David Massey wrote his 1st song, “Susie Came Home”, after witnessing his sister’s struggles with mental illness. Not sure what to make of the result, he set it aside. 6 years later, he read a Washington Post reprint of a letter a young American fighter pilot wrote to his wife during World War II after learning of the birth of their first child. Massey wrote “The Drunken Letter” that day, played it for friends, and the positive response set him down the road that has resulted in 4 independently released CD’s, ” Blissful State Of Blue, ”So Many Roads”, Until The Day Is Done, and now, ”Late Winter Light”.
Reviewers who noticed Massey’s compact discs were wowed. Rootstime called ”Blissful State Of Blue” a masterpiece, and added “David Massey manages, with his storytelling, to blow away celebrities such as John Prine, James McMurtry, Todd Snider and others that have preceded him”.
Massey performs regularly in DC area clubs and coffeehouses. He has assembled an extraordinary band consisting largely of the players on his CD’s, all veterans of the Washington DC area music scene. Their versatility allows them to explore the wide variety of styles and genres reflected in Massey’s compositions, from swampy rockers to bluegrass inflected country rock to delicate ballads.
2 of the tracks from David’s last recording ”Until The Day Is Done” were in the Roots Music Report’s top 10 folk rock songs for most of the summer of 2016.