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Today - Sunday, April 13th, I'll be playing, with my band,  at the Apple Blossom Festival from 3:00 - 5:00 on the back stage.    Here's the link.  Apple Blossom Festival!
 
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As part of The Glaser Songwriter's Showcase, I'll be doing a SOLO, ACOUSTIC concert on Saturday, April 5th.  I am writing new songs and getting ready!  

What's special about a solo, acoustic show?…  Well, they are more intimate and more about the songs...  I tell more stories.  You can hear the lyrics.   Bill Bowker from the KRSH will be emceeing!  And, it will be a fully seated concert style show.   Get your tickets right here...  

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/581949

 
Santa Cruz folks!  This Friday night, March 28th, I'll be playing at the Crepe Place, along with Bryn Loosely and the Back Pages.  Come early!  I think I go on at 9:00.  I went to UC Santa Cruz.  I loved it there.   Can't wait to be back in town.

http://thecrepeplace.com/events/103744/
 
This weekend, March 7th and 8th, the band and I will be back at Moody's Bistro, Bar, and Beats in Truckee - one of our favorite places to play.  Looking forward to seeing all the fabulous Truckee folk again.  It's always a party!
 
Hey friends!  

Thank you all so much for the unbelievable support you've given me!    It's certainly been a wild ride!      

Truth is, I auditioned for American Idol to get my music out there and it absolutely did that!!!  I knew that Americana music was not a typical genre for Idol, so I am incredibly stoked to have made it to the top 100!  It was an intense process, super stressful, but it was also very exciting and while I did not make it through the group round, I am very very happy that I did it.

The song that I sang in my first audition for the judges was "In Hell I Am".  I am currently finishing up the studio recording of it and it will be out as my new single very soon!    Sign up on my email list to be the first to know!

Amazing opportunities have arisen from my time on American Idol and I am very excited for the future!  
  
I seriously have the best fans ever!  Thank you so much!  <3

Love,
David
 
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Hi Everyone,  

Well, so, people are wondering what happened with me last night (Feb. 5).    Obviously, I have no control over what is aired or not aired on American Idol and they did have 212 people to get through.  So all I can do is give you a recap of what actually happened with me in Hollywood, up to this point.  

I did not have to perform in the airplane hanger.  I didn't KNOW that I wouldn't have to perform though, so I was as nervous as everyone else.   I believe that the people that were chosen to perform in the hanger were people who had received two yes's from the judges.  I had received three yes's from the judges in my original audition, so I was FREE!  I got to ride a bus to the hotel.  Yippee!

In the solo round, I sang "My Babe" by Little Walter.  They didn't show me singing and it looked as if I were cut at that point, but I was NOT.  I MADE IT THROUGH!!! Whoohoo!  

Later in the show, you do see me working with my group, preparing for the group rounds.  I think there are now 100 contestants left (out of 75,000!!). 

Hey, at least my cat ...and my hat... got some airtime.  It's all good. 

Cheers,
David
 
Howdy Folks,
   Hollywood Week begins this week!   I  believe I may show up on the show.  I say "may" because you never really know if you will be in the program or end up on the cutting room floor.  All I can tell you for sure is that I made it to Hollywood.  I was there.  We'll all have to watch this Wednesday and Thursday (Feb 5th & 6th) to see what makes it on the air.  Thanks again for your support through this all!

Cheers,
David


 


Hi Folks,

Thank you all for your super kind words regarding my American Idol audition.  They were the best birthday presents ever!

I'm working on recording the song I sang on American Idol.  It's called "In Hell I Am", by the way.  Sign up on the email list and you'll be the first to know when it's ready.  

This is a crazy adventure.  Thanks for sharing and posting and tweeting.  I'm super stoked to have your support through it all.  

Cheers,
David



"Wow.  David is the real thing.  He has soul.  He has passion.  He has talent.  HE CAN SING!  If Harry doesn't like this guy, I'm so done….David is, without, a doubt, different than just about everyone else who has auditioned.  But he has talent.  And I think he could show everyone a thing or two."

