David Garnham & the Reasons to Live craft country tinged ballads about booze and women, fueled by isolation and self-loathing.
Twisted love, the human condition and gin feature prominently in songs laden with candour and heartbreak.
DG&TRTL debut album ‘Love inside a jar’, produced by Charles Jenkins and Justin Rudge, has been described as “the start of a substantial career” by the Courier Mail, and pulled in the accolades of multiple NT song of the year awards (including the overall prize), as well as winning the Americana category in the International Songwriting Competition.
Dave was lucky enough the go through the Telstra Road to Discovery development program in 2011 (songwriter category), and the band have had the privilege of supporting such acts as You Am I, Jeff Lang, Liz Stringer, Mama Kin, Wagons and Gomez.
Some of them live in Darwin, some in Alice, but all in squalor.
“Garnham weaves love, loss, heartbreak and humour into his own particular brand of whisky-soaked nostalgia, awash with alt-country contradictions that are all his own; sweet and hard, buoyant and punchy, redemptive and sad.”
Jenni Kauppi, the AU review
“I love the way David Garnham writes from the heart… and alot of other places as well. His songs are fuelled by honest observations about life and how it can revolve around women and drinking. Not surprising when you meet the man. He’s one of a kind singer/songwriter… he makes me smile alot more than most.”
Bill Page, Creative manager, Mushroom Music
“Dave always has great songs… you never hear the work involved, such is his skill, and talent, and understanding of what goes into a great song.”
“An artist with true integrity and soul.”…
Glen Hannah, 2010/11 CMAA Musician of the Year