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Celebrate Christmas in the Sierra

by Regina Purcell, Staff Writer

After chasing a career in music for most of his adult life, David John settled into a busy schedule and brings his brand of cowboy country to Carson Valley.

John is not only the lead singer for David John & the Comstock Cowboys, but also a songwriter, musician and playwright.

His career has spanned from Nashville’s Music Row to the jungles of Vietnam as a U.S.O. entertainer.

He has lived in the Valley since 1990 and resides in Gardnerville.

“Over the years I traveled the road and did some gigging out in this area,” John said. “I fell in love with this part of the country.”

His band was named the 2003 best local band during The Record-Courier’s Best Of competition.

The members include Mike Ansotegui on washboard and drums, Rich Liska — harmony vocals, steel, keyboard, and harp, Glenn Buschine — classical guitar, harmony vocals and Rick Hammel–harmony vocals and bass. John sings lead, and plays guitar and fiddle.

They present Christmas in the Sierra, a holiday musical written by John during two performances on Dec. 20, at 5 and 8 p.m. at the Genoa Town Hall. Tickets cost $10, available at Wild Rose Inn in Genoa. For information, call (775) 782-5697 or e-mail: wildrose@pyramid.net or comstockcowboys@yahoo.com, or visit their Web site at http://www.comstockcowboys.com.

David John & the Comstock Cowboys are also the house band at the Bucket of Blood in Virginia City. After their Christmas shows, the band plays from 1-5 p.m. on Saturdays.

“I like shows,” John said. “We do a lot of Western music film festivals throughout the West.”

His musical, Christmas in the Sierra, was written four years ago and has become a Valley favorite in Gardnerville, Genoa and Minden.

“This is a special show we do every year,” he said. “It’s family-oriented.

“I’ve always liked Christmas music and always wanted to write holiday tunes. There are a few standards (in the show), but a lot of it is original.”

John said his music style is strictly country.

“It reaches down to the average person,” he said. “People can relate to it. It is simple music. Uncomplicated and it tells a story.

“I always like when a song tells a story.”

John’s fans include Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn, who invites the band to play at various functions at the Carson City mansion. Rep Jim Gibbons (R-Nev.) is also a fan who has given some of John’s CD’s to President George W. Bush.

“Yeah, I got a letter from the president,” John said. “In this part of the country, we have a pretty big fan base, (and through the Web site, the band also has fans in) Italy, Germany and Holland.

As for the next few years, John wants the band to continue moving forward.

“I always like to get better,” he said.

He plans to release another CD next year, and plans to have longtime friend and artist John Hunt of Taos, N.M. do the design.

David John & the Comstock Cowboys will also be featured on John Tyson’s Christmas Journal on TV, channel 8, at 11 p.m. on Christmas Eve.

Here is a list

of John’s credits:

Albums: Old Cowboy’s, Fiddles and Wine, Aztec, 2002; Legends of the West, Aztec, 2001; Christmas in the Sierra, Aztec, 1999; Calico, Aztec, 1999; Songs of the Old West, Aztec, 1998, Kentucky Wind/Runaway Train, Aztec, 1998; Those Old Songs, Aztec, 1979, Stranger Lost In Time, Aztec, 1979; Indian Summer, Aztec, 1976; Startin’ All Over Again, Subtown, 1975; Hell Cats soundtrack, Capital/Tower, 1969.