Dave brought his musical stylings from the hinterlands of Arizona to Austin Texas nearly 20 years ago, and he has performed regularly in and around Austin ever since. Dave’s rich, dark baritone and unique songwriting are the centerpiece of Dave Insley’s Careless Smokers, a great country dance band featuring Danny B. Harvey, Bobby Snell, Daniel Jones, and Vance Hazen — along with occasional Smokers Tjarko Jean, Mike Therieau, Matt Hubbard, Jesse Harris, Clint Short, Chip Dolan, and more… Dave and the boys perform favorites from their latest album Just the Way That I Am at their regular weekly show, every Saturday night at the White Horse — an Austin tradition since 2013. Dave and the band are also featured regularly at the Sagebrush and the Driskill Hotel.

Dave’s album releases include Just the Way that I Am (2016), West Texas Wine (2008), Here with You Tonight (2006), and Call Me Lonesome (2005).  He has lived in Austin, Texas since 2005, but his roots extend deep into the Arizona desert. Dave’s unique style has earned him a reputation as one of the Southwest’s most original artists, and one of the region’s most authentic country voices. Dave is currently producing a new album, due for release in 2023.

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“The kind of set you have to drop everything and tell your pals about. A new book on Americana is now being written. Hot.”
—Chris Spector, Midwest Record Recap
“A formidable Country & Western vocalist, Insley has a rare appreciation for, and command of, the nuances of Country phrasing & storytelling. A truly gifted singer”
—Bob Mehr, Phoenix New Times