Dave Hargis grew up in rural Middle Tennessee. His musical education began at an early age singing with his family in church. His musical roots are typical of the early 60s Rock, Pop, R&B, Blues, Country and Gospel.
Although Dave's abilities as a singer and musician are largely self-taught, his proficiency enabled him to begin his professional career at the age of twelve, after receiving great respect from the music community. Occasionally sneaking into nightclubs, he developed a very impressive following by the age of 16 and was soon in hot demand in the clubs as well as the college circuits of Tennessee, Georgia and the Carolinas. By the
time Dave reached 18, he had made his mark on the Southeast with his own aggressive style influenced by artists like Johnny Winter, Freddy King, The Allman Brothers and other great acts of the 60s & 70s.
After 10 years of paying his dues professionally, Dave landed a job with country artist Bobby Bare. Bare was looking for a young, rockin' guitarist for his 1980 Columbia Records album and Down & Dirty tour and Dave Hargis, then 22, fit the bill. During his five years with Bare, audiences all over the U.S., Canada, Europe and Central America were introduced to the Great Hargini as Bare nicknamed him. Dave also got the opportunity to back up such legends as Dobie Gray, Dickey Betts, Charlie Daniels, Carl Perkins, Willie Nelson and dozens of other artists as staff guitar player on TNN's Bobby Bare & Friends.
Dave became part of the expanding Nashville sound as one of the first blues/rock guitarists to tour and record with a Nashville act on a major record label. He was also one of the first slide guitarists to be recorded on country records and be on country TV in the early 80s.
Around 1982, Dave was hired to play on a demo for a Nashville newcomer, David Lee Murphy. Dave was asked to join Murphy's band in 1994 and has been with David Lee for the past six years. While touring with Murphy, Dave has polished his skills as a songwriter, put a band together and has decided to take the next step to further his career as an artist.