David Chenault


Reviewing David Chenault's 'Somewhere Along The Road Tour'. Foggy river bottoms, pilot boats, Pentecostal tent revivals...David Chenault has had many life experiences, and they are very evident in his music. When he was a small boy, his dad would play Hank Williams, Johnny Horton, Johnny Cash, Mahalia Jackson, Country & Western, and Jazz records on an old RCA record player. As a result of these early eclectic experiences, David's influences became wide and varied, resulting in a deep love and respect for all forms of traditional American music. David was raised in church, in the southern Pentecostal tradition. There, he began to develop a love for the spiritual and soulful sounds of what he calls "Delta Gospel". A sound, he says that "is completely unique to the southern Pentecostal church, but that became the most influential sound ever in American Music". Elvis, Ry Cooder, Creedence Clearwater, Hank Williams, Russ Taff, and entire generations of black musicians, blues players and Rock & Roll musicians, all borrowed heavily from the unique sounds of this "Delta Gospel". Even many years later as a rock musician, his fans would mention the unique style and sound of David's music. It seems he simply could not leave his "first love" - or rather, it couldn't leave him. John Fogerty, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Russ Taff, Hank Williams Sr., early Elvis Presley, and many traditional Pentecostal artists, have all had a big influence on David's music. Even though you can hear these influences in his music, David Chenault sounds like no one else, and no one else sounds like him. I remember when I first experienced David's music. I saw him on TV in Ohio, it was a live concert at a church in Cincinnati. I was taken aback by his music's uniqueness and freshness. I had never heard any Christian artist quite like him. David is one of those rare artist's that is much better live and in person, than he is in a studio. His live performances are what really won me over. I must admit, a while later when I got the chance to catch him live in concert in Huntington, West Virginia, that I immediately became a fan. The one thing that I think separates David from his peers is his songwriting. Rare is the artist who can arrange, write and produce as prolifically as he does. His poetry and lyrical mastery are evident throughout his songwriting. His honest approach and obvious love for traditional American gospel music is infectious and compelling. Now I too am a fan of this "Delta Gospel". My hope is that he will continue to write, produce, and perform Christian music for us all. Believe me, when I say that Christian Music needs David Chenault much more than he needs it... If you love traditional American music , music that is primal, original and relevant, and music that invokes the Spirit and speaks of a life lived by faith, you will truly love the epic poetry and soulful grace of David Chenault... by : Richard Leek Christian Music Reviews







What is music to you? What does it give you?

I was raised in church, in the southern Pentecostal tradition. I developed a love for the spiritual and soulful sounds of southern gospel music, especially Pentecostal hymns and "Delta Gospel." I have a deep love and appreciation for all forms of traditional Americana music of many different types and genres. I was influenced heavily by early Elvis Presley, Ry Cooder, Creedence Clearwater, Hank Williams, Russ Taff, Johnny Horton, and entire generations of black musicians, blues players and Rock & Roll musicians. These musicians and their music influenced me so much as a young boy, that I was inspired to write and perform and share my music with the world. Music is for me, the most satisfying of all of life's joys! When I am playing and performing music I am taken somewhere joyful outside of myself.

What is your music dream?

To serve God through my music. To write, sing, play and produce quality music.

If you could change the world - what would you start with?

I would teach how to live in peace with everyone one person at a time.

Which is the most memorable song from your childhood?

Proud Mary

Who are your favorite musical artists or bands?

Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Beatles, Russ Taff, Johnny Cash, John Fogerty, Hank Williams, various Gospel artists, I could list hundreds more!

What inspires you to make music?

Life itself. I love to tell stories. I like to write about personal experiences and observations. I think a lot of my songs come from the view of an observer, sometimes from a third person perspective.

What is the message you want to send with your music?

We get by giving, we succeed by serving.

How do you feel when you perform in front of an audience?

Life's greatest high is to perform for others.

How do you see the musicians’ reality nowadays? What could be improved?

The music industry has changed forever. Things will never be like they were. Gone are the days of million unit sales. We musicians need to come together like never before to network and support one another regardless of genre. No one is an island, we all need each other. We all need to serve one another to achieve any type of success.

What do you think of Drooble?

I like Drooble. I especially like their site navigation and functionality and their networking systems.

What frustrates you most as a musician?

My occasional lack of focus lol...

Do you support your local scene as a fan? How?

Yes. I attend other artist's shows when I can. I also enjoy helping other artists.

What qualities should a musician nowadays have in order to get their music heard by a larger audience?

Quality is now and has always been the number one priority to making good music. You must be a self-starter and goal driven to be successful. Listening to and learning from others is a must. Believe in you even when you have to stand alone!

Share some awesome artists that we’ve never heard of.

Bobby Clark, Kenny Glass, Roy and Trella Scates, Kenny Cable, David McKivergan