Singer-guitarist David Myhre, who has toured with Tanya Tucker and Eagles rock icon Don Felder, has just released a video for a song he wrote about his rodeo-riding wife.
David Myhre was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, and moved to Nashville in the early 2010s. The long, freezing winters in Alaska had helped him hone his craft as a guitar player and songwriter and he was anxious to see what noise he could make in Music City.
“The last-frontier spirit of Alaska has resonated with me throughout my journey in music. So much of it is uncharted, new territory — I still have no idea what’s around the corner,” Myhre says.
He’s been fortunate to work with some of the best in Nashville and to tour as a lead guitar-vocalist alongside country legend Tanya Tucker and currently with rock icon Don Felder, formerly of the Eagles.
We talked with Myhre about the story behind the new song and video, the evolution of his career, and the music that lifts his spirits.
Cowboys & Indians: Tell us about the new song.
David Myhre: I grew up on rock ’n’ roll, but my latest single, ‘Cowgirl,’ taps into my country roots. The cowgirl I’m singing about is actually my wife. She grew up rodeoing in Mississippi, which set the backdrop for me to write the rest of the song.
C&I: What are your favorite lyrics in the song?
Myhre: I like the picture the second verse paints in a matter of four lines: “Like gold out in the West / Girl you outshine the rest / Auburn hair with a Southern grace / Couple freckles on your face.”
C&I: And the video?
Myhre: We shot the video in Mississippi on the farm where my wife grew up. We really wanted it to be cinematic and dreamy. I was lucky enough to have my beautiful wife I’m singing about in the video as well. My buddy Tim Wilson, who directed the video, did a fantastic job bringing our vision to life.
C&I: How did you get into music?
Myhre: My two older sisters both wanted to try their hand at guitar but never stuck with it. When I was 10, I dusted off one of their guitars and never put it down. I studied all the classic rock footage of the greats like Jimi Hendrix, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and I knew what I had to do. I started a band in sixth grade and did most of my learning through playing shows and weekly band practices with my friends. My musical tastes are all over the map. In the early years it was definitely classic rock and the great blues players. I discovered more of the importance of songwriting when I moved to Nashville.
C&I: What have you been doing during lockdown?
Myhre: Never having this much time at home before, it’s been tricky finding that balance between exploring a normal life, and staying productive in my creative space of keeping the music rolling. I don’t get much time to jam in my at-home studio - so I’ve really gotten to break it in during this quarantine. I miss the road, but this has been a good time to get back to the drawing board. I’m normally always on the road, so I’ve enjoyed the time at home. I love to cook and try new recipes in the kitchen. There’s also been a lot of work going into future singles and the plans ahead.
C&I: Can we expect some more new music in the near future from you?
Myhre: For sure! I’m releasing singles right now instead of an album. I like creating a world around each song, so there will be more music videos and songs in the near future!
David Myhre’s Feel Good Playlist
“Hey Nineteen” — Steely Dan
“When It Was Wrong” — California Honeydrops
“Find Yourself” — Lukas Nelson
“New Kid in Town”— Eagles
“Rosie” — John Mayer
“How Long” — Ace
“Love Is a Beautiful Thing” — Vulfpeck
“I Don’t Remember Me (Before You)” — The Brothers Osborne
“I Can Get Off on You” — Waylon Jennings & Willie Nelson
“Dream Lover” — Bobby Darin
“Feel Like Makin’ Love” — Bad Company
“Show Me How to Live” — Audioslave
“Can’t You See” — The Marshall Tucker Band
“Moonlight Serenade” — Glenn Miller