Dave Gambler was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, just east of Los Angeles, California, in the city known as El Monte. Chuck Berry, Paul Fenech (The Meteors), Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Link Ray are some of the names that inspired him to pick up his first guitar at the age of twelve.
Gambler began his musical journey with the music his father favored. The sound of classic rock and Spanish rockabilly was a constant in their home. By the time he got to high school, Gambler discovered the vibrant local punk, rockabilly, and psychobilly scene. The event and band that change it all for him and solidified his musical direction was witnessing a live performance by the Reverend Horton Heat. Like a bolt of lightning striking a conductive metal rod, psychobilly became Gambler’s musical mission in life.
Gambler’s love affair with Gretsch started with a Tennessee Rose. It was his #1 go-to guitar for ten years. These days Gambler performs & travels with a G6118T 130th Anniversary Jr.
Gambler’s band, Gamblers Mark–with all original members–will be celebrating 15 years together in 2019. Since their inception, they’ve had the privilege of touring around the world and just finished their 5th album, Dirty Needles. One of his most treasured accomplishments to date was performing in an upcoming documentary on rockabilly legend, Johnny Burnett. Another highlight this year was making it to number one with their song “Hell Ride” on L.A.’s FM radio station KROQ “locals only” program. Hearing himself on the radio was a lifelong dream that finally came true.
Gambler is currently working on a new album with Gamblers Mark that will be released in 2019. Following its release, a Japan and UK tour will be scheduled. If you happen to be in Southern California on December 8, 2018, be sure to catch him and Gamblers Mark at the Mooneyes Car Show at the Irwindale Speedway celebrating That Great Gretsch Sound!
Feature photo by Alexandra Plascencia.