Most recently, the mercurial Brit has spent much of his time in Nashville, having recorded a pair of solo albums (The Blackbird Diaries and The Ringmaster General), steeped in rock and country. A third album, Lucky Numbers, is due later this year, recorded with the very same group of Nashville musicians with whom he did the first two. And although an air of mystery -- and perhaps even a bit of danger? -- surrounds the end result (as you'll sense from the teaser video below), it wasn't hard for him to decide to continue making records with this core group of players.
"From the very first day we felt like a band, as you can see from 'The Ringmaster General' movie about our meeting and the making of the first two albums," Dave tells The Boot. "The movie was shown at film festivals and aired on VH1's Palladia in the U.S. and Sky Network in Europe. [It will air again on Palladia Thursday, Feb. 14, at 7:00 PM ET]. The comments were always the same, how the viewers loved the camaraderie and the obvious love of playing music together. I love these musicians, and [Martina's husband] John McBride is responsible for putting us all together. He co-produced Lucky Numbers."
Although the musicians remain the same as on his last record, the multimedia-savvy musician/entrepreneur notes that the new one will offer a slightly different experience for listeners -- and viewers.
"It's a bit of an adventure (and we certainly had one making it)," he explains. "The album will have a film that accompanies it which has a narrative and delves into the world of gambling with life -- winning, losing and luck. Success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than one's own actions."
As one last hint at the new project, he says sheepishly, "We did make the album in the South Pacific, but did we ever really get there?"
We don't know the answer, really, but based on the last two albums, we're confident that, in the end, the journey will be well worth it. Stay tuned!