Long time Bad Company guitarist Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell has been playing the guitar since the age of eight Bucket has shared the stage with some of music’s greatest artists such as Slash, Bon Jovi, Mick Ralphs to name a few. Classically trained and inspired by the likes of Steve Marriott, Paul Kossoff and Mick Ralphs, it wasn’t long before Bucket began to form his own bands and play in the local venues.
His first taste of success came with the release of his first song ‘Running Away’ with his band Angel Street. The band quickly built a dedicated following in the city of London. Dave also worked with 720 and then went on to Samson.With Samson, Bucket toured Europe extensively appearing with Black Sabbath, Gary Moore and UFO.
Dave would eventually leave Samson to form FM. Also, during this period Dave signed a songwriting deal with Rondor/Universal and penned an early hit for Iron Maiden called ‘Reach Out’. Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden then called on Bucket to write and record the ASAP album 'Silver & Gold' which saw release worldwide.
Bucket was then tapped by one of his guitar heroes, Mick Ralphs, to play in Ralphs’ solo band. This gig led to Bucket becoming a member of Bad Company in 1990. Bucket would tour and record with the platinum selling act during the Holy Water, Here Comes Trouble and the What You Hear Is What You Get tours. Dave would also co-write The Company of Strangers and Stories Told and Untold albums for Bad Company.
During a brief hiatus for Bad Company, Bucket was asked to join Humble Pie by founding members Jerry Shirley and Greg Ridley. Bucket wrote and produced Back on Track for Humble Pie. Paul Rodgers reformed Bad Company and requested that Bucket rejoin for the Merchants of Cool tour which culminated in a CD/DVD that went Gold.
Since then Bucket has stayed very busy. He recorded and toured behind the solo project from Spike of The Quireboys. Bucket then joined The Jones Gang featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Fame drummer Kenney Jones(Faces/The Who) along with old band mates Robert Hart & Rick Wills. The single ‘Angel’ from the debut album Any Day Now would stay at #1 on the US radio charts for 12 weeks.
Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell led his all star band Bucket & Co. on his eponymous debut album Guitars, Beers & Tears.
Bucket is joined by a Iron Maiden’s Adrian Smith, Edwin McCain, Steve Conte (New York Dolls), Spike (The Quireboys) and Mark Read (A1) among others. The album features songs written by Bucket as well as famed country singer/songwriter Tommy Lee James (over 50 #1 hits).
Guitars, Beers & Tears has been a labor of love for Bucket. Colwell had the chance to write and record with some of his best friends and bandmates from his storied career in Rock and Roll.
Bucket is currently touring playing full band and acoustic shows in support of his debut recording ‘Guitars, Beers & Tears.’
During his career Bucket has lived the life most musicians have dreamed about. Bucket’s songwriting is sure to leave a legacy of producing and performing high quality hard, melodic rock. It’s no wonder that Dave ‘Bucket’ Colwell was recently inducted into the Harrod’s Guitar Hall of Fame.