David Dyer & The Crooked Smile Band are a superbly talented group of veteran musicians from several of North Carolina’s finest bands. The Crooked Smile Band has been crafting their own brand of roots-inspired alt Country since 1999 and have released 3 independent albums to date. The boys are now out supporting their latest effort, “Taproot”, a gospel-inspired collection of original tunes.
Highlights over the years include:
- Recording with Grammy and Oscar award-winning producer, Scott Mathews.
- Sharing vocal duties with Shana Morrison (daughter of Van) during multiple studio sessions.
- You Don’t Shake Me (Crossroads Grocery) is licensed for repeat use on ABC’s World News Tonight.
- Three songs from Crossroads Grocery (Ustacould #13, They Don’t Know What They’ve Got #23, Big JES #25) make extended appearances on the European Country HotDisc Chart Top 40.
- Notable festival and venue appearances across the southeast: Lazy Daze Arts & Crafts Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival, Carousel Festival, Mumfest, Blooming Festival, Greenville Sunday in the Park, NC Museum Of Art, Fletcher Opera Theatre, Nash Arts Center.
David Glenn Dyer
Lead Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Blues Harp
Singer-songwriter-guitarist David Dyer has been writing and playing since he first picked up a guitar at age twelve. Steeped in Southern roots and blues, David cut his teeth on everything from church choirs to Flatt & Scruggs, CSN, the Allman Bros., Beatles, Stones and the Dead. As a high school boarding student @ the McCallie School, he was exposed to a much broader musical base and began a lifetime of musical exploration playing music ranging from bluegrass to rock, folk, country, gospel and Americana.
In 1998 David formed the Crooked Smile Band and has since penned the songs for all three CSB records. Achievements include international recognition with four of his compositions placing in the Billboard and International Songwriting Contests. David worked with Oscar and Grammy-winning producer Scott Mathews on his second record (“Crossroads Grocery”) where he shared sessions with Shana Morrison (daughter of Van) on three tracks. Crossroads Grocery received critical acclaim and extensive domestic and international radio airplay with Track 10 (Ustacould) reaching the 12 position on Europe’s Country Hotdisc Top 40 Chart; Track 4 (Big JES) reaching the 25 spot; and Track 3 (They Don’t Know What They’ve Got – a duet with Shana) reaching the 23 position. David has written music for a myriad of applications including licensure of a composition for ABC’s “World News Tonight.” He and the Crooked Smile Band are now out supporting their latest roots-gospel record, “Taproot.” With a catalog of over 200 songs covering a wide range of styles, David continues to passionately pursue the craft of creating music.
Pedal Steel Guitar, Dobro
Allyn Love got his start in Nashville playing with Grand Ol’ Opry star Jean Shepard. He went on to tour with Steve Wariner for over 15 years and played on many of his hit records including the Number 1 single “Life’s Highway.” Allyn also toured with Jo Dee Messina and shared the stage with many others including Sara Evans, Brad Paisley, and Danni Leigh. His TV appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Austin City Limits, The View, Solid Gold, and Grand Ol’ Opry Live. Since moving to Raleigh, Allyn has also performed regularly with the Steve Howell Band and Thad Cockerell. He recently performed Michael Levine’s Concerto for Pedal Steel Guitar and Orchestra with the North Carolina Symphony where he is the Director of Operations.
Bernie Petteway is known locally for his work with Triangle area Jazz-Fusion group 3PM and has performed in settings as wide-ranging as with David Palmer of Jethro Tull, to the Dixie Dregs, Pat Benetar, The BeeGees, Tito Puente, and the St. Louis and North Carolina Symphonies.
Bass Guitar and Backing Vocals
Ken Weigand is the founder of the teaching and music development group, Bamboo Music, recently featured in the Independent Weekly. Ken has been a professional musician for over 30 years and works with numerous Triangle area jazz and rock bands.
Drums and Percussion
Francis Dyer is well known for his performing and recording work with such diversified bands as Ozone Quartet (Instrumental Fusion), Carnavalito (Latin), Brown (Rock) and the Zone Rangers (Jazz-Fusion). He has played extensively with many premier Jazz musicians (Jim Crew, Scott Sawyer, Grant Osborne, and many others), and has had the privilege of working with former Columbia recording artist and Raleigh-based production wizard, John Custer. For over a decade, Fran has composed and produced music for film trailers, independent film, TV advertisements, and radio. Fran is currently a composer and sound designer with Red Storm Entertainment/Ubisoft, who just released the much anticipated game “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Future Soldier“.