David Skinner, born in Henrietta, Texas, began singing on stage at the young age of eight years old. His mother and father were avid music lovers with a wide range of music interests – jazz, blues, folk, classical, and Broadway. Skinner took up guitar and began playing in bands at age 14. After graduating high school in 1968, he continued playing in various bands throughout his college years.
In 1972, Skinner moved to Austin, and joined a band called Rockola, with Lou Ann Barton, Randy DeHart, and others. Through contacts from this band, Skinner met and played with the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughn, Jimmy Vaughn, Kim Wilson, Marc Benno, Johnny Winter, Ray Sharpe, Lightning Hopkins, Little Feat, New York Dolls, BW Stevenson Danny Sanchez, and many others in the Texas music scene. After leaving Rockola, Skinner played in several bands throughout the South, including Skydog, Nighttrain, and Kegbelly. He also played with and opened for Aerosmith, Delbert McClinton, Lynrd Skynrd, 38 Special, Holly Hatchet, Black Oak Arkansas, Sonny Landreth, Spencer Davis Group, Clifton Cheneir, and the Amazing Rhythm Aces.
Since moving to Tulsa in 1980, Skinner has been performing and contributing to the Tulsa music scene for over 25 years; he has played with the bands Remedy, The Gators, Larry Cagle Band, The Automatics, Tatu and the Polly Ess Band. During the last few years, Skinner played with Night Train, and currently leads the David Skinner Band.