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David Childers - WildesArt Living Room Session

Photo featuring Bill Hengstenberg and David Childers, by Barbara Hengstenberg, WildesArt

Bill and I set out early on this beautiful Tuesday morning, traveling from Pittsboro, NC, to Mount Holly, NC, in order to record another series of Living Room Sessions. This time with the great Americana singer/songwriter, David Childers. David was our first interviewee on WildesArt, so we thought it was time we share his music with those who are fortunate enough to listen.

 Works of folk art are scattered around the house and seep out onto the porch.

As we approached David's long, treed driveway, we left the hubbub of Charlotte's suburbs and entered a laid back southern retreat. An aura of creativity surrounds the home that David shares with wife, Linda, and a menagerie of cats and dogs. Musical notes escape through the cracks and crevices. Works of folk art are scattered around the house and seep out onto the porch. An outbuilding that doubles as an artist's den nestles among the trees, with works in progress laid out upon a table while other works are propped outside against piles of inspirations.

We were greeted by happily barking dogs and we were tolerated by a few cats who made it known that we may visit, but they would quickly be taking over the couch once we leave. It is apparent that this home is a sanctuary for music, art, and animals.

 ...we had the feeling that we were hanging with family, and a brother picks up his guitar to pluck out a few tunes, leaving our mouths agape!

After setting up our video equipment, lights, and mics in a sunny living area just off David and Linda's beautifully restored kitchen, David picked up his guitar and, well, he just started. Simple as that. You see, there is an ease about a David Childers performance that makes for a feeling that one is in the presence of someone who deserves to be heard by the masses...a true talent. And at the same time, we had the feeling that we were hanging with family, and a brother picks up his guitar to pluck out a few tunes, leaving our mouths agape!

 His harmonics sent perfect tones through my spine, striking emotional chords along the way.

David makes guitar playing seem like the notes are treading atop a pond's surface, creating ripples of sound. And that voice! His harmonics sent perfect tones through my spine, striking emotional chords along the way.

I invite you to hear for yourself. We were fortunate to have recorded a collection of songs, some old and some new. A favorite, Don't Be Scared, is here and may be found on our WildesArt YouTube Channel. Watch and listen for future releases...and please feel free to share with others who appreciate true rich Americana.

If you'd like to learn about what inspires David Childers, read his interview and view some of his folk artwork at www.WildesArt.com/David-Childers