David Lauver of Knoxville, Tennessee, writes and performs Country, Bluegrass, Folk and Gospel songs. A long-time scriptwriter and performer in the “Front Page Follies,” a musical roast of state and local newsmakers, he continues to write original comic songs and parodies.
David was a co-writer of three songs on Ali Shumate’s “Every Bit of Me” album in 2019—including the #1 Bluegrass tune “Jezebel.” He also was a co-writer of “Hi Lonesome” on Donna Ulisse’s “Time for Love” Bluegrass album that reached #2 on the charts in 2019.
In 2014, David was chosen to the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame. A five-time finalist in the Chris Austin national songwriting competition at North Carolina’s “Merlefest,” he was selected to perform at Nashville’s Tin Pan South Songwriters Festival in 2019.
To feed his songwriting habit, David is a freelance writer. He’s also worked as executive communications manager at the Tennessee Valley Authority; public relations director for the main campus of the University of Tennessee; press and legislative assistant to U. S. Senator Howard Baker; and a reporter for the Knoxville News Sentinel.
David has performed at Gatlinburg’s Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival, Maryville’s Foothills Fall Festival, the Fountain City Music Festival, and writers’ nights in Knoxville and Nashville. He is education and public relations director of the Knoxville Songwriters Association and a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, the Country Music Association, and the International Bluegrass Music Association.