Born David Roe Rorick, bassist/vocalist/songwriter Dave Roe grew up in Hawaii and started playing bass in funk and R&B bands in the late ’60s and ’70s. Upon moving to Nashville in the early ’80s, he joined Jerry Reed’s band. Over the next several years Dave toured the world with numerous country artists including Mel Tillis, Vern Gosdin, Charlie Louvin, Dottie West, Chet Atkins, Vince Gill and others.
In the early ‘90’s, Johnny Cash hired Dave to play in his band the Tennessee Three. Dave has said ‘that started my love affair with the upright bass, and slap bass in particular, that lingers till this day.’ Dave toured with Cash until the end of his career, and also played bass on most of the American Recordings sessions produced by Rick Rubin.
After Cash passed away, Dave toured for five years and recorded with Dwight Yoakam. Dave’s recording session work increased immensely once he stayed in Nashville and off the road. Coinciding with all of this, he was a member of the Don Kelley Band for 13 years, considered one of America’s best honky-tonk bands.
With over 500 album credits, including numerous platinum, gold and Grammy-winning records, over the years Dave has worked with such diverse artists as: John Mellencamp, Sturgill Simpson, Chrissie Hynde, Taj Majal, Loretta Lynn, Ian Hunter, Brian Setzer, Dan Auerbach, CeeLo Green, Yola, John Anderson, Carrie Underwood, Marcus King, Brandy Clark, Joe Ely, Gretchen Peters, Ray LaMontagne, Faith Hill, Duane Eddy, Kathy Mattea and others.
These days, Dave continues to work recording sessions and play live with a few artists regionally. He has his own band, the SloBeats, formed with guitar great from Marty Stuart’s band Kenny Vaughn, and drummer Pete Abbott from the Average White Band. Dave also regularly books sessions in his own studio, Seven Deadly Sins, located right outside Nashville in Goodlettsville, TN.
Me and Cash