In 2012 David George got a chance call from John Fogerty’s manager asking him to join his band. It was the gig of a lifetime with appearances on Letterman, Leno, the View and a sold out tour sharing the stage with the legendary John Fogerty as well as drummer legend Kenny Aranoff, James Intveld (the Blasters) and David Santos (Billy Joel, Elton John, CSN). A dream job and opportunity that was difficult - to set aside recently when George decided it was time to focus on his own material. George plans to release 3 singles over the next twelve months with a full length at the end of the year on XWB Records/UniGlobe Records.
George’s roots run deep but spread across this great country of ours. Born in Louisville, Kentucky, a son of a salesman, he spent his formative years on the move. A few years in Toledo and Cleveland, Ohio followed by extended stays in Kansas City, Seattle and Los Angeles.
It was in Toledo, at the impressionable age of 3, where he first found his calling. While watching a Notre Dame football game he spotted the drum major of the marching band and told his father “that’s what I want to be!” A few years later back in Louisville, George’s family took a ride on the famed paddle-wheel boat, The Belle Of Louisville, George jumped on stage with the banjo and piano player and had to be literally dragged off the stage.
George’s formative years started in Kansas City where he would buy his first record ever... Kiss- Destroyer. However, it was in Seattle Prep High School that George began his life long ambition, writing and performing music. Playing piano since he could walk, and a few banjo lessons in Junior High, it was a chance meeting with a fellow student and carpooler, two years younger, that George began to write his own material. His schoolmate mentioned in the long boring drive to school that he wrote poems/lyrics. George jumped at the chance and began putting some of the words to music. The two formed a band with friends and became a bit of the school sensation, even winning their High School Talent show.
But George’s father took another promotion and the family was on the move. With a brief stay in Southern California, the George family eventually landed back in Kansas City. Being a musician in a family full of salesmen and professionals was difficult and finishing college and pursuing a “career” was in his “best” interest. George got a degree in Film and moved back to the land of dreams to pursue a career in the entertainment business.
However, meeting the Indigo Girls, an acoustic duo from Athens, Georgia, would change him forever. “That’s what I want to do.” He said, and he did it. He went out the next day and bought an acoustic guitar grabbed every Beatle book there was and learned to play the guitar.
George’s early musical memories are filled with the radio blaring the song of the day on long family road trips. “I have a thing for straight forward organic music covered in amazing harmonies and guitar work. I have that now! I loved the Eagles, Tom Petty, U2, ELO. I was raised on big music and love turning it up and disappearing in it!” Adding a cellist into the mix of your typical guitar/bass/drums gives a whole new texture.
David George & A Crooked Mile have shared the stage with The Lumineers and Jacob Dylan as well as performed at The Crossroads Music Festival, MidCoast Takeover, and South By Southwest. And also recently performed solo acoustic in front of nearly 9,000 people at Kansas City’s legendary Starlight Theatre opening for Styx, REO Speedwagon and Don Felder (Eagles).
The band takes their name from a line in the English nursery rhyme “There Was A Crooked Man”.