Dave Hole Biography

30 March 1948, Heswall, Cheshire, England. Hole’s family moved to Perth, Western Australia, when he was four years old. The music of the Rolling Stones inspired him to pick up the guitar, and through them he discovered Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. He had been playing for some 10 years before he took up slide guitar. A broken little finger caused him to play over the fretboard with the slide on his index finger, an unconventional method also adopted by Stan Webb. With various musicians, Hole led bands playing the ‘booze barns’ around the Western Territory. A self-produced cassette that he sold at gigs found its way to Europe and America, where a Guitar Player article resulted in a contract with Alligator Records. The same album, Short Fuse Blues, prompted Gary Moore to add Hole to his 1992 European tour.

Like many of his American counterparts, Hole is happy to play rousing, bar-band blues rock that is best heard live, but which remains entertaining on the albums that have followed. Of particular note are 1999’s Under The Spell and 2007’s Rough Diamond.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.