In a community full of world-class musicians, Dave Isaacs is known around Music City USA as the “Guitar Guru of Music Row”.
The New York native has called Nashville home since 2005, and has built a reputation as an ace guitarist and top teacher, mentor, and musical coach.
Dave Isaacs has been called “a musician’s musician”, a master player with the command and knowledge of his instrument that can only come from a lifetime of experience. In his adopted hometown of Music City USA he has become known in the music community as the “Nashville Guitar Guru” for his work as a teacher and coach to professional performers, hit songwriters, and the next generation of Nashville’s rising stars.
Nashville might seem to be an unusual place to land for a classically-trained graduate of the Manhattan School of Music, where as a student he won the Rose Augustine Award for promising young classical guitarists twice. But Dave Isaacs is about as diverse as a musician can be. After a serious repetitive strain injury derailed a classical concert career, he started writing songs. Over 12 albums and nearly 25 years, he has explored a stylistic range from literate singer-songwriter folk to foot-stomping swamp blues, soaring harmony-driven country-rock, and jazz- inflected instrumental excursions. He has rocked a muddy crowd at Woodstock and played the blues with Les Paul, and has now recently added “author” to his resume.
In the formal academic realm, he held a full-time appointment in the Department of Music at Tennessee State University and an adjunct position at the Art Institute of Tennessee-Nashville before leaving to pursue his private work full-time.
He has presented guitar and songwriting workshops for the Nashville Songwriters Association International, Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference, the Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, and many others.
Songs Without Words (2022)
5 Etudes, (2020)
Renfree Isaacs, Hit The Ground Running (2018)
Late At Night (2015)
Medicine King, Medicine King (2014)
Good Souls, Good Souls (2008)
Old King Crow (2006)
Prodigal Son (2003)
Jackalope Junction, Just Drive (2001)
Jackalope Junction, A Sense Of Direction (1998)