Tucked away in downtown Snoqualmie is a small music studio for budding guitarists and song writers – Davey French Studios – where students learn from a true pro: famed Everclear lead guitarist AND Snoqualmie resident, Davey French.
Davey first picked up a guitar at age 11, practicing night and day – first on a broken acoustic and then a cheap Les Paul knock-off. His playing eventually caught the ear of a music instructor. After completing a two-year course in music theory at age 18, French joined a Seattle band that beat out 650 other entrants to win a national talent contest.
A short while later, he was invited to join multi-platinum selling band Everclear as the their lead guitarist and backing vocalist.
For the past two decades, French has traveled the world thanks to the band and his guitar, playing shows in Iraq, Kuwait, South Korea, Europe and all across North America – and playing alongside some big names in popular music – from Metallica to Alice in Chains to Katy Perry and Taylor Swift. Everclear even opened a few dates of the Rolling Stones wildly successful A Bigger Bang tour.
And now it’s time to hit the road again.
It’s been 20 years since Everclear released their 1997 hit album So Much For The Afterglow, which remains a beloved fan favorite and continues to inspire new generations of musicians and fans.
Bolstered by the record’s enduring popularity, Everclear is about embark on a nationwide summer tour celebrating the milestone anniversary of its best-selling album to date. And the band won’t skip a song, performing each and every track of the popular album, including some that have never before been played live.
The nationwide So Much For the Afterglow 20th Anniversary tour launches May 11th in Portland, with the second tour date in Seattle on Friday, May 12th at the Showbox Sodo.
Davey’s wife Alexandra said during the 12-years they’ve lived in Snoqualmie, every time Everclear has performed locally – whether in Seattle or in the Valley at Finaghty’s – the community has always come out to enjoy the show and support their neighbor.
She was excited to let the community know about the new tour – and the May 12th Seattle show date.
And when the tour winds down and Davey’s back home in Snoqualmie, you’ll find him back downtown in his studio, teaching and inspiring local musicians.
For more info about Everclear and the upcoming anniversary tour and the Seattle show date, visit the Everclear Facebook page.