Born David Roe Rorick, bassist/vocalist/songwriter Dave Roe grew up in Hawaii and started playing bass in funk and R&B bands in the late ’60s and ’70s. After moving to Nashville in the early ’80s, he joined Jerry Reed’s band. Over the next several years Dave toured the world with several country artists including Mel Tillis, Vern Gosdin, Charlie Louvin, Dottie West, Chet Atkins, Vince Gill and others.
In the early ‘90’s, Johnny Cash hired Dave to play in his band the Tennessee Three. Dave has said ‘that started my love affair with the upright bass, and slap bass in particular, that lingers till this day.’ Dave worked with Cash for eleven years, and toward the end he played bass on most of the American Recordings sessions produced by Rick Rubin.
After Cash passed away, Dave toured and recorded for five years with Dwight Yoakam. He got off the road after that, since his recording session work had picked up substantially. Coinciding with this, he was a member of the Don Kelley Band for 13 years, considered one of America’s best honky-tonk bands.
With over 500 album credits, including numerous platinum, gold and Grammy-winning records, over the years Dave has worked with such diverse artists as: John Mellencamp, Sturgill Simpson, Chrissie Hynde, Taj Majal, Loretta Lynn, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, Ian Hunter, Brian Setzer, Dan Auerbach, CeeLo Green, Kurt Vile, Yola, John Anderson, Carrie Underwood, Marcus King, Malcolm Holcombe, Brandy Clark, Joe Ely, Gretchen Peters, Ray LaMontagne, Jake Bugg, Richard Lloyd, Don Schlitz, Faith Hill, Duane Eddy, Kathy Mattea, Rodney Crowell and others.
These days, Dave continues to work sessions and play live regionally with a few artists. He has his own band, the SloBeats, formed with guitar great from Marty Stuart’s band Kenny Vaughan, and drummer Pete Abbott from the Average White Band. Dave also regularly books sessions in his own studio, Seven Deadly Sins, located right outside Nashville in Goodlettsville, TN. He is a life member of AFM Local 257 in Nashville, TN.
Dave Roe performing with Cash