Better Know an Artist (Vol 27): David Tribble

David Tribble is a singer/songwriter from Crowley, TX. A middle school teacher by day, he moonlights as a soulful, honest songwriter. Armed with simple structures and songs from the heart, he strives to really connect with his audience. David sat down to answer our age-old questions. Check it out:

Me: For starters, tell us a little about yourself. How did you first get into music? And when did you know this is what you want to do for a living (money be damned)?

DT: I started playing guitar late in life, around 18, but can’t remember a time since where I haven’t been in music, whether I am writing a new song, playing live around DFW or leading worship at churches. Music is such a heartbeat for me, and can’t imagine life without the opportunity to do it! Through the last few years of my life, married with a daughter and wife to support, this year will be the one where I spend more honing my craft and pursuing music and I couldn’t be more excited! Scary stuff but that comes with the territory to drive you forward. One thing is for sure, the passion for music is not going anywhere, so I can count on that to keep it fresh.

Me: How would you describe your music to someone who hasn’t heard it before?

DT: Soulful, original, honest.

Me: Who are some of your biggest musical influences, and why?

DT: Citizen Cope was the first artist (band) that I couldn’t get enough of. He is also just as good solo, another reason I really appreciate his music. Simple, creative, purposeful, and honest. Dang good! Goo Goo Dolls were an earlier influence as well as Switchfoot and Jeremy Camp on the Christian end. Didn’t listen to a lot of music growing up. As an artist now, can really tap into some Ray LaMontagne and Amos Lee and Bob Dylan of course.

Me: Which of your songs means the most ot you, and if you don’t mind me asking, why?

DT: I have a song called “Sweetest Things” that I wrote while my wife and I dated. It’s about how she came into my life and made everything so much better, sweeter than it was before. And now as the most important person in my life, it is that much more evident and I really can’t imagine life without her. 2012, I recorded it and for an anniversary, we got a few lyrics from the song tatted up.

Me: If you could open for any act, dead or alive, who would it be, and why?

DT: Citizen Cope, I just really like their music and he is who he is and lets his music speak for itself. Not much hype or fluff on or off stage. He lives his life and plays his music.

Me: Any favorite new musical acts, local or otherwise?

DT: Leon Bridges, met him after opening up at the Grotto. I teach in the school district that he went to school in. He was a high schooler at the time. He bought me a drink and said he liked my set. Just a real down to earth guy who gives credit to the right places and never forgets where he comes from.

Me: What’s your “stranded on an island” record?

DT: Just give me a guitar and I won’t need one!

Me: Moving onto the home front, what are your favorite (and least favorite) things about the DFW music scene?

DT: All the new venues that are about the music in Fort Worth are the best thing (Woodshed, Shipping and Receiving, Thurber Mingus). Along with the local scene and shout out to Rattle Music for the awesome support for me and other local artists with their magazine and website, Least favorite are stories of guys getting their stuff jacked! (Ed. note: No kidding! That’s just low! But again, the support is strong to come together and get back at it!

Me: Favorite DFW venue to play (or see a show). Why?

DT: Shipping and Receiving is my new favorite with great sound and crowds that love music!

Me: Any favorite local acts people should be looking out for?

DT: Leon, I would like to see Leon Bridges live.

Me: And for shits and giggle, what’s a fun fact that most people don’t know about you?

DT: I’m a middle school teacher and coach. Tennis coach, right now. It changes. one too many sh… and giggles at my job!

Many thanks to David Tribble for submitting to all this fun stuff. Here’s hoping he can make it out to see Leon for one of his upcoming shows in the area. I also hope you guys can make it out to see him sometime soon. He’ll be playing at Mayfest in Trinity Park (FW) May 1 at 4pm and at Tim Love’s Woodshed Smokehouse May 15 at 6pm. If you can’t make it out to those, there are dates through the summer on his webpage listed below. You can check out some of David’s tracks below and find out more at


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