Dave Dunlop’s working relationship with Hall of Famer Rik Emmett had grown to the point that they released a duo project called ‘Strung-Out Troubadours’, with Dave co-writing, recording, co-producing, mixing and performing, all in his Room 9 studio. The strength of the duo’s chemistry led to their winning ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Best Group/Duo’ at the 2007 Canadian Smooth Jazz awards, where they were the most heavily nominated act. Each of the ‘Troubs’ was also up for “best guitarist”. Far from resting on their laurels, they recorded their follow-up CD entitled “Live at Hugh’s Room” [produced and mixed by Dave], showcasing the acoustic duo in a magical evening captured just before Christmas 2006 at the fabled “Hugh’s Room” in Toronto.
In 2008, Dave joined the re-formed Hall of Famers, ‘Triumph’, supporting the original line-up of Rik Emmett, Gil Moore and Mike Levine. The ‘Troubs’ have since followed up the “ Hugh’s Room” disc with the 2009 critically acclaimed release “ Push & Pull”, again produced at Room 9.
Currently, Dave continues to balance his studio work with touring.