DAVE COLEMAN – Norway Solo Tour 2017 – Nov 7-12

Nov 7 – Trondheim

House concert – Morten Kjærvik – 7 pm 

Nov 8 – Oslo

Ly (venue) Toftesgate 41 Oslo (Grunerløkka)

Nov 9 – Bergen

House concert – Dust of Daylight hosted by Rune Letrud – 8 pm

Nov 11 – Karmøy

House concert – Hallgeir

Nov 12 – Haugesund

House concert- 7pm –Camilla Sørhus (cupublicity@ymail.com)



Dave Coleman has recorded a solo acoustic record, entitled VAULT. The first copies of the album will be available on the Norwegian tour.  The songs from the album are solo acoustic performances of highlights in The Coal Men catalog recorded in his East Nashville homes dining room. 




Dave Coleman is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/producer/engineer based in East Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up on the Cumberland Plateau in Jamestown, Tennessee.  The son of a small town attorney and a National Park ranger, He was isolated in a small town childhood that provided the time to pursue guitar and recording. His young talent found him with a publishing deal at age 20 at legendery Acuff-Rose Music Publishing.  After two years of writing for a living, he struck out on his own with his band.

Coleman founded his band The Coal Men in 1999. They have forged there own path releasing five Roots Rock/Americana albums and touring across the U.S. and overseas in Europe.  The Coal Men released Pushed to the Side in August of 2016, and it reached 32 on the American Radio Charts.  No Depression writes there newest album “is a country record made by three guys who clearly have a deep appreciation for country music, and for that, it deserves your attention.”  The work focuses on the core (3 piece band), Dave Coleman singing and playing guitar, Dave Ray playing drums and singing background vocals, and Paul Slivka (Tommy Conwell and the Young Rumblers, Tommy Womack, Amanda Shires) playing bass. Songs of the band have been featured in the Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch,FX’s Sons of Anarchy, and ABC’s Nashville. Todd Snider calls Coleman “one of Americana music’s great songwriters.”

“Coleman, is a distinct yet versatile (that’s a tough trick) guitar force. In his 20s, some folks talked of him as a budding Kenny Vaughan or Buddy Miller, and he’s now squarely in that league. He makes a three-piece sound like a five-piece, never relying on the kind of silly, flurried-high-note tricks that draw applause without providing substance. His tone is unassailable, and he is essentially producing as he plays, subtly answering vocal lines, bass riffs, and even drum fills with pretty-as-you-please six string responses.” – Peter Cooper

A large portion of Coleman’s time now is devoted to producing and recording albums for notable indipendent artists like Amelia White, Rod Picot, Stephen SimmonsBob Delevante, Ned Hill, and Reagan Boggs at his Howard’s Apartment Studio. Touring solo has always been an exciting challenge for Coleman, He is in the process of recording  a solo album consisting of his favorite Coal Men songs as a companion to his Norway tour in the Fall of 2017

Website:  www.thecoalmen.com  &  www.davecoleman.biz

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/theCoalMen/

Instagram: @thedavecoleman

THE COAL MEN – Hog’s Breath Dates in 2018

Looking forward to the next year and our time playing in Key West at the legendary Hog’s Breath Saloon.  Come down and visit us when we are there You can see our shows & soak up the unique and relaxing atmosphere’s you’ll ever experience. 

Here are the brand new 2018 kw dates:

Feb 26 – March 4  |  (Dave Coleman solo) 5:30 – 9:30pm
March 5 – 11  |  (The Coal Men) 10pm-2am
April 30 – May 6   |  (The Coal Men) 10pm-2am
July 16 – 22  |  (The Coal Men) 10pm-2am
Sept 17 – 23  |  (The Coal Men) 10pm-2am
Nov 26 – Dec 2  |  (Dave Coleman solo)
Dec 3 – 9  |  (The Coal Men) 10pm-2am

Still to come in 2017:
Dec 4 -11 (band)

It’s been a busy year, sorry the website hasn’t kept up.

Hey Friends and Neighbors,

Dave Coleman here, I apologize I haven’t been in better touch via the website.  The Coal Men are busy and active in lots of ways these days.  I’ll post new shows coming up in 2017 and 2018.  I’ve been recording and producing all the time lately and I haven’t had my eye on the website like I should.  My apologies. I’ll try & do better here in the future.


-dave c. 

