We had the good fortune of connecting with David Tribble and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi David, what’s the most difficult decision you’ve ever had to make?
The decision that comes to mind is the one I made when I was chosen to audition on the TV Show “The Voice”.. This was back on Season 6, so it was still a fresh and exciting time for this show. I can still remember sitting in the lobby of a hotel in Los Angeles, after 2 days of a quarantined stay, they called the finalists in a separate room and said we made it through. It was a great feeling! Especially after working through all the emotions and stress of doing what you love to do in a way you have never actually done it. Soon after I was told this, I jumped on a red-eye flight back to Fort Worth TX, where I had to teach my Middle School students at 8 am. Honestly I don’t remember that day in class., ha! So now it was back to reality, after living three days in another one way out in LA, full of music, hanging out, auditioning and meeting new people, one that I really enjoyed and will never forget. I was asked to to go back for a possible chance, but not guaranteed a spot of national television, to advance in the competition with the trip lasting up to 3 weeks for preparation and practice. After many days of praying and weighing out both realities, the risk of my losing my job and the responsibility of my role as a husband and a new father of a 1 yr old baby girl. My heart was so torn, but my wife and I both knew the answer that had to be made. I wrote a song after my experience. Here are a few lyrics from it. “Bittersweet is the taste left behind in this place I don’t understand it, but maybe in time I will after the smoke clears” -Bittersweet by David Tribble
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Creativity is such a gift and I’m so glad that is one I get to unwrap and use. I started out with a basic childhood: middle child, had a brother, a sister, parents divorced, shy kid, not awesome at anything but ok at some things. But when I started playing guitar around 18 years old, that was it for me! Put me in a room with a guitar and a few hours of nothing else, I’ll have you a song or two! I’ve had a great range of music experiences, not big ones, but ones with many miles, styles, places, and faces. Some quite random and short lived but all have led me to a place of finding confidence and ownership in my style and approach to songs, and being able to make them my own. Now, I lead a full worship band at my church for Sunday Services. Something I believe God has been preparing me for.. I am able to sing most songs with a soulful sound, that is what sets me apart I’d say. I want to find the connection between the lyrics of a song, and the soul behind them. I wish I could do this every time, but lets just say “life is kinda like a song” not always gonna work out the way you plan, may not even come close. But I think that is why we can all relate to music in our own way because it revolves around that universe of a beautiful disaster, that give and take, lose and gain reality that it has grown from, Just think about a world without it…It’s like our hearts would only be for pumping blood. My challenges have been minimal and had met so many great people that helped with those challenges and given me opportunities that I would not have had on my own. What lesson have I not learned at least a dozen times….I will say, as many have, to be real and to find yourself if all you do., not a version of someone else, but to tap into yourself. I have many friends who do this much better than me but it speaks louder than anythings else if you can find that “you” groove. Also, use music for good, make meaningful music when you can, don’t waste it or abuse it. Oh and change your guitar strings!! And less is more, my Dad taught me that one! What the world should know about me is, that I am a Christ follower, nothing is possible without the Love He had on the whole world (John 3:16) I simply want to touch hearts and make music that can be felt not only heard, reaching listeners of all kinds.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In Fort Worth the choices are endless when it comes to hanging out, and music is always playing somewhere! Well at least it was and hopefully will be soon. I and my family enjoy spending time at the outdoor venue “The Woodshed Smokehouse”. A true Fort Worthy place located right on the Trinity River with a great relaxed & rustic atmosphere serving up tasty dishes by renowned Chef Tim Love. They have music on the weekends and I’ve played this place many times. It is always such a fun time with a great crowd. Highly recommend it! We always love the family friendly atmosphere and the food! I have taken a friend of mine out to a venue I like called “The Post” located on the east side. Great new spot with food and bar with great stage inside and out. The sound and feel of this place compares to the recently closed down spot called the “Live Oak Music Hall”. It’s the same owner. I can remember a night when he took me and few other locals on a tour before it opened, boards and concrete with the original brick walls with such character. It is an awesome place to spend an afternoon or evening out. As we all know, Mr. Leon Bridges can be found picking around a few spots in Fort Worth, his hometown. I met him for the first time at the Grotto, another iconic music venue that recently closed down. He can be found jumping up on stage at one of my other favorite spots called “The Magnolia Motor Lounge”. Another great place to hear music and get in on the one of kind music scene here in Fort Worth.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My wife Erin! She deserves all the shouts I could give out! God blessed me with her and we celebrated 10 years together this year, with two amazing girls, Harper 7 and Emberly 2. She knows my first passion was music and shows great support for my desire to make and play music. Sometimes that can be tricky and not ideal for raising a family. Finding that balance is so important and I have lost sight of it a few times. She has been there through it all!
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