A native of Johnson City, Tennessee, Dave Yates has spent the majority of his life submerged in music. He began playing guitar at the age of seven. He played with with the late Dave Friday for 27 years and was the opening act for Merle Haggard for nearly two years. Country star Clint Black once asked Dave to join his road band. He has played with many great musicians, including Tim Stafford, Adam Steffey, Barry Bales, John Gardner, Rob Ickes, Charlie Daniels, Trey Hensley, and Doc Watson, just to name a few. Additionally, Dave has played on five number-one gospel hits, one of which won a Grammy.
In 2004 Dave released a solo album, "The Working Man," which was produced by Bobby Starnes and features Rob Ickes, Megan Gregory, Shawn Lane, Tim Stafford, Adam Steffy, Eddie Trent, Jim Van Cleve, and Darrell Webb.
Dave has been teaching individual music lessons since 1986 and is one of the most sought after instructors in East Tennessee. Some of his students include master fiddler Hunter Berry, bluegrass powerhouse Darrell Webb, Megan Gregory, and Beth Lawrence, all of whom have gone on to succeed in music careers. He teaches guitar (electric and acoustic), fiddle, mandolin, bass (electric and acoustic), and dobro. Since 2000, Dave has been an adjunct professor in the Appalachian Studies Department at East Tennessee State University, the only university in the world offering a major in bluegrass music.