Lay Down & Die
What Is And What Should Never Be
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Dave Helwig is a Northern California, South Bay artist who began to develop a following even as a young teenager—winning contests at local bars for best band, vocals, song, and guitar.
Helwig continued to win over new fans while performing at famous clubs like the Troubadour, Gazzarri’s, as well as other notable clubs throughout California.
It didn’t take him long to draw the attention of many accomplished Bay Area musicians. After releasing a very well-received EP with Ross Valory of Journey, Prairie Prince, and Gary Cambra of The Tubes, BAM Magazine’s Carla Hay wrote: “Dave Helwig is rock personified.”
Helwig kept touring and the following grew. 2001 proved to be a fruitful year with notable shows including: opening for Robert Cray where he received four standing ovations, and performing with Pat Travers where Dave’s masterful trading of guitar licks earned him an endorsement deal with Baker Guitars. He appeared in Guitar Player Magazine and performed at the NAMM show representing the guitar company. Later, that same year, Dave was invited to perform lead vocals for Montrose.
“It was amazing,” said Helwig—a Montrose fan. “I remember looking over at Ronnie and thinking… here I am performing with a music icon that I grew up listing to.”
In the comings years Dave began touring with country artist, Amy Scruggs. Amy met Dave after she heard his song “Comin’ Home.” She liked it so much that she wanted to cover it. She asked Producer Paul McKenna (A&M Records) to put them in contact. They had an instant rapport and began touring as a duo opening for major acts including the legendary Charlie Daniels performing to crowds as large as 28,000.
After Dave and Amy disbanded he continued to perform as a solo artist, it was at this time Dave decided to relocate to Northern California and call upon friends: Polo Jones (Zucherro, Eric Clapton, BB King), Kier Staeheli (Blindside Blues Band), Jeff Martin (UFO, Badlands), Craig Martin, and Grammy award winner, BT Gibbs to record an EP to be released in 2019.
In May 2019, Helwig released two singles: “Beautiful Girl” —a song about the birth of his daughter and the unspeakable connection one feels during that experience, and “It’s One Of Those Days” — a tongue and cheek song about having a frustrating day.
You are invited to follow Dave Helwig and the Zoe Tree’s journey on Facebook live, YouTube, and Instagram.