Stop what you’re doing and stream a new song from Dave Vargo titled “This Time Around” on Juss Russ Radio. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Dave Vargo; a native of East Brunswick, NJ, Dave graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with honors and went on to become a touring artist and session player. He has had the privilege of working with a number of notable talents including Whitney Houston, Phoebe Snow, Vonda Shepard, and Rupert Holmes.
Over the past 15 years, Vargo found himself attracted to the singer-songwriter, alt-country, Americana vibe, mostly due to its rock/country hybrid sound and deeper lyrics than what he was hearing on pop-country radio. He started singing, learned a bunch of cover songs (Beatles, Ryan Adams, Old 97s, Steve Earle, John Hiatt, Jason Isbell, etc.) and started performing at open mics. His natural interpretation skills prompted his wife to encourage him to write his own songs.
Though “I found it easier to take an already written song that was great and make it my own,” her encouragement led him to start writing original material. In addition to performing his original material as a duo, trio and with a full band, he has also performs with singer Kim Boyko in a popular acoustic duo called Kim & Dave.
“Since becoming a singer/songwriter and focusing on Americana music,” Vargo says, “I feel like I’ve developed a deep musical curiosity about great songwriters, past and present, the same way I explored jazz when I was younger. Because I have the resources now that I didn’t have then, I have also been able to accumulate a wonderful collection of guitars that also help to keep me inspired.”
This song reeks of potential and it won’t take you long to get subdued by an educated songwriter who will allure you with his voice alone. Don’t sleep on this song or this artist, go stream this song and more by Dave Vargo right now on Spotify and anywhere digital music is sold.