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Six String Presents David LaMotte

May 16

8:00 pm

David LaMotte: davidlamotte.com

“Charm, stories, humor, insightful songs, sweet voice, & dazzling guitar ability.” BBC Radio Belfast

David is an award-winning songwriter, speaker & writer. He has performed over 3000 concerts & released 12 full-length CDs of mostly original music, touring in all 50 states & 7 continents. The Boston Globe writes that his music “pushes the envelope with challenging lyrics & unusual tunings, but he also pays homage to folk tradition.” BBC Radio Belfast lauds his “charm, stories, humour, insightful songs, sweet voice & dazzling guitar ability.”

His speaking & workshop calendar includes presenting at the PC(USA) Mission to the UN, keynoting peace conferences in Berlin & the Scottish Parliament, & offering the baccalaureate for 2016 graduates of Columbia Seminary. As a keynote speaker & Critical Conversations Coordinator he has facilitated conversations about race, privilege & positive change for thousands of college students at the Montreat College Conference. His TEDx talk on what music can teach us about peacemaking was published in 2018.

He’s published 3 books, 2 are illustrated children’s books. The first based on his award-winning children’s song SS Bathtub and the second, White Flour, tells the true story of a creative, effective, & whimsical response to a Ku Klux Klan march in Knoxville, TN by a group called the Coup Clutz Clowns. His most recent book, Worldchanging 101: Challenging the Myth of Powerlessness, is being used as a textbook in universities in the US and Australia.

LaMotte’s latest solo album, The Other Way Around, features musicians from all inhabited continents & guest appearances from Ed King of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Nicky Sanders & Graham Sharp of the Steep Canyon Rangers, and bluegrass legend Tim O’Brien. It was released in Sept 2016, & debuted at #8 on the Folk-DJ chart.

Touring full-time for over 25 years, LaMotte has developed a large and loyal following. His music has been honored with numerous awards & artist grants & has been featured on dozens of artist compilations. Notably, his song Dark & Deep was included on Songs Inspired By Literature, Chapter One, a benefit CD to raise money for adult literacy. Other artists on that CD include Suzanne Vega, Grace Slick, Aimee Mann & Bruce Springsteen. Several independent films feature David’s music, & it has been heard on the Today Show & the Showtime television series This American Life.

LaMotte is also working as part of a musical trio, Abraham Jam, an interfaith band made up of a Christian (David), a Muslim (Dawud Wharnsby, and a Jew (Billy Jonas). Their debut album, Abraham Jam Live, was released in 2018 & the studio album, White Moon, was released in 2019. He’s also the creator of Let’s Be Neighbors, a website based on a sign he hung on his house & rooted in the idea that we seldom reject each other into making more compassionate decisions. Let’s Be Neighbors banners are now hanging across the US, including a large one on Abraham Lincoln’s church in Springfield, IL.

As a result of his work with schools in Guatemala, he was named a “Madison World Changer” by his undergraduate alma mater, James Madison University, and in 2019 received an E-chievement Award by the syndicated radio show E-town. David makes his home in Black Mountain, NC, with his wife Deanna & son Mason. He is currently touring, speaking, performing, & writing his next book, tentatively titled, “Harmony: What Music Can Teach Us About Peacemaking In a Troubled Time.”

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