Mr. David Viner - in his own words
some simple facts,
I was born with red eyes and purple skin due to the fact I had the umbilical cord wrapped firmly round my neck. I didn’t do much talking after that till I recorded my first album in 2003 for The Hollywood Dim Mak label. In 2004 I recorded my second album ‘This Boy Don’t Care’ for James Oldhams’ Loog label. Since then I have toured mainly non stop with the likes of Spiritualized, Dr. John and at the end of last summer, with the White Stripes on a European tour. Under the watchful eye of Ed Harcourt I recorded my third album ‘Among the Rumours and the Rye’ for which I released the single ‘Go Home’ which The Gaurdians’ Laura Barton calls ‘the most pleasingly woebegone song you’ve heard in ages’.
I have been called a blues player and although my heroes include Skip James and Rev. Gary Davis I always thought it easier to try and emulate say, Fred Neil or the Monkees due to fact they were more commercial and a lot whiter. Being a middle class jew it’s a lot easier to copy Dylan than it is Mississippi John Hurt.
That’s not to say I can’t play like them and nodding approvals from Bert Jansch made me realise I was doing something right.