Before joining the Marine Corps, Dave studied music at UNT and spent his college years playing different types of music around the Dallas/Ft Worth area. During that time, he covered a wide range of formats to include Rock, Country, Jazz, Classical, and Polka.... Yes, Polka! "I found myself in all sorts of funny situations back then," he recalls. "If I got a chance to play some music for a little money, I usually didn't say no. I sang classical music for wedding ceremonies, played big band/swing dance gigs at the Elks Lodge. I even played in the Ringling Bros. Circus band where I learned about potty-training elephants, and how picking up midgets is a good way to get kicked in the nuts. I once found myself in a horn section behind the Temptations at the Smirnoff Music Centre in Dallas. It was pretty amazing to look out over that huge crowd from on stage. Especially after having been there to see my favorite rock bands when I was in High School. But the truth is, my fondest memories from those days are from playing that damned polka music. Just playing at the dance halls and getting to know some of the greatest people on earth." When Dave left his home in Texas to become a Marine, he left the music behind as well. For the most part, he stopped being a musician until years later when he would get out of the Corps and become a civilian again. "While I was in, people asked if I would ever do anything in music again," he says. "I always knew I would at some point. I just didn't know how or when. It changed who I was for the better and I love the Marine Corps, but the new world I was surrounded by didn't seem to lend itself to much creativity. The notion of writing country songs was always in the back of my mind, and I would pull out the guitar every now and then, but the music just never came to me like it does now. All those crazy experiences were still coming so fast. I think I just needed some time for them to sink in before they could be pulled from artistically." Now, after serving three combat tours and being released from active duty, he settles back into civilian life and emerges in country music a hot new singer/song writer, still serving his military comrades and his fellow Texans with songs about life, love, pain, and vengeance. His powerful lyrics echo from the gut his experiences while serving in the military. His song "San Jacinto" tells the story of the most pivotal battle of the Texas Revolution, suggesting on a very personal level what took place with those men emotionally and spiritually. They had summoned up their demons and the hatred was seething from six years of churning in their veins Their boots straps were muddied and their bayonets were bloodied as the angels turned around and flew away Singing raw, dark truths about sacrifice and loss of humanity, he draws parallels with battles of today and strikes a heavy chord in the heart of any listener. But not all of Dave's songs are about battle and death. This debut album brings everything from the slow and sweet, to the hard driving country rock sounds that are Texas to the bone. His ballads "Hero Woman" and "Why Are You Calling" will surprise you with a much softer, warmer style than you might expect. Then to make you bust a gut laughing, he rounds things off with the title song "Rule #1?. Having written every word and every note of every song on the album, his unique ability to both write and perform his music sets him apart from most. Some of his significant song writing influences have been Robert Plant, Willie Nelson, Conway Twitty, Merle Haggard, and David Allen Coe.