David Muse

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Dave Muse
Dave Muse.jpg
Dave Muse in 2018
Background information
Born (1949-07-27) July 27, 1949 (age 69)
Rome, Georgia, U.S.
GenresSmooth jazz, Rock, Pop
InstrumentsFlute (primary), Sax, Keyboards
Years active1969–present
LabelsDeva Records
Associated actsDave Koz Herbie Mann Nestor Torres

David Muse (aka Dave Muse) (born July 1949, Rome, Georgia) is an American singer, songwriter, composer, producer and multi-instrumentalist. He has performed and recorded with numerous artists including Firefall, The Marshall Tucker Band, Pam Rose, Bertie Higgins, Navarro, Boulder County Conspiracy and Tonal Alchemy. During his 50+ year career, David has appeared on more than twenty-five recordings and been awarded three Gold and two Platinum albums.


Early Days[edit]

Some of David's early musical ventures included J.R. & the Newtrons (featuring future Firefall singer Rick Roberts) and The Sons of Man (also with Roberts). After attending St. Petersburg Junior College, David performed as a member of Too Much Boogie. He was later invited to join Taxi, the house band at Scarlett O'Hara's in the original Underground Atlanta, where he remained for nearly four years until joining Firefall.[1][2][3]

Firefall (1975–1981, 1994-1995, 2000–2003, 2011–present)[edit]

David joined Firefall in 1975 at the invitation of old friend Rick Roberts.[4] The band had recently signed a deal with Atlantic Records and was preparing to record their debut, self-titled album Firefall. Since David was not an original signatory to the deal with Atlantic Records, the label would not allow his picture to be on the album and insisted that he be listed as an additional musician. The band always considered him an original member and was credited as such on their second album Luna Sea, released in 1977. From 1975–1981 the band released five albums and produced hits such as You Are The Woman, Goodbye, I Love You, Strange Way, Just Remember I Love You and Cinderella.[5] During this time, Firefall toured the world and shared stages with Fleetwood Mac, The Doobie Brothers, The Band, The Beach Boys and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Unrest and tension among band members lead to the breakup of the original band in 1981.[6][7]

David performed with the band occasionally over the years, returning as a full-time band member in 2011. Original bassist Mark Andes returned to the band at this same time.

David performing with The Marshall Tucker Band

The Marshall Tucker Band (1996–2000, 2003–2008)[edit]

When original member Jerry Eubanks decided to retire in 1996, David was invited to join The Marshall Tucker Band to cover sax, flute and keyboard duties.[8] He toured and recorded with the band until 2001, when he left for a Firefall reunion. He returned in 2003, departing again in 2008 for other projects. David appears on seven MTB albums.

David performing with Boulder County Conspiracy at Waterfest in Oshkosh, Wi. (2012)

Boulder County Conspiracy (2012)[edit]

With help from business partner Jeff O'Kelley, David formed Boulder County Conspiracy in 2012. The band included guitarist Jock Bartley (Firefall, Gram Parsons & the Fallen Angels), percussionist Joe Lala (Blues Image, CSN&Y, Manassas), drummer Bobby Caldwell (Rick Derringer, Captain Beyond, Johnny Winter And), guest bassist Mark Andes (JoJo Gunne, Spirit, Firefall, Heart), bassist Alan Carmen, guitarist Max Combs and guitarist Billy Sandlin. BCC performed a number of concerts, including Waterfest in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and the Clearwater Star Spectacular in Clearwater, Florida. The band dissolved in late 2012 due to scheduling conflicts and booking issues.

Solo Instrumental Music (1980-Present)[edit]

In addition to his participation in various bands, David has always been active with his solo career. The music can be referred to a contemporary, instrumental jazz with a bit of Latin flare. He tours and performs regularly when not on the road with Firefall.


Reunion Concert[edit]

In April 2008, David joined with the surviving original members of Firefall for a reunion concert at the Boulder Theater in Boulder, Colorado. The concert was recorded and appeared as Firefall Reunion Live in 2009.

Return to Firefall[edit]

David returned to Firefall as a full-time member in the summer of 2011, after successfully completing treatment for non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[9]

Colorado Music Hall of Fame[edit]

On January 9, 2014, David was inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame as a member of Firefall. Also inducted during this ceremony were Poco, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Stephen Stills & Manassas. The ceremony and concert were held at the Paramount Theater in Denver, Colorado.[10][11]

New Solo CD[edit]

Dave released his 4th solo recording, Forgotten Journey in May 2018.

New Band Name for 2019[edit]

Starting in January 2019, Dave will tour with a full band under the name Dave Muse + Babylon Candle.

Cannonball Musical Instruments[edit]

March 2019 - Dave joined the Cannonball Musical Instruments family as an endorser for their Mio® line of flutes.


Solo Recordings[12]

  • Tonal Alchemy (1981)
  • Fantasies of Love (1983)
  • Firefall Revisited (2016)
  • Forgotten Journey (2018)
  • Babylon Candle (TBR 2019)

As a member of Firefall[12]

  • Firefall (1976) – Certified GOLD (11/3/1976) & PLATINUM (April 19, 2004)[13]
  • Luna Sea (1977) – Certified GOLD (10/3/1977)[13]
  • Elan (1978) – Certified GOLD (October 17, 1978) & PLATINUM (1/10/1979)[13]
  • Undertow (1980)
  • The Best of Firefall (1981)
  • Clouds Across the Sun (1981)
  • Break of Dawn (1982)
  • Greatest Hits (1992)
  • Concert Classics, Vol. 2 (1999)
  • Colorado (2001)
  • Firefall Reunion Live (2009)
  • "Nature's Way" (2018) - Single

As a member of The Marshall Tucker Band[12]

  • Face Down in the Blues (1998)
  • Gospel (1999)
  • Beyond the Horizon (2004)
  • Carolina Christmas (2005)
  • Anthology (2005)
  • The Next Adventure (2007)
  • Live from Spartanburg, South Carolina (2013)


  • Listen, Navarro (1977) – Hammond Organ
  • Morpheus, Pam Rose (2004)
  • The Ultimate Collection, Bertie Higgins (2005) – Flute, Penny Whistle, Recorder

Television Appearances[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Biography, David Muse Website
  2. ^ O'Kelley, Jeff, "Local Legends: An Interview with David Muse", Creative Loafing Magazine, February 10, 2010
  3. ^ Andelman, Bob, "The Muse Was in Him, So He Turned to Music and Met With Great Success", Pasco Times, November 28, 1983
  4. ^ Biography, Firefall Website
  5. ^ Firefall Awards, ALLMUSIC website
  6. ^ Andelman, Bob, "Native Son Brings His Music Career Home", St. Petersburg Times, December 13, 1983
  7. ^ Larkin, Colin "The Encyclopedia of Popular Music, 5th Edition", Omnibus Press, Published May 27, 2011, pages 2062–2063
  8. ^ Biography, The Marshall Tucker Band Website
  9. ^ O'Kelley, Jeff, "Benefit for David Muse to be Held....", Creative Loafing, August 25, 2010
  10. ^ Induction Event, Colorado Music Hall of Fame Website
  11. ^ Big Names Inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, CBS Denver
  12. ^ a b c d Recording Credits, ALLMUSIC Website
  13. ^ a b c Gold & Platinum Database, Search "Firefall", Recording Industry Association of America website
  14. ^ Anthology, Austin City Limits Website
  15. ^ Episode Listing, The Midnight Special, IMDb Website
  16. ^ Episode Listing, VH1's Where Are They Now, IMDb Website