David Luning – An Americana Idol Paving His Own Road to Music Success

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David Luning Band

In this episode David Luning and his band climb into Sharkey’s Treehouse and rap with Shawn “Sharkey” Boyd. Filmed live at The Rink Studios in Sacramento, David reveals how his band came together, how they write their music and how being a professional musician is different today than it was even 8 or 10 years ago, but better at the same time. They also jump on-stage at TRS and belt out four songs from their latest CD Restless. Their performance is captivating, energetic and full of the talent and creativity for which David Luning is known.

Luning has released what’s described as “his most dynamic and gripping collection to date, ‘Restless,’ and he can trace it all back to one fateful night that changed everything. His self-released debut album, ‘Just Drop On By,’ garnered acclaim from both critics and fellow musicians alike, with country megastar Keith Urban hailing Luning’s “staunch originality.” Songs from the album landed numerous film and TV placements, most recently on NBC’s ‘Grimm,’ and Luning’s reputation for exhilarating live performances earned him dates with luminaries like Jackie Greene, Dave and Phil Alvin, and Elvin Bishop, along with a slew of festival performances up and down the West Coast.

‘Restless’ delivers on that potential and then some. Recorded under the guidance of engineer/producer Karl Derfler (Tom Waits, Dave Matthews) and with Luning’s longtime live band mates— Ben Dubin (bass & harmonica), Linden Reed (drums), and Dave Sampson (guitar & mandolin)—the album marks a major step forward, both sonically and emotionally.

A “rebellious troubadour” as called by Rolling Stone, David Luning is celebrated for his compelling, dynamic live performances sharing the stage with Tedeschi Trucks, Chris Issak, Robert Earl Keen, Jay Leno, Son Volt, Jackie Greene among others. Luning’s sophomore album, ‘Restless’, showcases a collection of songs that explores themes of love, acceptance, and real life with a heartfelt universality. The Alternate Root hails, “He has set the bar high with thoughtful and unique styling, well-crafted lyrics and versatile vocals.”

Songs Performed:

  • Royalty
  • Bed of Roses
  • Brother in Chains
  • Bet It All on Black

Exclusive Video: David Luning Performs Live in Sharkey’s Treehouse at TRS


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Road to Hollywood: David Luning – AMERICAN IDOL SEASON XIII
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Sharkey’s Treehouse

David Luning Tour 2019

19 May
Club Fox
Redwood City, CA

01 Jun
House Concert (Solo)
Hartland, WI

03 Jun
Lewbrook Ranch House Concert (Solo)
Indianapolis, IN

05 Jun
Red Bicycle Hall (Solo)
Madison, IN

06 Jun
Private event (Solo)
Toledo, OH

07 Jun
Maplewood Concert Series (Solo)
Livonia, MI

08 Jun
Pumpstock (Solo)
East Lansing, MI

09 Jun
House concert (Solo)
Ann Arbor, MI

10 Jun
House Concert (Solo)
Ann Arbor, MI

14 Jun
Mystic Theatre
Petaluma, CA

21 Jun
The Canyon – Agoura Hills (Solo – opening for John Hiatt)
Agoura Hills, CA

22 Jun
The Rose (Solo – opening for John Hiatt)
Pasadena, CA

23 Jun
Coach House Concert Hall (Solo – opening for John Hiatt)
San Juan Capistrano, CA

25 Jun
Belly Up (Solo opening for John Hiatt)
Solana Beach, CA

26 Jun
Fremont Theater (Solo – opening for John Hiatt)
San Luis Obispo, CA

27 Jun
Rockin the River Guerneville (Band)
Guerneville, CA

28 Jun
Rio Theatre (Solo – opening for John Hiatt)
Santa Cruz, CA

30 Jun
Montbleu Resort (Solo – opening for John Hiatt)
Stateline, NV

23 Aug
House Concert (Solo)
Sebastopol, CA

24 Aug
Bodega Bay Music Festival (Band)
Bodega Bay, CA

25 Aug
Whetstone Wine Cellars (Band)
Napa, CA

07 Feb
Acoustic Alley (Duo)
Den Haag, Netherlands

10 Feb
Meneer Frits (Duo)
Eindhoven, Netherlands

11 Feb
De Schalm (Duo)
Westwoud, Netherlands

12 Feb
Live Stage Marnix (Duo)
Ede, Netherlands

13 Feb
TivoliVredenburg (Duo)
Utrecht, Netherlands

14 Feb
Stichting Tony Sanner Muziekpodium Bakkeveen (Duo)
Bakkeveen, Netherlands

16 Feb
Het Heerenlogement (Duo)
Beusichem, Netherlands

18 Feb
Blue Room Sessions (Duo)

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