugh penned the songs, along with bass player Al Wetzel’s contribution on “Ona Mae.” The full-length album Chicago Twang is scheduled for release in early 2010 through Mountain Records, the band’s record label founded by Hello Dave’s manager John Wanzung.

For more information about “Golden” and Hello Dave, please contact manager John Wanzung,, or 773.255.8069, and connect with Hello Dave via

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