David James McKinney
David James McKinney
He has completed five self released albums of material, which were recorded in various home studios. He has received positive reviews from the Oklahoma Gazette and had a string of successful performances in the Oklahoma City metro area including regular performances at the Lobby Bar, Galileo's, the Blue Note, the Bricktown Ballroom, Full Circle Bookstore, Michalangelo’s, Bin 73, Jazmoz Bourbon Street Café, Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse, JJ’s Alley, Bricktown Brewery, the Prohibition Room, Tapwerks, Kang's Asian Bistro, the Edmond Jazz Festival, Toby Keith’s bar and Grill, the Edmond Arts Festival, and even a bit of street performance in Bricktown. In high school he was a member of the band ‘Life of Riley’ which played venues around Oklahoma City, including the Blue Note where they were an Oklahoma Gazette pick of the week. Also with Life of Riley David’s song ‘Shotgun Girl’ was accepted out of hundreds of entries into the top 32 for 94.7 the Buzz’ March Bandness contest. In 2006 David spent a few months playing coffee houses in Nashville, Tennessee.
In December 2006 he returned home to Oklahoma City where a new band, The Memories Fire, formed and recorded a four track EP while playing around Oklahoma City in Bricktown and in Texas for a few shows. In the fall of 2008 the Memories Fire disbanded, and so David returned to his solo project, East of Western. As East of Western, David released a 12 song album “Trappings” and sold it at live solo shows until the end of summer 2009. At that point, he changed the name of the solo act to “David James McKinney” and released a 6 track album entitled “a boat on the ocean”.
Following a year of promoting a boat on the ocean, David began working on his sixth solo album. In the summer of 2010 David was an Oklahoma Gazette pick of the week for a performance at the Prohibition Room. He was also featured on Quickstar Productions acoustic compilation CD. On January 11th, 2011 David released his sixth solo album on East of Western records.
The release of his sixth album "Young, No Money" coincides with the creation of this website and the beginning of efforts to market David's music digitally. Along with these new efforts, performing locally of all shapes and sizes are still on the agenda, and to that end David plays a great catalogue of acoustic material ranging from hundreds of originals to Treysongz covers to Johnny Cash to Kings of Leon and James Taylor. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..