King David's Trio Royale (Great Britain)

From left: Big Joe Louis (guesting), David Purdy a.k.a. King David and Peter Greatorex
live at Nothin' But A Blues Bar, London, summer of 2002. Check that fuzzy guitar!
Photo: Vanja Fridhammar
You Are My Sunshine New edition!
Over Land and Sea

Meet David Purdy: An excellent and very individual blues singer and guitarist with a truly personal sound. Very influential on his long time sidekick Big Joe Louis, with whom he once upon a time formed a mighty duo: The Roadmasters. Not so surprising, David Purdy plays on two tracks on Big Joe's 1996 album "Big Sixteen".

David performs regularly with his King David's Trio Royale: "The swingingest, grooviest most exotic leopard-skin blues guitar sounds around!". His trio of musicians come from the same pool of fine players that Big Joe Louis recruits from. Used to be Matt Radford on standup bass and Brian Nevill on drums, then Matt Radford and Peter Greatorex, then again Orlando Shearer and Peter Greatorex.

Around the year 2000 David Purdy also became the guitarist of Little George Sueref & The Blue Stars.

Vanja & I met David Purdy on a memorable evening in London, Aug. '98 at the "Station Tavern":
"A dedicated and intense musician with a very obvious sense of humour, he took the stage dressed in everyday clothes, armed with a budget guitar whose body he had covered in black&white fur, plugged into an amp'n'speaker outfit of slightly home built appearance (part Vox, part Tandy's?) - and won us all over.
"Pony Blues" never sounded better. The reverb sounded like glistening chrome, his busy fingers played weird and beautiful stuff, the endings became outdrawn shivering romantic dramas. He sang with a timeless quality: haunting songs about how his baby left him, left him a mule to ride, about the chilly winds he prayed should stop blowing, about his pledging of "Baby Please Don't Go!". For last encore we got the eternal wisdom that 'you never miss the water until the well runs dry'. So true."

Recordings (that I am aware of):
David Purdy: "David Purdy with Big Joe Louis & His Blues Kings" (1997) a cassette of 14 songs.
King David's Trio Royale: "Over Land and Sea" MONTE CARLO MCD 598 (2003)
King David's Trio Royale: "You Are My Sunshine" MONTE CARLO MCD 600 (2006)

YOU TUBE: "Mama Don't Allow Me To Stay Out All Night Long"
King David's Trio Royale in our British Blues Index "Knights In Blue Denim"