Over the past 40-plus years, Dave Pomeroy has become a prime example of the Nashville music scene’s creative diversity. Consistently on the cutting edge of the music business, Dave has established himself as a world-class bassist, vocalist, performer, writer, and producer, and has been a musicians’ rights activist and AFM leader for more than 25 years.
He has played electric and acoustic basses on over 500 albums with a wide range of artists, including Trisha Yearwood, Willie Nelson, Elton John, Emmylou Harris, Peter Frampton, and The Chieftains. He has played on Grammy-winning recordings with Kathy Mattea, Alison Krauss, Earl Scruggs, and Guy Clark, and has performed in concert with Steve Winwood, John Fogerty, Dr. John, Patty Loveless, Mose Allison, and many others. His TV and video work includes appearances with Chet Atkins, Earl Klugh, Eric Johnson, Dickie Betts, and Vince Gill.
Dave was named “Studio Musician of the Year” by Nashville’s Metro Magazine in 1991, his band Tone Patrol was voted Nashville’s “Jazz Band Of The Year” twice, and he was voted “Outstanding Bassist” at the 1997 Nashville Music Awards. He co-wrote the title track of Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel’s 1997 CD, “The Day Finger Pickers Took over The World,” and has had songs cut by Don Williams, The Sweethearts of the Rodeo, and many others. He has produced numerous album projects for a variety of artists and was musical director and co-producer of Don William’s “Best Of…Live” album, recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in London in 1993.
In 1989, he founded Earwave Records, which has released many of his solo and band projects, including his three acclaimed all-bass and vocal CDs Basses Loaded, Tomorrow Never Knows, and Angel in the Ashes, hailed by critics and listeners as some of the most innovative and musical bass albums ever recorded. His annual “Nashville Unlimited Christmas” concerts benefiting the “Room in the Inn” have become a Music City holiday tradition, with an impressive guest list including John Prine, The Fisk Jubilee Singers, Emmylou Harris, and the Nashville Mandolin Ensemble. Since 1992, Dave has raised over $350,000 for the “Room in the Inn” homeless program with his Christmas concerts and CD releases on Earwave Records.
Elected to International Vice President in 2023, Dave has long been active in Nashville’s Local 257, first as chair of the Club Committee, then as a Hearing Board and Executive Board member, and from 2005-2008 as President of the Recording Musicians Association’s Nashville chapter. In December 2008, he was elected President of Local 257, and was re-elected in 2011, 2014, and 2017. The changes Dave has brought to the Nashville Musicians Association have been dramatic, and have resulted in better service, greater efficiency, and the first increase in membership in many years. “After four terms on the AFM International Executive Board, I am honored to have been elected International Vice President by the delegates of 102nd AFM Convention. I look forward to working on behalf of all of the members of the AFM as we move together in unity towards a positive future for all musicians.”