North Mississippi singer-songwriters gather for Monthly Music Mix Saturday

By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal

MEMPHIS – Rock ’n’ roll, jazz, blues, country – so long as it’s music, David Cousar will love it.
The rambling raconteur is all about good music, good stories, good times, and it shows in the music he creates. Whether he’s playing with others, like label mate Amy LaVere, or rollicking pop-folkers Star and Micey, or treading his own path, everything Cousar does is based in music.

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A native of New Albany, Cousar grew up around music.
“I think I always either wanted to be a musician or a cowboy as a kid. I tried the singing cowboy for a while, and then I went with just the singing part,” he said with a chuckle. “It was something I really always just enjoyed, all kinds of music, really. I wasn’t just into one thing.”
He was raised on blues and rock ‘n’ roll radio, and between those two, “that sort of started my thing,” he said.
Now that he’s based in Memphis, he plays with a variety of musical pals and is working on his own solo music.
“It’s a healthy thing, musically speaking. I always try to encourage people to play in bands but also explore the solo thing. It’s two different worlds, really. There’s benefits and enjoyment from each,” he said.
Cousar is currently working on a solo album, but that’s been pushed to the back-burner as he’s been touring internationally with LaVere.
Besides, he loves playing live.
“I do enjoy the live thing more, because it’s in real time, and it’s a different process completely,” he said. “It’s sort of like the difference between a play and a movie, because a play, once it starts, it’s just going by in real time, as opposed to a movie which can be shot out of sequence.”
Cousar said he’s excited to play the Link Centre. He’ll share the stage with fellow singer-songwriters Clint Jordan of Oxford, and Drew Chapman of Pontotoc. He said singer-songwriter nights like the one the Link Centre is hosting is a benefit for both the audience and the musician.
“You really find out what kind of song you’ve got,” he said, “even if you’ve got one worth singing.”