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David Hungate

In the music business you can’t always plan where your career takes you. Most of the time it just falls into place over the course of the many years. Our guest has had the good fortune of having the pieces of his career fall into place by calling the right shots at the right time. He is the consummate session musician and one of the most respected bassists in the industry. As an original member of the rock band Toto, David Hungate provided a rhythmic anchor to a band that delivered classic songs as Rosanna and Africa to the world. From his beginnings with Sonny and Cher to his Grammy-winning Toto work, to Randy Travis, David has never been removed from the A-list of bassists because of his ability to provide the right groove for the right music. He left the LA scene for all the right reasons, and along the way built a network of premier accounts in Nashville that just won’t stop calling such as Toby Keith, April Barrows, Brooks & Dunn, Neil Diamond, Manhattan Transfer, Reba, Eddie Rabbitt, Linda Ronstadt, Boz Scaggs and Kenny Rogers. We welcome David Hungate to Inside MusiCast.

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Reader Comments (19)

Another wonderful interview from a great musician with lots of great stories about the early Toto days. Check out David's album 'Souvenir' Some really nice stuff on there.

December 9, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterBrian Hassan
Good comment....Souvenir IS a really nice CD. Totally different and unexpected from Hungate....and to know that Lukather and Jeff played on it along with Chet Atkins...I ding these kind of treasure recordings. ec
December 9, 2006 | Unregistered Commentereddy Cabello
Amazing interview you two.This seemed more a "meet ya at my place" hang than a broadcast and I just loved it-the questions and repoire just flowing.

So, who's NEXT?

Rock on!T

December 10, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa
Good stuff guys, again! Thanks for getting out all these wonderful stories of the Toto cats and the people around them. The Yokohama tapes should indeed be put on DVD, like the Agora 1979 show. Another thing that needs to be done is to get the whole Toto family on stage for the 30th anniversary tour. Thanks for you share in promoting that. Keep up the good work!
December 12, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterKim
Just finished listening to the Hungate cast. Wow!! What great stories and of course, I never get tired of hearing about Jeff!Thanks Guys,Chris
December 13, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterChris Brady
David Hungate is an unbelivable bass player. Is work on what i belive is the greatest produced album of all time TOTO IV is bass playing at its best. I was sad that he left TOTO in 1982 but glad he is still rockin.
December 17, 2006 | Unregistered Commenterderek blackwood
Thank you for the fantastic interview with David. Toto is a huge part of my musical life and to hear all his amaziing stories just made my day, he's an absolute class ack.

December 21, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterLeo Hernandez
Two days before this interview, I was in studio working on my first solo project. David played on six of my trax. Although I am not anyone famous, he treated me with such great respect. He was such a kind person and I am so honored to have him playing on my project. His talent is HUGE!!! I must admit it was quite a humbling experience to sing with him accompanying me.
December 26, 2006 | Unregistered CommenterJana Allard
great interview guys! David has and is still a member of the rock group Mecca featuring one of my very good friends Joe Vana...David plays bass of course and he layed down some insane bass lines and grooved heavy with fellow nashville co-hort Shannon Forrest and they are getting set to record Mecca 2 next month!

David is a class act and I look forward to meeting him. He's a music legend and I'm sure his production advice and his bass playing will be apart of what I feel will be the record of 2007 Mecca 2.

for more info on this project with david


January 8, 2007 | Unregistered Commentercrazy mar'tay
Mar'tay...Thanks for the comments. David is a class act, man. Keep us posted on how it goes.

January 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEddy Cabello
I was honored to get to meet David's son, Jake Hungate after one of his shows with his band, The Legendary Shackshakers. I am sure there was plenty of musical influence from his father - even though Jake is a drummer.
January 11, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNathan Yancy
Hey, Nathan....long time! Thanks for your comment. David H did tell me and Rick that his son was a drummer in a band...and he also mentioned that he was a darned good one at that. (for some reason, I take his word on it...he himself is a perfectionist when it comes to craft). I love the part where he mentions that he is playing plenty of horn parts these days....how about that? Take care!

January 12, 2007 | Unregistered Commentereddy Cabello
After hearing this great interview, I went online and ordered a copy of David's CD 'Souvenir', I must say it is fantastic and would recomend it to all. I turned it on to some of my music cats and they thought the same. And David says he wasn't sure about it??????. I just know I love it.Thanks for turning me on to another gem.
January 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLeo Hernandez
Leo, isn't it neat to find great musical "treasures"? The funny thing is, that most of them have been around for awhile and we almost tent to stumble over them.Thanks for the post. And, BTW, SOUVENIR is a listeners album. You have to know one thing about Dave Hungate, as we found out, is that he is a perfectionist and the highest critic of his own efforts....thus, his self-incrimiating comments...but down deep, he must have satisfaction about the project. It's a great project.Thanks for the post.EC
January 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterEddy Cabello
For anyone who is a Toto Fan, or for that matter a music fan it's a must hear interview with David Hungate. Eddie and Rick do a fantastic job putting David Hungate at ease in making a perfect podcast interview! You guys make listening a pleasure again.I was able to see Toto at Kings Island back in 1980 for Grad night and I could really relate to some of the topics that were brought up. Please do your ears a favor and give them some ear candy. Great Job Eddie and Rick!

Dave Townsley

February 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterDavid Townsley
Hey, Dave! We're humbled by your comments...but you're right....our format is much more like an easy chat that our guests really dig......not just Q&A's....but we like to make the guest comfortable. David was ON. We actually laughed pretty hard during a couple times in the interview....but overall, he delivered content that I think we all found new and refreshing. Hope you're good.

February 26, 2007 | Unregistered Commentereddy Cabello
hi eddie, hi rick!

not only as a long time toto fan, your site is an absolute MUST for everyone who loves music and is curious on what´s more to tell than we were usually told :-))your guest list is an incredible who is who of my personal heroes. i ow them so much. their skill and outstanding taste has ruled big parts of my life in the past...and it will rule a lot in the future.

i can´t thank you two guys enough for giving us the chance of taking a close look behind the scenes. i love the stories and david hungate is obviously a man you can listen to all night long. your questions couldn´t be better (in general, not only in the hungate-interview!!!). it´s like hangin´around with you and the guys and having a great time talking about the early days *g*

i´ve told a lot of my friends about musicast.com and i´m looking forward what 2007 is going to bring on more treasures.

i wanna thank you from my deepest heart and wish you all the best for you & your fantastic site! it´s a great idea and it´s worth to be recognized by millions of musiclovers....

best regards from good old germany, michael
March 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMichael Kleine-Tebbe
Michael,You are too kind! We too are so excited to have these caliber of guests on our shows. Keep tuning in. Michael Omartian is next and he'll be super interesting. We'll work hard to get names that you know and love. Thanks again!EC
March 13, 2007 | Unregistered Commentereddy Cabello
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January 8, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLiz Bright

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