Coachella Valley Weekly – Review – “Pushed to the Side” – The Coal Men

THE COAL MEN “Pushed To The Side” (Vaskaleedez Records)

By  | August 11, 2016 at 6:08 pm |

By Eleni P. Austin

When you think about Nashville, chances are you think about women in rhinestones and spangles, men in cowboy hats, boots and spurs, inevitably those bro-tastic backwards baseball caps.

40 years ago the charts were populated by Willie, Waylon, Merle, George, some Johnnys’ (Cash and Paycheck), and some Charlies’ (Rich and Pride). These days names like Blake, Jake, Luke, Brantley, Brad, Tucker and Kip, (seriously, Kip) rule the airwaves.

Luckily, anyone yearning for music a little less genetically modified and a little more home grown will be relieved to find that kind of authenticity is still readily available in Music City. You just know where to look.

Artists like Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton have flipped the script, concentrating more on song craft than showmanship. By dispensing with the artifice they’ve each gotten down to the grit and grain of Country music, opening the door for other like-minded artists.

Dave Coleman is one of Nashville’s best kept secrets. He grew up near the Big Fork National River, in rural east Tennessee. He considered becoming a park ranger like his mother, but those plans changed once began playing music in his first band. Rock & Roll was his first love but he soon became inspired by Country outliers like Dwight Yoakam, Marty Stuart and Billy Joe Shaver.

Just as he was finishing his studies at Nashville’s Belmont University, Dave signed a publishing deal with Acuff-Rose. The venerable publishing house began in 1942 and was responsible for hits from Elvis Presley, Roy Orbison and the Everly Brothers. It was around this time he hooked up with drummer Dave Ray.

The duo began gigging around Nashville at the end of the 20th century as the Coal Men. They also made ends meet playing on sessions and touring with artists like Matthew Ryan, Jessi Alexander and Taylor Swift. Mentored by the likes of John Prine, Todd Snider, Buddy Miller, members of the Mavericks and the Delevantes, slowly but surely they built a solid following.

Between 2001 and 2013 they recorded an EP, and four full-length records. Nowhere’s Too Far arrived in 2004, Kids With Songs popped up in 2006. A year later they released Beauty Is A Moment. Bassist Paul Slivka, who made his bones with Tommy Conwell & The Young Rumblers, Tony Joe White and Tommy Womack, joined the fold in 2011. Two years later the trio recorded Escalator.

Since then, their music has been featured in hit television series like “Nashville,” “The Deadliest Catch” and “Sons Of Anarchy.” Several times a year they spend week-long residencies at the infamous Key West venue, Hog’s Breath Saloon. Now the band has returned with their latest long-player, Pushed To The Side.

coal menThe album glides into gear with “Depreciate.” Over a teardrop rhythm, languid Spanish guitars and roiling bass-lines comes Coleman’s slow-as-molasses vocals. The lyrics offer a crisp metaphor for aging: the decrepitude of the touring van, from the van’s point of view. “I’m ready for the junkyard, counting down the miles/I can’t remember all my travels, but boy I road’em out in style.”

Three tracks, “Willy Jett,” “Lilly Hurst” and “Travis” co-written with Jeff Wickland, offer the kind of rich and evocative storytelling woefully absent from today’s “I got drunk in my truck and put my toes in the sand” Country music. Downcast baritone guitar notes and a kick-drum beat open “Willy…” The lyrics weave a vivid yarn of a lonely coal miner.

After a brutal week in the mines he seeks solace in alcohol and paid companionship; “Willy came down from the coal camp, dreaming of a woman on his arm/And he found one down on the corner, Lily took him with all of her charms.” Of course, hard living has taken a toll…”He lived by a quicker minute, and drifts further away each night/Bound by the weight of hunger, the burden of an appetite.”

Sun-dappled guitar, a wash of keys and tick-tock percussion anchor “Lily Hurst.” The lilting melody and instrumentation belies what is essentially a traditional murder ballad. Lily is the same working girl that hooks up with Willy, but this time she runs afoul of a jealous customer “needin’ comfort and rest,” but finding Lily already “doin’ what she did best.” The end isn’t pretty; “Which man she was with, I guess I never did hear/ He drew a line left Lily bleeding ear to ear.”

