Tarheel Roots Troubadour David Childers Calls It A Day


John Schacht
November 16, 2007

David Childers & the Modern Don Juans, one of the Southeast’s strongest roots rock outfits – even if Americana radio never figured that out – have amicably decided to disband after four years.

Childers, 57, cited his growing Social Security disability law firm that he runs with his wife and other creative interests as two reasons why he has no plans to perform any more. He also said the grind of touring was another key factor. He says he plans to continue writing songs and recording with the band’s guitarist, Randy Saxon. Drummer Robert Childers, his son, is now playing with Charlotte bands 2013 Wolves and the Trouble Walkers, where bassist Mark Lynch joins him (Lynch also plays bass with rural rockers Lou Ford).

If you’ve not heard of Childers & the Modern Don Juans, well, that’s another reason why he’s decided to pull the plug. In Harp’s March, 2006 review of Jailhouse Religion we wrote:

“North Carolinian Childers and his gut-punching Don Juans transcend the yawns and poses of most alt-country to recall the early-’80s heyday of country punk with their guitar-seared bar-band country rocking.”

But despite three No. 1 records on the Euro-Americana charts (2003’s Room #23, Jailhouse Religion and this year’s Burning In Hell); opening slots on several tours with the Gourds; a 2005 Mountain Stage appearance; and successful festival appearances in Europe the last two years, the band’s roots-punk was too rock ‘n’ roll for the staid and stale Americana machine.

“It’s been very rewarding, but I just don’t feel like there’s any place else left for us to go,” he said. “The reality is that we’re playing traditional-based roots rock ‘n’ roll in a time when they’re just isn’t a lot of interest in that.”

If you’re in the Carolinas, you can catch a final string of regional dates beginning tonight in Charlotte at Snug Harbor, or an in-studio appearance on WNCW-FM (www.wncw.org) on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 3 pm:

Saturday 11/17/07 The Purple Onion – Saluda NC

Wednesday 11/21/07 The Grey Eagle (Thanksgiving Eve) w/ Pierce Edens and the Dirty Work – Asheville NC

Friday 12/14/07 Bohemian Cafe – Greenville SC

Thursday 12/20/07 The Americana – Pineville NC

Saturday 12/22/07 The Comet Grill – Charlotte NC

Saturday 12/29/07 The Loft at Rodi w/ Bill Noonan Band – Gastonia NC

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