Dave Gash / 45RPM

What is it?

Lifelong musician and entertainer Dave Gash has put together a solo act unlike anything you've ever heard. Blending musical talent and technological expertise, Dave performs a high-energy classic rock show called 45RPM that covers over three decades of popular hits. Dave's attention to detail and dedication to the original songs shines through in every set. You'll hear songs you know and love — but may not have heard in a long time — played just the way you remember them.

Dave augments the music with bits of trivia and behind-the-scenes stories about the artists and songs, and of course throws in the occasional bad joke so you don't get too comfy.

Dave's computer provides the sidemen and backup singers while Dave belts out the lead vocals and plays guitar on every tune. His guitar even has a built-in synthesizer so he can play specific instrument parts such as sax, harmonica, and organ. As The Eagles sang, "Are ya with me so far?"

How does it sound?

In a word, freakin' amazing! (Okay, that's two words, but you get the idea.) This ain't no canned band, and it sure as hell ain't karaoke! This is real live music, played and sung by a real live musician. Every note, every voice, every nuance of each song is produced at the moment you hear it by Dave and his high-tech backup band. There's no sampling, no re-recording, no "borrowing" from the original songs, and no mp3s — just a crisp, rich, full band sound you have to hear to believe. The songs don't just sound good — they sound right!

Here are some audio samples of Dave in action. Notice the precise vocal harmonies and the guitar synthesizer lead instruments, and bear in mind that these are not overdubbed or studio-sweetened tracks — this is really how the show sounds live! Just choose a clip from the drop-down and press Play.


What's on the song list?

Great tunes and plenty of 'em! Dave plays songs he (and probably you) grew up with, including hits from The Beatles, The Eagles, The Rolling Stones, Neil Diamond, CCR, The Doobie Brothers, and many more. He'll even pull the occasional tune out of his, er, repertoire and surprise you with hits from The Monkees, Johnny Rivers, or Three Dog Night. And he will never, never ever, ever annoy you with original, "Here's one we wrote!" music. You'll know every song Dave plays, even if you haven't heard it in years, or even if you've never heard it played by a live band. In fact, Dave is proud to make his audiences this promise: If he plays one song all night that makes you go "What the hell was that?", he'll buy you a drink!

Okay, enough talk; here's the list. Tip: Click the Song, Artist, or Year headers to sort the list by that column. How cool is that?!?

• Song •• Artist •• Year •
Peaceful Easy FeelingEagles1972
ShambalaThree Dog Night1973
BrandyLooking Glass1972
Love the One You're WithCrosby Stills & Nash1970
Crazy Little Thing Called LoveQueen1979
Baby Hold On to MeEddie Money1977
Back In The USSRBeatles1968
Secret Agent ManJohnny Rivers1966
Take the Money and RunSteve Miller Band1976
LodiCreedence Clearwater Revival1969
The Boys Are Back In TownThin Lizzie1976
Sweet CarolineNeil Diamond 1969
American BandGrand Funk Railroad1973
Cherry CherryNeil Diamond1966
Pretty WomanRoy Orbison1964
Chevy VanSammy Johns1975
Night OwlsLittle River Band1981
Walk of LifeDire Straits1985
VehicleIdes Of March1970
AmiePure Prairie League1975
China GroveDoobie Brothers1973
My GirlTemptations1965
I Can't Get No SatisfactionRolling Stones1965
This BoyBeatles1963
Take It EasyEagles1972
All Right NowFree1970
Travelin' ManRicky Nelson1961
California Dreamin'Mamas & Papas1966
I'm A BelieverMonkees1966
Ramblin' ManAllman Brothers1973
Come MondayJimmy Buffett1974
SomethingBeatles1969
Summer of '69Bryan Adams1984
Jump Jive & WailBrian Setzer Orchestra1999
MemphisJohnny Rivers1964
Jumpin' Jack FlashRolling Stones1968
Long Train Runnin'Doobie Brothers1973
Honky Tonk WomenRolling Stones1969
Runnin' On EmptyJackson Browne1977
Ventura HighwayAmerica1972
Day TripperBeatles1965
Who'll Stop the Rain?Creedence Clearwater Revival1970
Shooting StarBad Company1975
Poor Side of TownJohnny Rivers1966
Brown Eyed GirlVan Morrison1967
Surfin' USABeach Boys1963
MargaritavilleJimmy Buffett1977
Hurt So GoodJohn Mellencamp1982
BirthdayBeatles1968
Norwegian WoodBeatles1965
Sister Golden HairAmerica1975
Jet AirlinerSteve Miller Band1977
Get BackBeatles1969
Witchy WomanEagles1972
You Really Got MeKinks1964
Love Her MadlyDoors1971
Never Been To SpainThree Dog Night1971
Nowhere ManBeatles1966
Down On The CornerCreedence Clearwater Revival1969
Daydream BelieverMonkees1967
Crystal Blue PersuasionTommy James & The Shondells1969
Long Cool Woman in a Black DressHollies1972

How does it work?

For those of you interested in the technology, Dave's backup system is not a bunch of muddy mp3 files. Every track of every song is individually performed and digitally stored for later retrieval. Dave never uses pre-recorded tracks, ripped-off samples, or outside musicians or singers. Every song is all Dave, all the time.

To make the magic happen, Dave programs the various instruments — bass, drums, keyboards, etc. — into a laptop computer using MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) software. He arranges each song to sound like the original, leaving out the instrumental parts he will play live. He then sings all the backup harmonies, one part at a time, and synchronizes them to the MIDI tracks. Finally, when he plays and sings live with the completed MIDI and digital audio tracks... well, he's a one-man band that really sounds like a band!

Contact

Get in touch via email at 45rpm@davegash.com or by phone at 760-214-0698 and let 45RPM be your one-man band!

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