Back in his high school days, with one faithful roadie and one faithful Fender amp in tow, David Trull was a regular feature at flavorful local blues hang out, The Roadhouse in St. Louis, MO. Every Tuesday, the Roadhouse would have local blues hero Alvin Jett onstage to lead a jam session. David headed to the Roadhouse, rain or shine, for three years’ worth of Tuesdays. On that stage, David struck his musical roots in the soil of the blues. His great loves at that time were “The Allman Brothers” and “The Derek Trucks Band;” as well many pillars of the tradition, such as "B.B. King" and "Buddy Guy". He was known to laugh in rapture at the grinding, throaty “breathing” of Derek Trucks’ guitar or sit spellbound for hours listening to Delta blues on an old record player.
Years later, at college, David found a different kind of treasure: he discovered “The Milk Carton Kids.” Their blend of eclectic, punchy song-writing and limpid melodies inspired him to write music more restrained, music more focused on lyrical power. He began by covering several of his favorites at an open mic night in the spring of 2013, where his rendition of “Michigan” was received with a standing-o. Along with two friends, David formed a musical trio called “Bourbon & Bitters.” (By all accounts, he was the ‘bitters’ in the relationship.) This act was the vehicle for him to try his hand at song-writing, and he wrote and performed half a dozen songs over the remainder of the semester. This adventure culminated with the recording of his first EP: “Sowing Season.” Those songs are about beginnings, David says, which seemed like a proper theme for his first effort.
David, now home in his native St. Louis, is no longer at the beginning of things. He has completed a new album, “Coin Toss” which has received early features and praise from outlets such as Faronheit, Kingston Music Review, Milk Craters, and Independent Clauses, among others. He’s tasted some of life, and it’s a broad world, with many beautiful things in it; but at the same time, much is fragile and out of reach. The sweet certainties of childhood, which are so celebrated in “Sowing Season,” are harder to hold onto the further you go into the world we’ve inherited. The pain of losing those footholds will be on full display in his new album- but that shouldn’t surprise any of David’s devoted listeners. For a man with his feet in the blues, writing about loss, heartache, and the humor of it all is nothing less than second nature.