Click here for full article from Idol Radio Show

 


"The best David since Cook was David Luning, a singer-songwriter.  He sang an original tune, which is a fresh edition to the series.  I loved his voice.  I could buy his record.  He is a Dark Horse and potential front runner."

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"You can now officially remove the 'small town' label from David Luning's resume…..  72,000 singers tried out and there were 212 subsequent Golden Tickets awarded. Luning has one of those….  

Click here for full article by Bill Pinella
 
 

"The judges chuckled about the dark intensity of David's self penned ditty, but the blues and the grit and the way-down-in-it intensity of the performance was mesmerizing."

Click here for full article by Michael Slezak
"He sang an original song that was an honest-to-God good song. It seriously could have been a record with an extremely unique hard-driving alt-country sound that was aggressive and simple at the same time."

Click here for full article by Andrew Pane
 
"Another original performance and another favorite of mine.  I really, really, really like this guy.  He's a complete natural entertainer and clearly a true musician. "

American Idol Net
 

DAVID LUNING
Performance Review By Janet Dove, Sonoma Country Folk Society

My message is: If you haven’t been out to see and hear David Luning perform, you have missed a great show! I’ve been lucky enough to catch this Forestville musician twice in the last couple of months, both times thanks to Schaef-Abel Productions—Laurie Schaeffer and Greg Abel. (Check out northbaylive.com for their upcoming shows.)

This 26-year old local performer is wise and talented and witty far beyond his years. Think John Prine, in a younger version. I can’t put my finger on any one thing about him that I like best, because he has it all! His song- writing is so insightful that I wonder how he seemingly has picked up so much life experience already! He shares and tells on himself. He gives us his analysis of this “Big Old Goofy World”. His wit and sly smile give the audi- ence the impression that he “gets it” already. David has a perfect Americana voice, and his phrasing and pauses are professional and always well-executed. Those of us active in the local music community believe that David may well be “going places”.

He can entertain and delight large crowds, using only himself, his guitar and his harmonica. What with me being a folkie, this is the way I prefer to hear David. However, his CD “Just Drop on By” proves what can be done when other musicians are involved—wow! The bottom line is—when the opportunity arises, get out and enjoy this man’s talent! He might just knock your socks off.

You can check out his upcoming performance schedule at davidluning.com 

Review posted in August Sonoma County Folk Society

 

 

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Have you ever woken up in the middle of the night with a song continually running through your head making it very difficult to sleep?  It's usually a song that you happened to be fond of, which is the very reason it is in your head in the first place.  Well, I'm currently sleep deprived and here to tell you that David Luning's debut album entitled "Just Drop on By", is full of those songs....and that's a really good thing.

Just Drop on By is the best Americana Music album I've heard in 2012.  It's full of alluring, enticing and embracing songs that keep you coming back for more, almost like you've become a Luning addict and you absolutely need it.  From the driving guitar licks in Whiskey Bottle to the corn spun sing along in My Baby Blues on Wheels, Just Drop on By never disappoints, making you want to become best friends with this album in a hurry. Lyrically, David pens like a musical veteran with splashes of humor, wit and human analysis showing the influence of his heroes John Prine, Hayes Carll and Todd Snider.   Dynamically, many of Luning's songs have been created to subliminally influence the listener.  Those songs start quietly, maybe acoustically, then slowly build adding instruments until the band is all together in full companionship ringing true with an extended hand that the listener wants to grab a hold of and jump on board.  The highlight of the album could be Bed of Roses, a song so good and so familiar sounding it makes you think you've already heard it somewhere before.  One can't help but be awash in smiles and sways from start to finish.

In the month that I have been reviewing Just Drop on By, each song has become cemented in my head ringing true and will certainly stand the test of time. Every listen creates more excitement, more passion and more impatience as I can't wait to get to the next song and the next song after that.  At his young age, David Luning has created a phenomenal experience, one that the masses shall enjoy, and one that hopefully is the older sibling to even greater entertainment in the future.... if that is even possible."

          

Johnny Bazzano, host of Your Aveerage Abalone, a roots music program heard the first and third Mondays from 8 to 10 pm on KRCB 91.1 in Santa Rosa, California
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