“Travis,” is the saddest saga of all. Honeyed guitar licks brush up against a supple shuffle-rhythm and roiling bass. With an economy of language the song sketches a portrait of teenage ennui at the tipping point; “Travis lived ‘cross town by the railroad track, just his dad and four walls of a dying shotgun shack/His mind was restless, it ached and it groaned/He walked this town, head hung down, most days he stayed stoned.” His suicide is swift, but Coleman reserves his righteous indignation for the indifferent town that never saw it coming.

Three tracks take a break from (to paraphrase Mr. Mojo-Risen) from wallowing in the mire. “The Payoff” is a hard-charging tune powered by a bludgeoning back-beat, driving guitars and Coleman’s rough-hewn vocals. The message here is the end rarely justifies the means.

“Fast Driver” is a sly charmer. Snap-back bass, rattle-trap rhythms and wicked guitar licks take a backseat to Coleman’s lascivious drawl. He almost has the listener convinced that he’s the first guy ever to use driving = sex metaphor. Meanwhile, “Speeding Like A Demon” hooks a shaggy dog, ‘speeding to reach the gig’ yarn to an infectious melody that’s equal parts Bakersfield Buckaroo and Cash-tastic boom-chicka-boom.

The action slows for two songs, “Faithless Eyes” and “A Name.” The former is a twangy two-step that is a kissin’ cousin to the Eagles’ “Lyin Eyes.” The latter is a High Lonesome haiku that notes no matter how we try to out run our legacies, DNA doesn’t lie.

The Coal Men completely color outside the lines on the tribal “Stones River” and on the gutbucket blues of the title track. “The Singer (In Louisville)” closes out the album. A clangorous note of feedback provides a through-line that crackles and sparks for the entire song. With a few deft strokes Coleman presents a not-so-glamorous portrait of life as a working musician. It’s a rollicking end to a great album.

Pushed To The Side is keen and uncluttered. The music of the Coal Men may not be famous, but it’s authentic.

The Tennessean – VIDEO premiere – “The Singer (in Louisville)” – The Coal Men – “Pushed to the Side”


Coal Men reap benefits of rock ‘boot camp’

When Nashville band the Coal Men decided to film a music video for “The Singer (In Louisville),” the closing track on their upcoming album “Pushed to the Side” (out Aug. 19), the roots rock trio knew exactly who they wanted to star in it: their wives.

“We begged them to be the better versions of ourselves (in the video),” frontman Dave Coleman said.

In the playful video, the three women—Stephanie Coleman, Cole Slivka and Kat Martin Ray—sport outfits similar to what their husbands often wear onstage as they strum and lip sync along with the song. Slivka, standing in for bassist Paul Slivka, brought her knitting to the video shoot to keep her occupied during downtime. Director Bob Delevante incorporated it into the video, using it to represent a guitar solo.

This video—and the video for the album’s introspective opening track, “Depreciate”—was filmed at the historic Downtown Presbyterian Church, where the Colemans are members.

“Music can be so narcissistic; this is a reminder that it isn’t the be-all, end-all,” Dave Coleman said.

The Coal Men will celebrate the release of “Pushed to the Side” on Aug. 27 at the Family Wash. Next month, they’ll return to their second home, the Hog’s Breath Saloon in Key West, for what Coleman calls “rock ‘n’ roll boot camp:” seven consecutive nights of four-hour shows.

“I think I’ve learned more doing that than any other show,” he said. “Every time we go there, we get better.”

Creative Culture Journal at RARWRITER Music Page



Nashville Roots

The Coal Men Ready 5th LP

The excellent Nashville trio The Coal Men are soon to release their fifth LP, Pushed to the Side (Vaskaleedez Records). Singer-songwriter Dave Coleman describes his roots-rock trio as “three solid dudes trying to make really honest, genuine music”.  The Coal Men, who have been around for almost two decades, have been mentored by the legendary John Prine and by Todd Snider. Besides The Coal Men, Coleman has worked with Matthew Ryan, Jessi Alexander and a young Taylor Swift. He and drummer/vocalist Dave Ray have been together since the bezginning. Bassist Paul Slivka, who joined five years ago, gained fame with Tommy Conwell & the Young Rumblers; he’s worked with Tony Joe White, Tommy Womack, Amanda Shires and Elizabeth Cook, among others. Most Tuesdays, he appears at the Family Wash with his wife, Cole, host of the “Short Sets” songwriter series. Coleman is a regular performer there. This video below is not from the new LP, but it nicely displays the smooth musicianship of this band.