World-touring guitarist and artist, Dave Preston, has played with the likes of Justin Timberlake, Kelly Clarkson and virtuoso, Jake Shimabukuro. Still, he calls Dearling his musical home.
“We are literally family, but even family doesn’t always play well together. And we do.”
It’s the kind of family that has kept the band together happily since 2015, landing gigs at Red Rocks, playing with legends like Roberta Flack, and all while garnering a growing fan base.
Dave and Rachel met in the middle of Dave’s whirlwind career at a songwriter event in Denver. “I’ll never forget his extraordinary and unique guitar playing and songwriting. He stopped the whole room with his song, ‘Rain Down’. I had no idea who he was at the time, but I knew I would never forget him.” Rachel didn’t and soon the two were great friends.
“I remember I needed guitar lessons for a big show I had coming up and I called around town to ask who could get me up to speed quickly. Dave’s name kept coming up and I thought, ‘hey, I already know this guy’. I took lessons and after the show Dave asked me out. We’d spent every lesson laughing hysterically and I knew we had something special. After a long string of bad relationships, Dave was my first great one. And he’ll be my last.”
Dave and Rachel married in 2014 and immediately began writing and creating together. Rachel had placed multiple songs with country and pop artists alike (Jess Moskaluke, FACE Vocal Band, etc.) and Dave had played in every genre and with major artists all over the world. “It was easy to create together. We both had a lot of experience doing it. We took our time and had fun.” Along with Joel and Noah Matthews (brothers) the band wrote, recorded and mixed the record all on their own. An intense process that taught them a lot about the art of creating as a team.
With the success of Dearling’s first record, Inheritance, Dave and Rachel knew that their second offering would have to be different and that they would need to challenge what they had already created. “Silver and Gold” is Dearling’s second record and hails back to Rachel’s modern country start in her musical career. “The first song that ever got me a real paycheck was a country tune. I loved going back to that and creating songs that aren’t just love songs. A couple of these tunes are real stories, people deciding to do the right thing at the right time. It’s about the heroes we never talk about culturally. We idolize people for all sorts of reasons; fame, success, money, athletic ability. I wanted to sing and create some songs that promote those who give when no one is looking, without an agenda. They just live right.”
The band also got some help from guitarist Danny Burton on the song, What I Don’t Need’. “Danny came to us with this great chord progression and sound. It was so fun to write to that chord progression with the key change that happens. The chorus opens up in such a luxurious way. It’s a super intense tune in the verses and then this chorus just makes you smile.”
Dave recognized the shift in direction from the moment the recording process started. “We spent so much time thinking about each part on Silver and Gold. Everything was so intentional. I’m singing a lot more than I have in the past and it was a huge challenge. Rachel wrote songs that made sense for me to take on. This record is us in a totally different place and at a different level than we were with Inheritance. It’s more mature with a clearer sonic direction. There is still a deep sense of the Western sound that we all feel like we came from, but there is a lot more country in this group of songs. And with the lyrics, it just makes sense.”
As Dearling has grown together, the music has become tighter, clearer and more comfortable. The same values that guide good family guide the songs. Silver and Gold reflects Dearling values. It’s about real love and unsung heroes.