David Massey played guitar on and off for fifteen years before taking a stab at writing a song. At 35, moved by his sister’s struggles with mental illness, he wrote “Susie Came Home.” Not sure what to make of the result, he set it aside and didn’t attempt a second song until six years later. On Memorial Day, 2001, he read a Washington Post reprint of a letter a young American fighter pilot wrote to his wife during World War II after learning of the birth of their first child. Massey wrote “The Drunken Letter” that day, played it for friends, and the positive response set him down the road that has resulted in three independently released CDs – Blissful State of Blue in 2004, So Many Roads in 2009, and Until the Day Is Done in 2015. The few reviewers who noticed were wowed; Rootstime called Blissful State of Blue a masterpiece, and added “David Massey manages, with his storytelling, to blow away celebrities such as John Prine, James McMurtry, Todd Snider and others that have preceded him.” Two of the tracks from David’s “Until the Day Is Done” CD spent the summer of 2016 in the top ten of the Roots Music Report’s folk rock singles chart.
Many of David’s songs are meditations on the plight of the mentally ill, homeless and others struggling on the fringes of society; examples include Susie Came Home, A Better Way, and January Wind (all available for free streaming at www.davemasseymusic.com), so he has supported Gifts For the Homeless financially for many years and is now delighted to be able join the other musicians supporting GFTH in this great event.