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"Collecting his turn of phrases and melodies, Dave Shoemaker has encompassed a transparent, authentic, vulnerable album that showcases his lyricism. Hesitation Marks articulates the feelings that many people face daily or at least one time in their life. The honesty of the songwriting can be therapeutic not only to the writer, but also to the listener." - Jolene Horihan, The Amp

"With an underlying metal edge to his voice and a poetic tongue sharp as a knife, Bell County Kentucky’s Dave Shoemaker is certainly an artist to watch in the next few years." - Lyssa Culberton, Hillbilly Hippie Music Review


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With the raw, visceral emotion and soul-stirring sound he's known for, Dave Shoemaker is one of Appalachia's most unique and spellbinding artists. Hailing from the foothills of Eastern Kentucky, Shoemaker's writing was heavily influenced by the music bore in the mountains and the sonic discoveries of his youth. Featuring an underlying metal edge to his voice and a poetic tongue sharp as a knife, his style is an eclectic mix of genres ranging from folk and bluegrass to heavier influences all combined into a genre all his own.


Amplifying the impassioned nature of his songs, Shoemaker's live performance is an electric experience from first chord played to last note sang every time he steps on stage-he'll command attention with each stomp of his bare foot and word he bellows.


A very honest storyteller and deliberate songwriter, Shoemaker pens his songs shaped by the events of his life, showcasing immense honesty in his veracious transparency. From pain and hopelessness to love and happiness-every emotion, he tells it all.


Shoemaker is steadily taking his plethora of songs and stories to venues big and small all around Kentucky and beyond while wowing audiences with his passionate performances.


Direct support and festival appearances with:

- Mike Cooley of Drive-By Truckers
- Sierra Ferrell
- Lost Dog Street Band
- John R. Miller
- Arlo McKinley
- Charles Wesley Godwin
- John Moreland
- 49 Winchester
- Morgan Wade
- Tiffany Williams
- Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle
- Cole Chaney
- Justin Wells
- Kelsey Waldon


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