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David Massey


F E A T U R E D   R E V I E W S

" . . . finest Americana from someone who knows his craft." - Country Jukebox, 2022

" . . . full of quality songs that tell a story and grab listeners' hearts and force them to consider his message." - Rootstime, 2022

". . . another example of David Massey's quality and versatility both lyrically and musically. Here he has raised the bar even further so that when I recommend songs to start with, it will be all seven." -, 2022

"Lyrically it is clear Massey is a craftsman  . . . " -, 2022

"A six track ep slowly conjured from David Massey's most beautiful inner and melodic notebooks. Music that wanders and wanders along the rippling lines of the water. Clinking sounds on towards the shore. The sun setting on the horizon. A country music riff. As pretty as it gets."  - Blaskan, 2021

"As in the past, the former lawyer's talent for evoking feelings and experiences in the hearts and ears of his listeners with just a few words is very much in the tradition of the great songwriting icons from Bob Dylan and Tom Petty to Mark Knopfler, and yet he always remains himself in an unmistakably likeable way - Massey takes us on a journey into his very own reality, in which there is so much to discover." - Country Jukebox 2021

"Apparently [Massey] doesn't venture far from the coffee houses of DC. That's a shame. If he took it further afield there are plenty out there who would like this a lot."

- Fatea , 2021


"American singer-songwriter David Massey never disappointed us in the past with his four released albums. Now each and every one of the six tracks on his latest EP “Island Creek” is of the highest quality with excellent musicality and a great vocal performance by this artist from Washington D.C." - Rootstime, 2021

"You might call David Massey a veteran singer-songwriter.  After four albums the Washington DC artist still hasn't made his breakthrough, though sub rosa each one has been critically acclaimed."  - Folk World, 2019

"Think J.J. Cale cruising across the desert with his shades on and his arm out the window of a classic Mustang.  A tight trio playing a hybrid of country and blues and, on the fabulous 'Rio Lagarto,' a touch of mariachi . . ."

- R2 (Rock 'n' Reel) , 2019


"an amazing singer/songwriter . . . this feels like a hidden jewel . . . do not miss this album."

- Strutter, 2015


"A great and beautiful album."

- Late For the Sky, 2015


"The title track, laid down on a portable, digital recorder in a living room, features just David accompanied by guitar. The sheer power of this song is the ultimate proof that Massey desperately deserves far greater fame."

- Keys and Chords, 2015


"An artist to discover." 

-Le Cri Du Coyote, 2015


"[Massey] writes engaging melodies and, with the help of producer Jim Robeson, has crafted an acoustic-based album of Americana that pulls off the rare feat of making often dark material poignant and reflective rather than saddening or melancholy." Country Music People, 2015

"Massey manages, with his storytelling, to blow away celebrities such as John Prine, James McMurtry, Todd Snider and others that have preceded him." - Rootstime, 2004




Darkness At Dawn is currently at number 13 on the Roots Music Report’s Americana Country Album Chart (it seems to have peaked at number 4 a few weeks ago) and number 15 on the RMR’s Country Album Chart. The title track and two other tunes (Nothing and Daddy's Wedding Dance) are at 10, 11 and 12 on the Americana song chart and 14, 15 and 16 on the Country song chart. On the RMR charts for Maryland and DC artists (in all genres) it’s at number 2 after being at number one for a few weeks, and those three individual tracks are at 4, 5 and 6. 

The record is available on all the major streaming platforms, the lyrics here on the web site as well as two videos of tunes from the CD.

Here are links to videos of the title track and "Nothing."


"Darkness At Dawn,"  a new seven-song EP, is now available at and on most streaming platforms.

MARCH 2021

David's friend Jim Bushee, an excellent writer who recently published a crime novel called "Ace of Diamonds" under the nome de plume J. Michael Boucher, featured David's "Island Creek" video as a pairing with David's favorite Cabernet on his wine blog:

MARCH 2021

"Island Creek" jumped from 48th to 18th on the Roots Music Report's nationwide Americana/Country Album Chart. On the broader Country Album Chart (which subsumes Americana), the CD moved from 63rd to 29th. On the RMR's charts for Maryland artists - reflecting nationwide airplay and including all genres - the CD was NUMBER ONE on the album chart for the second week , and four tracks from the CD - Island Creek, Demon Wind, Long Long Time and Fight Finished - are sitting at numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the song chart.

OCTOBER , 2016

Until the Day Is Done was being played on 177 radio stations across the US at its peak this summer, and Broken Home spent most of the summer in the top 10 of the Roots Music Report's Folk-Rock song chart.

photo by Jim Robesonr

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