Tuttle Creek State Park - Manhattan Kansas




David Thompson

David Thompson grew up in a small town on the high plains of southwest Kansas.  After learning to play his older brother’s guitar at age 10, he started writing songs to help fill the long winter nights.  In high school and junior college he played guitar and clarinet in the school’s jazz, pep, and marching bands.  He also played guitar in a few amateur rock bands thru college. Music by Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, and Grand Funk Railroad were early influences.  But he was also inspired by John Denver and Christian church music.

David flies as captain for a major airline and is currently writing/recording a collection of aviation songs encompassing various themes and musical genres. As coordinator for the North Central Kansas chapter of Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), he moderates monthly meetings in Manhattan, Kansas on the 3rd Sunday of every month at the Crestview Christian Church. Anyone is welcome to attend and share their songwriting experiences.  You can find out more by looking them up on Facebook or by contacting NSAI (, 1-800-321-6008). David also is involved with Country Stampede where he has emceed the Songwriter’s stage since 2012.  This is one of the largest country music festivals in North America and typically captivates 150,000 country music fans for 4 days in late June.  Stop by the songwriter’s tent and say Hi if you are attending or vote for your favorite song in their song contest at

David describes his writing style as “triple distilled profusion with a twist of lime whimsy.” He’s written various vocal and instrumental pieces in rock, contemporary Christian, flamenco, light contemporary, jazz, and classical guitar.  Although he’s written/recorded many songs on various themes in several styles, he’s best remembered for his comedy songs “Uncle Nick” and “They Taste Like Chicken.”  A few of David’s songs are available for purchase at