David Wilcox is a brilliant song writer, a great singer, and one of the hottest guitar players from Canada. Not to be confused with the American folk musician and singer-songwriter with the same name. He first made his name as a wild showman, then across Canada as a Blues/Rock guitar wizard and onstage firecracker.
Wilcox discovered Elvis at age six, started picking guitar a couple of years later, and played his first gig - to a room full of ex-convicts - at age fourteen.
In the early '80s Wilcox became both a killer guitarist and a passionate showman. Wherever he played he left a room full of exhausted, happy club goers who'd danced, drank, clapped, stomped, shouted and laughed their way to a great time.
During these years, Wilcox led a rather excessive lifestyle. On his first three albums, Out Of The Woods (1980), My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble (1983), Bad Reputation (1984) he sang - from experience - about sex ("The Grind") drugs ("Riverboat Fantasy") and rock and roll ("That Hypnotizin' Boogie") and even sang about the gossip fostered by such pursuits ("Bad Apple, Bad Reputation").
Here is yet another musician that many may not be familiar with. Of course Canadians know about Wilcox and his blues rock boogie guitar. Although American audiences may have been exposed to his music without realizing it as his songs 'Hypnotizin' Boogie' and 'Cabin Fever' were used in the US feature films Cocktail and The Great Outdoors, respectively, in 1988. Also near the close of the 2002 Winter Olympics, the Canadian figure skating couples pair of Jamie Salé and David Pelletier did a flying demonstration to the Wilcox tune Rockin' The Boogie. Wilcox continues to record and is still a top attraction on the Festival and Arena circuits around Canada.