David Hayes is an American bassist, guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter.
David’s personal website is www.davidhayesmusic.com
Hayes has worked with Van Morrison, Jesse Colin Young, The Rowans, Terry & The Pirates, Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes, Country Joe McDonald and others.
Hayes first played on a Van Morrison album in 1973 with the release of Hard Nose the Highway and was a member of Morrison’s acclaimed band, The Caledonia Soul Orchestra playing on the live album, It’s Too Late to Stop Now. This album has often been regarded as one of the top live albums of all time. Hayes is a featured member of the band on Van Morrison’s first ever DVD, Live at Montreux 1980/1974 released in 2006. He also appeared with Morrison’s band on his Pay the Devil tour, performing with him at the Austin City Limits Festival in September, 2006, which was released on the limited edition album Live at Austin City Limits Festival. The other Morrison albums Hayes has contributed to are Veedon Fleece (1974), Into the Music (1979), Common One (1980), Beautiful Vision (1982), Inarticulate Speech of the Heart (1983), Live at the Grand Opera House Belfast (1984), A Sense of Wonder (1985), No Guru, No Method, No Teacher (1986), Down the Road (2002), What’s Wrong with This Picture? (2003), Magic Time (2005), Keep It Simple (2008), and Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl (2009). Hayes has also accompanied Morrison in concert more times than any other musician.
David also has released six solo albums starting in 1988 with Sunbathing In Leningrad, followed by Logos Through A Sideman in 1989, Born Heroes in 1993, “Soul Diver” in 2007, “In Stereo” in 2011, and “FolkJazz” in 2013; the last three have all been released since moving with his family to the rural Northern California coast. David has also pursued visual arts along with his musical career and has painted or sketched all the covers for his albums.
On December 10, 2016 Hayes and duo partner Gene Parsons released their first album as a duo, Gene Parsons & David Hayes. Hayes and Parsons (formerly of The Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers) met in sessions on the Mendocino Coast, where both live. Their work as a musical duo began in earnest in the mid-00’s.