David Huckfelt is a singer / lyricist / activist and founding frontman of Minneapolis indie-folk cult favorite The Pines. His work with The Pines received Record of the Year accolades from Mojo & Q Magazine, and garnered praise for Huckfelt from David Fricke (Rolling Stone) as one of the finest songwriters of his generation. In a fifteen-year touring career, he has shared stages with artists from John Prine, Mavis Staples, and Emmylou Harris to Bon Iver, Calexico, and Trampled By Turtles.
Starting with the late Santee Dakota poet John Trudell in 2014, Huckfelt has partnered increasingly with an array of Native American artists and activists in the fight for environmental and social justice. Last year David joined forces with Honor the Earth founder Winona LaDuke to organize and perform at the inaugural Water Is Life benefit festival in Duluth, MN with Bon Iver, Hippo Campus, Adia Victoria & more, with plans in progress for Water Is Life II in summer 2022.
With thousands of shows under his belt across the US, Canada & overseas, Huckfelt’s grassroots following has grown from small-town opera houses, Midwestern barn concerts to national tours and festival stages such as Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Edmonton and Calgary Folk Fests, and the legendary First Avenue Mainroom in his beloved Minneapolis home. His live performance is both improvisational and masterful, with a rugged optimism that blasts through layers of darkness in real time with songs that speak volumes, soft & clear.