March Featured Musician: David Puett
From Special Reports
David is the manager and teaches music at Musicology in Newnan. He is also lead guitarist for the Kris Youmans Band and lends his talents to other groups and individuals needing exceptional guitar work. His skill and versatility in multiple music genres is recognized by all who know & have heard him play.
We talked to David about music, influences, family, and career. Music seemed to be ever present for David as a young kid. His father is a musician/guitarist and the bands were frequently at their house.
In 2005, he graduated from AIM-Atlanta Institute of Music.
We asked if teaching was the main goal after graduating.
“I just needed music to be my career. I was lucky enough to get a call from Doug Kees three months after graduation. Teaching isn’t all I do, but it’s definitely the foundation.”
His influences cover a wide range of music.
“Besides my father’s influences, Nirvana and Stevie Ray Vaughan opened me up to the world of the 90s in Atlanta-rock & blues.
“One of the highlights so far as a musician would be when the band won the Georgia Country Awards Traditional Artist. We were also chosen as one of eight bands representing Georgia through Georgia Public Broadcasting in advance of Ken Burn’s documentary ‘Country Music.’ The band was voted Best of Coweta in 2020, 2021.”
David says the biggest reward with music has been the blessing of leading worship with his kids – this is what it’s all about and family is what is most important to him.
He says, “Imma keep playin’ till I can’t play anymore!”
And he has some advice for young musicians just starting out.
“Don’t set your sights on just one thing, develop as many industry skills as you can and be open to all industry opportunities.”
David and the Kris Youmans Band will be part of the Make More Music Festival lineup at The Foundation on Saturday, March 18. They are scheduled to hit the stage at 7:15 p.m.
For this month’s Local and Live Music Schedule in-and-around Coweta County, visit: https://www.wintersmedia.net/the-music-local-live-in-march-2/.
Dave is a fine player/educator with huge ears and skills toward playing all styles of music. His genuine enthusiasm makes learning music fun.