Born in South Carolina, he started professional career playing with "THE PLATTERS", in 1968 . Worked for years playing bass on the "CHITLIN CIRCUIT" of the deep south in R&B bands. He gravitated to Nashville in the early 70's and built a monument of work as a session player and harmony singer. Over a period of 10 years in Nashville, played and recorded with TOWNES VAN ZANDT, BILLY JOE SHAVER, ,KATHY MATEO, WILLIE NELSON, DON EVERLY, RICHARD DOBSON, J.D.SUMNER AND THE STAMPS, STELLA PARTON, J.J. CALE, MARSHALL CHAPMAN, BOBBY WHITLOCK (DEREK AND THE DOMINOS), GEORGE CUMMINGS (DR. HOOK), PAT MCLAUGHLIN, DOUG DILLIARD, THE MEMPHIS HORNS, DICKY BETTS, ROY BUCHANAN, DAN PENN/SPOONER OLDHAM, AND LONNIE MACK.
David toured California and recorded J.J.CALE's #8 (1981) Album in L.A. on Polygram. On this J.J. CALE- tour, NEIL YOUNG played with the band in San Jose and at the Waldorf Theater, San Francisco.
He moved to Austin and again played with old friends BILLY JOE, TOWNES and guitar great LONNY MACK .
On many of the Austin gigs the LONNIE MACK band second guitar was Texas native son STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN. Worked with the legendary RONNIE LANE (Faces). He befriended BLAZE FOLEY, played and recorded "LIVE AT THE OUTHOUSE".
"THE CHARACTERS" were formed and recorded "ACT I" on the German record label ''Line Records''.
They recorded "CRACK IN TIME", ''SOUNDS FROM THE 4th WORLD", ''SOLDIER'', ''LE VOYAGEUR'' with the CALVIN RUSSELL Band for the French "New Rose" label and toured Europe over 5 years with major success.
Back in Austin, he produced and played on 2 CDs with "Silenz"recording artist PAT MEARS, two CDs on RICH MINUS, for "New Rose",
2 CDs on Swiss artist JIMY HOFER. Recorded "ELECTION DAY" with SHERI FRUSHAY.
David sang "BIG CADILLAC", the first title track on VOL. II of the BLAZE FOLEY-tribute "IF I COULD ONLY FLY" on Spanish label "Borderdreams". Recorded 3 CDs with "THE KEEPERS" on "Munich records", Holland. Davids co-write with BRAD BOBINSKY ''APRIL IN PARIS'' is a great cut on ''LOOKING FOR A SIGN" (THE KEEPERS).
He also played on the JESSE TAYLOR release "TEXAS TATTOO"...
Davidīs co-write with BILLY JOE SHAVER "MOTHER-TRUCKER" appeared on the "HIGHWAY OF LIFE" and "RIG ROCKS" albums.
In 1999 recorded "SCARLET SONG" with SHERI FRUSHAY who recieved I.C.M.A.G "BEST ARTIST"-award and toured Europe two years
Davidīs song "REAL GO-GETTER" is the single on JIMMY LEE JONESīCD "REAL GO GITTER".BOB BROWN recorded ''REAL GO-GETTER'' on his debut CD.
TALK OF THE TOWN" a co-write with SHERI FRUSHAY is on the MELISSA SELLERS CD "DEEP SOUTH AUSTIN"as a duet with David. Also Melissa recorded his ''I CAN`T WIN'' on her latest live CD.
The "SKEETERS" from Alabama recorded "MOTHER TRUCKER"on their album "EASY FOR THE TAKIN" in 2005.
The new Nashville rising star JOHNNY NAPP just recorded Davidīs song ''STONE COUNTRY" with GARTH BROOKS old band in August 2006.
The ''REDNECK BOYS'' from austin recently recorded ''REAL GO-GETTER'' .(2007)
David Waddell co-produced the TOWNES VAN ZANDT realease "IN THE BEGINNING" on Compadre records.
He played with J.J. CALE at the Belmont theatre, Nashville 2004 and was joined by TONY JOE WHITE. He also played bass on the SERGIO MARK WEBB CD ''LONG GREEN MILE'' while in Nashville.
Davids CD "LAST ONE TO KNOW" in 2004 was released on TVZ records.
In October 2005 "Waddell Hollow records" debued with their first CD.
BLAZE FOLEYīs "WANTED MORE DEAD THAN ALIVE". An archival recording he and brother LELAND WADDELL played and produced. This CD landed #3 in the "Austin Chronicle" 2005 top 10 best of Austin poll . Was #2 in the F.A.R. Charts for 2 months and won the "Historic" category for 2005. Placed #14 in the Euro-Americana radio charts for two months.
The WADDELL-BROTHER team played again with CALVIN RUSSELL and have four tracks recorded live on the US release of "In Spite of it All" in 2006 and are perparing for another european tour Nov-Dec 2007.
Since October 2006 David Waddell lives in South-Germany. He is playing with his new band "HELLBOUND TRAIN".
David is releasing a brand new CD recorded in Nashville with the best Nashville has to offer and is titled "TRUCK BROKE DOWN".