David Weiss is a guitarist, songwriter and producer based in New York City.
David’s music and songs have appeared on award-winning albums (Straight From The Heart—Rolling Stone Magazine’s Top Albums of 2003), HBO’s hit series The Night Of, major motion pictures (Leatherface), and national ad campaigns (Shimano).
David’s guitar has been a presence in many pivotal music scenes, from Canter’s Kibitz Room in Los Angeles in the early 90s to a year-long residency at Levon Helm’s legendary Midnight Ramble sessions, where he performed as a member of the Alexis P. Suter Band. In 2014, David was tapped to be “the other guitarist” in Steve Conte NYC, the band led by brilliant New York guitarist, singer and songwriter Steve Conte (Paul Simon, New York Dolls, Eric Burdon, Mink De Ville). David currently performs locally with critical favorites, Girls on Grass, as well as 2/3 Goat, a mainstay of the NYC roots-rock scene, and his own country-rock outfit, The Longhorns.
In 2009, Weiss created alter-ego Travis Whitelaw, an outrageous redneck country singer from Texarkana, TX. Whitelaw has produced two albums of raunchy country music to date, Sexarkana! (2009) and Beer & Booty (2014). Sexarkana! garnered widespread airplay on Sirius-XM satellite radio.
Following several years in northern California where he cut his teeth playing in a variety of bands, Weiss moved to Venice, California. From the mid-nineties to early aughts, Weiss led his blues-funk quartet, SlackJaw Blues, on myriad cross-country treks, in which the band played most of the lower 48 states (plus Alaska) in venues ranging from dive bars in Fargo to the esteemed Waterfront Blues Festival in Portland, Oregon where SlackJaw Blues opened for Los Lobos and The Allman Brothers. The group also shared the bill with Charlie Musselwhite and Robert Cray at the band’s final performance during the National Orange Show in San Bernadino, California. SlackJaw Blues released two full-length independent recordings, Knuckle Down and Bourbon DeLuxe.
Having gigged extensively with California guitar legend Carlos Guitarlos (Top Jimmy & The Rhythm Pigs, Tom Waits, The Breeders), Weiss performed on Guitarlos’ solo debut, Straight from the Heart which won many accolades, including Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘Top Albums of 2003’. Weiss plays guitar on nearly all of the album’s 17 tracks alongside X’s John Doe, Cesar Rojas of Los Lobos, Dave Alvin, and Mike Watt. Weiss also penned the album’s haunting track, “When The Pain Stops Killing Me”.
From ALLMUSIC’s review: Just listen as Guitarlos' ravaged, hoarse voice struggles to negotiate "When the Pain Stops Killing Me" and then announces, "I can't sing anymore." It's the truth, his voice is totally shot, the great "I'll stop killing the pain/When the pain stops killing me" chorus smacks of hard-earned truths from a hard life, and there simply couldn't be any more fitting wrap-up for this disc.