Old-school Charleston scenesters remember Sullivan’s Island-based singer/songwriter and therapist David Bethany for his work as the Fender-slingin’ frontman of pop-rock/R&B power trio the Killer Whales, an original band that was very popular in town in the 1980s. Bethany has continued to write, perform, and record his music through the years, including summertime residencies at the Banana Cabana on the Isle of Palms.

Bethany recently announced the independent release of an 11-song solo collection titled True Love. Bethany recorded the tracks at Charleston Recording Studio with engineer John Miley. Backing players on the album include bassist Cambridge Trott , drummer Tim Bonomo, and organist Bill Nance, along with a few special guests.

Tunes range from pirate-themed sea chanties and soul-fired rockers to acoustic guitar-based ballads. “It’s more acoustic-oriented than the stuff I was doing many years ago with the Killer Whales,” Bethany says. “And it has considerably more instrumentation.”

Visit for more.

Stay cool. Support City Paper.

City Paper has been bringing the best news, food, arts, music and event coverage to the Holy City since 1997. Support our continued efforts to highlight the best of Charleston with a one-time donation or become a member of the City Paper Club.