Bio



DAVE HOLE


“No one on the current scene plays with the incendiary power he does” – ASSOCIATED PRESS.

 

“…..a one-way journey to sonic joy” – LIVING BLUES, USA.

 

“There’s no more explosive Blues guitar player in the world.” –  ESQUIRE, USA.

 

“Exhilaratingly relentless…he produces solo upon blistering solo.” – GUITAR WORLD, USA.

 

“Slide guitar fanatics will have their brains blown out …. prepare to hear your jaw hitting the     floor.” – BILLBOARD, USA. 

 

“Magnificent, staggering, almost beyond belief” – GUITAR PLAYER, USA.

 

"….. he reigns supreme. His electric slide is without peer" - VINTAGE GUITAR, USA.

 

 

Born in England in 1948, Dave Hole moved with his family to Perth, Western Australia at the age of 4.

As a teenager he fell for the blues upon hearing a friend's Muddy Waters record and began to teach himself to play by listening to records of Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Robert Johnson, Elmore James and Mississippi Fred McDowell.  He joined a high school band and continued playing while studying Physics at University.  After graduating in 1971 he turned professional ,having decided that music was his first love. Then, by a twist of fate he broke his little finger in a football game. The only way he could continue to play guitar without pain was to put a slide on his index finger and play from over the top of the guitar neck. When his finger eventually healed, Hole had become so used to the 'wrong' way of playing (and grown so fond of the tone he was getting), that he never turned back. 

Throughout the 1970's and 80's Hole was gigging non-stop around Perth and the country towns of Western Australia. In 1991 he self-produced SHORT FUSE BLUES (BCD 1001), an album intended purely for direct sale to his local fans. On a whim he mailed a copy to Jas Obrecht, then editor of the influential American “Guitar Player” magazine. "Magnificent, staggering, almost beyond belief.  Utterly Blues approved. ... ferocious, fire-breathing slide ... What more could you ask?" raved Obrecht, who then tipped off Alligator Records president Bruce Iglauer. Iglauer, encouraged by his staff's excitement on hearing the album, released it to a world-wide audience. Almost overnight, Dave Hole became an international phenomenon.  The album review in "Guitar Player" was followed by a feature story which launched Hole to stardom.  Dave’s explosive live show quickly won him critical acclaim wherever he went and invariably left audiences spellbound in his wake.  Rave reviews have appeared in Guitar World, Billboard, Esquire, Living Blues, New York Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post and many other major publications.  And it's not just the critics who have been paying attention. Metallica's Kirk Hammett has named Dave Hole as one of his all-time favourite guitarists, saying "His slide playing kills me”.  When veteran rock and blues guitarist Gary Moore first heard "SHORT FUSE BLUES", he was so impressed that he invited Dave to join him on two European tours, playing large stadiums and arenas and concluding with two memorable nights at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Hole has headlined festivals in many countries including America, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Holland, France, Switzerland, Norway, and Australia. His two appearances at the prestigious Leverkusen Blues Festival in Germany were televised nationally. Tours have also included performances in Brazil, Sweden, Russia, Austria, Italy, Spain, Belgium, Poland, The Czech Republic, and the U.K 

After 9 Album releases and innumerable  world tours, Dave Hole is widely regarded as one of the all-time slide guitar greats, with accolades from around the globe and a large world-wide fan base. 

Dave’s WORKING OVERTIME album won a prestigious American NAIRD award and "UNDER THE SPELL" won an Australian ARIA.

Dave has recently been devoting much of his time to the writing and recording of his10th album, “Goin’Back Down,” which will be released in May, 2018. 

Recorded at El Lion and Anarchy studios, only three of the tracks feature accompanying musicians (Bob Patient, Rick Eastman, Roy Martinez, Paul Millard and Jon Tooby).  On the remaining eight cuts Dave plays the various instruments himself, whilst making occasional use of loops and samples.  This has resulted in a quite different and more varied collection of songs than is usual for a Dave Hole album. There’s even a ballad featuring nylon stringed classical guitar and cello.  That said, there’s still a substantial helping of Dave’s signature high octane slide guitar on offer.  It’s an album that should have broad appeal to new listeners and existing fans alike.

Dave’s current touring band consists of Rudy Miranda on drums and Ian Lees on bass.


MEDIA QUOTES:


"...harrowing slide-guitar solos and rampaging vocals, wickedly seductive. playfully inventive." - DOWN BEAT, USA


"Magnificent, staggering, almost beyond belief. Utterly blues approved." - GUITAR PLAYER,USA


"Australian Dave Hole is a guitar-hero-in-waiting of the first magnitude, it's just a matter of exposure. This guy's a monster." - JAZZ AND BLUES, U.S.A. 


"Slide guitar fanatics will have their brains blown out by the second astonishing album by this ..Australian fret-melter. ......just take in the eight brilliantly sustained minutes of 'Up All Night Thinking' and prepare to hear your jaw hitting the floor." - BILLBOARD MAGAZINE, U.S.A. 


"Exhilaratingly relentless ... he produces solo upon blistering solo." - GUITAR WORLD, USA


"....the man and his guitar were all-encompassing. This was exciting, not just for the Australian Blues-rocker but for the entire audience at 'Legends'. Hole burned down Buddy Guy's place Friday for two amazing sets. His lightening delivery and screaming slide, which sounded almost like a falsetto vocal at times, were works of art." - CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, U.S.A. - Live Review. 


"Fast, flashy, steel-cylinder-on-steel-string slide work ... clearly stresses the instrumental pyrotechnics of such guitar heroes as Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jeff Healey. Hole's distinguishing trademark is his ability to play melodic slide phrases with lots of embellishments over galloping rhythms." - WASHINGTON POST , USA


"Your jaw drops in amazement as you listen to the sizzling complexity of his playing. He sings with the same plaintive, sandpapery gruffness we associate with Eric Clapton or Robin Trower. As for his playing, Hole is just a natural blues-guitar star." - DENVER POST, USA


"Years from now, Blues aficionados may still be talking about the time in November, 1993 when slide guitarist Dave Hole first came to town. An extraordinary musician and nascent star, Hole is often compared to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, but he plays with depth of feeling that owes more to early bottleneck men like Blind Willie Johnson." - NEW YORK MAGAZINE, U.S.A. - Live review. 


"Dave Hole is one of the best slide guitar players ever. His relentless slide strafes and searing single-line solos come at you like a runaway truck down a mountain grade." - DETROIT FREE PRESS, USA


"Yes, Dave Hole is that good. If this guy played with any more feeling, he'd have to go on Prozac. He is not only a superb guitarist with a distinctive sound, he performs heart-felt vocals with the depth and credibility of any blues headliner touring today ... hard driving rocking blues ... he is electricity incarnate!" --BLUES REVIEW, USA


"Another sizzling side of modern blues-rock ... original, reverent solo and acoustic tributes to the rural and urban styles that inspired him. Hole sings with passion, but it's his ever -- fiery, Duane Allman-style slide that's the source of listener whiplash here." - GUITAR FOR THE PRACTICING MUSICIAN,USA


"Not your garden-variety guitar hellraiser, Hole control his awesome vituosity just enough to escape charges of grand-standing. The Aussie finds resolution for the tension he generates so readily with his slider on strings." - DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE, U.S.A.