“Dave Haywood taught me how to play guitar,” said Duff, an Augusta native who at the time of those first lessons was in a youth group at Trinity On The Hill United Methodist Church with Lady Antebellum’s guitarist. Duff went to Augusta Christian Schools and lives in Augusta.
He will be in concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Jabez Sanford Hardin Performing Arts Center, 7022 Towne Center Blvd., in Evans, to promote his debut recording, The Good Life. Tickets are $10 at Duff’s Web site www.dallasduff.com.
“(Dave Haywood) got me started, and we played together in a church praise band,” said Duff, who calls his musical style “alternative country.” He even played in another band with Haywood’s brother, Michael.
Duff, 26, has a lot of good memories associated with the Grammy Award-winning band’s guitarist, including a youth choir trip.
The bus broke down in the middle of nowhere. While they were waiting for what seemed to be forever, Duff said, Haywood and others took out guitars and made an impromptu drum set, and the Love Unlimited choir began to sing. They didn’t have a big audience, but at least the gas station clerk was entertained for a while, he said.
Duff has played locally with the bands Random Acts of Awesomeness and Daze of Haze.
Duff has been concentrating on developing his own style and is working to gain fans who like different types of music.
“Some people – their music isn’t broad enough. Some people are trying to appeal to a small group,” he said, adding that the best music crosses boundaries and appeals to a lot of people.
“Like the Beatles. There are so many different types of people who like their music,” said Duff, whose original song My Jezebel was an entry in The Augusta Chronicle’s 2009 Singer-Songwriter Contest.
Duff hopes his Evans concert will be the start of something big. He and his manager have plans to head to Nashville, Tenn., soon and work on a concert tour.
The Evans show will feature cuts off his recording as well as some covers and is being filmed for a future video release. Guest artist Brittney Kay Bush will also perform.