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Raised in the fertile farmlands of Central Minnesota, Dave Cofell's songwriting reflects both his rural roots and his life-long musical explorations.

His performances include a crafted mix of folk, blues, jazz, classic country, classic rock, novelty songs, classical guitar, and occasionally clawhammer banjo. You will hear, among others, the influences of Neil Young, Johnny Cash, Fats Waller, Hank Williams Sr., Howlin' Wolf, Pete Seeger, Leo Kottke, Stan Rogers, John Denver, and Leadbelly.

While an average of 200 shows a year would exhaust most people, Dave revels in traveling, meeting all kinds of people and performing in new spaces.

  • "As professional and laid back a musician
    as I've ever had the chance to meet.
    Totally immersed in the song from the first note he plays."

    - Big Dave Anderson - Big Dave's Beat Farm, KTWH 99.5 FM Two Harbors Community Radio (Apr 03, 2017)
  • "Wow. Dave just did on a twelve-string what most people can't
    do on a six-string. We are really looking forward to
    watching that energetic performance again on video, wow!"

    - Jennifer Cutting, Folklife Specialist, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress (Feb 20, 2016)
  • "Guitar mastery and a gift for turn of phrase
    that keeps your brain giggling (or crying...).
    We love Dave."

    - Jeff Engholm, The Local Blend Monthly Update (Jul 29, 2009)
  • "Great songwriter and intelligent/talented musician.
    I felt blessed to have him on my show
    and am already thinking of a way to coax him back."

    - Big Dave Anderson - Big Dave's Beat Farm, KTWH 99.5 FM Two Harbors Community Radio (Apr 03, 2017)
  • "Dave's original songbook is extensive.
    From the deadly serious to nothing but silly fun,
    Dave has something for everyone!"

    - Jeff Engholm, The Local Blend Monthly Update (Sep 11, 2009)
  • "Intelligent and professional. A road warrior that surprises you when
    he fires off the first note and is gone down that track like
    he's out of the starting gate."

    - Big Dave Anderson - Big Dave's Beat Farm, KTWH 99.5 FM Two Harbors Community Radio (Apr 03, 2017)
  • "What can be said about St Joe's poster boy of folk music?
    Dave is such a nice guy,
    you almost forget what a great performer he is."

    - Jeff Engholm, The Local Blend Monthly Update (Jul 29, 2009)
  • "Dave Cofell's new disc, "No Substitute (for You)," features some great
    guitar picking and solid songwriting. Tracks to sample include
    "Easy Time," "Mellow Down" and "Going to the Graveyard (Someday).""

    - Karl Leslie, Saint Cloud Times (Apr 19, 2012)
  • "The new CD showcases Cofell's fantastic guitar picking skills and solid song-
    writing on an all-natural, minimalist recording. It's close to a Cofell live CD,
    only without the banter of the crowd or the scream of the espresso machine."

    - Adam Hammer, SCTimes.com (Jun 19, 2009)


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