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"If I was putting a band together and going back on the road, Dave Laurence would be the first person I'd call."
- Jimmy Jack Whitaker, USAGEM Entertainer of the Year
Photo credit: Scott Rains, Lawton Constitution
Dave is planning to air a live Facebook show in January! "I haven't been able to travel for a while, and I've really missed playing live," notes Dave. "I want to get back in the swing of things as I continue to get healthy enough to go back on the road. So, we're gonna try a Facebook thing and see how it works out. If it goes okay, there will be more of them."
The show will originate from Dave's home studio just outside Oklahoma City, and will likely take place during the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend; the exact date and time will be announced soon. The show will stream on Dave's Facebook musician page, located here. Go throw a 'Like' on the page now, and watch for details soon!
"Witty, sharp, and tuned into the moment... A matured artist whose fire of youth still burns, but is tempered by experience." - Lawton Constitution
After a busy 2018 which featured performances from Mexico to Maine, health issues have kept Dave off stage for nearly all of 2019. Thankfully, none of these issues have been life-threatening, but they have been life-changing. Dave doesn't like talking about it ("because there are a lot of folks who are worse off than I am," he says), but there has been enough concern among fans and friends that he feels some sort of explanation is warranted.
Early in 2019, Dave became dizzy and nauseous, and the usual home remedies didn't help. He went to the ER after narrowly avoiding an automobile accident, and a litany of tests uncovered potential heart issues. Dave had an angiogram in April, and it was determined that the blockage was minor enough to treat with medication instead of surgery.
In early August, the dizzy spells returned, became more frequent, and then almost constant. After visits with several specialists, Dave was diagnosed with a form of vertigo that originates in the brain. While it is treatable, there is no cure. Doctors also discovered that Dave has suffered a 30% hearing loss in both ears, which he attributes solely to being too proud to wear earplugs while playing in all those loud bands in the 1970s and 1980s.
Additionally, Dave is now dealing with tinnitus. "Yeah, it's annoying. It's 24/7."
At this writing, Dave has begun a rigorous schedule of physical therapy. The treatment is designed to help other parts of the brain compensate for the part where balance functions have failed. Dave remains optimistic that he'll be able to resume live performances in the spring of 2020, and is "beyond grateful" for everyone's prayers, thoughts, and support.
Dave's annual Christmas show at Robinson's Landing in Lawton, OK, will take place this Friday night, despite Dave's recent health challenges. There will be lots of holiday music, a Christmas carol sing-along, and some of Dave's friends always show up to perform. The show starts at 7 PM CST, and will go "until it's time to feed the reindeer," says Dave.
As always, this is a family-friendly event, and there is no cover charge, although tips for reindeer chow are appreciated. Bring your holiday spirit and your singing voices!
While Dave recuperates, he has continued working on his next album, Wanderlust, due in 2020. Dave's writing has moved away from affairs of the heart, and back to the story songs which were the staples of his earlier work.
Wanderlust will be produced by Dave's longtime friend and former bandmate, Mark Minervino, and will be recorded jointly between their studios in Oklahoma and Maine.
Dave plans to resume live shows as soon as his health permits, and to make up for lost time. He's also hoping to do an East Coast tour in the summer of 2021. "For years, I've been telling people who thought they were too old to do stuff that Colonel Sanders didn't sell his first bucket of chicken until he was in his 60s," says Dave, who will turn 60 next August. "I need to start frying some chicken."