Darin Talbot

Entertainer • Singer / Songwriter

It all began in 1999 when Darin Talbot’s song “Tweeker Shred Master” from his debut CD “MUSIC FLIGHT” won BEST NEW SONG honors at the first online music festival; this secured Talbot an invitation to hang with Hef, perform at the PLAYBOY MANSION and open for THE BRIAN SETZER ORCHESTRA.That same summer Bill Graham Presents tapped Talbot to open on the small stage for THE BEACH BOYS at Sacramento Valley Amphitheatre. In 2001, Darin released “TAHOE BACKCOUNTRY”. This disc aired nationally on Radio Disney, Dr. Demento and on the All Star Radio Network. Talbot was voted Lake Tahoe ACTION’s * BEST LOCAL MUSICIAN * for two consecutive years in a row.

Darin would later release two more CD’s “Big Air” in 2003 and “To be without you” in 2007. In 2006, Warren Miller Films tapped Talbot’s ska version of ‘Tweeker Shred Master’ for use in the ski and snowboard film titled OFF THE GRID. In 2008, Darin released his award winning “AROUND TAHOE” self guided tour that works in real time as one drives around Lake Tahoe www.aroundtahoe.com. It was an instant hit and it was quickly picked up by SONY/KLM Distribution and put in over 2000 stores in North America. He followed this up with the Around Tahoe Skiing and Snowboarding Tour Guide which won the 2010 WARREN MILLER AWARD for modern media coverage of skiing in the U.S. 

In 2001 Darin played music through Costa Rica on a tour and fell in love with the easy going lifestyle. It’s easy to do! Darin came again in 2003 on another trip and played more shows. Then in 2011 Darin moved to Costa Rica and performed at the 5 star Springs Resort & Spa in Arenal as the house entertainer. Darin now performs his unique and fun show all over the country full time. Just living the dream! Pura Vida!

Darin Talbot is Costa Man and Mr. Tahoe
He has performed over 2000 gigs (1300+ public), over 400 corporate gigs, and over 270 weddings.

Costa Rica Videos

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Album Collection

Master of Vacation

1. A Solo en Costa Rica
2. Chili Guaro
3. Master of Vacation
4. Whiskey Howler
5. Puravidaville
6. Costa Man
7. Crusin
8. Better on a boat 
9. Taylored James
10. Corona Rica
11. Leaving Costa Rica 
12. Puravidaworld

Costa Man





1. A Tico’s Life for Me
2. Puravidaville
3. Bloody Mary Song
4. Directions to Happiness
5. Welcome to My Life
6. How You Write a Song
7. Guitar Man
8. Thing About You
9. Oh My
10. Freight Train Jumper
11. Poetry
12. Waiting for You
13. Rum Rant

Chillin and Grillin

Chillin and Grillin

1. Grillin Time
2. Gas Station Angels
3. Slippen
4. Glass
5. Mr. Pride
6. The Day
7. Thinking Bbq?
8. Flow
9. Magnet
10. Don’t Bring Me Down
11. Now She’s Gone
12. Beautiful
13. Carson City
14. Laughter, Love, And Life
15. The Work of Living

To be without you

To be without you

1. Ride Your Dreams
2. Melancholy Eyes
3. To Be Without You
4. Oregon By the Sea
5. Disneyland Dad
6. So in Love
7. Naked Love
8. Three Hearts
9. To Dance With You
10. Angora

Big Air

Big Air - Darin Talbot

1. Tweeker Shred Master
2. Big Air
3. Ski Bum
4. Boarder Girl
5. Heaven’s Pie
6. Snow Day
7. Loaded, Lazy, Leisure Life
8. Perfect Tahoe Day
9. Tahoe Castaway
10. Einstein
11. Old Friend

Tahoe Backcountry

Tahoe Backcountry

1. Tahoe Backcountry
2. Lazy Days in Tahoe
3. Old School Rider
4. The Bloody Mary Song
5. Dusk Upon the Lake (tahoe Child)
6. Tail Grab
7. For a Drive
8. The Finest Drunken Soldiers
9. Leaving Hawaii
10. Song For You
11. Tweeker Shred Master (live)

Music Flight

1. Tweeker Shred Master
2. Music Flight
3. Living Out A Dream
4. Lady Stranger
5. The Chance To Make You Mine
6. Let Chya Go
7. The Power Of You
8. On The Banks Of Frenchmen Creek
9. All That Once Was Love
10. Florence Far Away
11. Today Isn’t The Day For Writing A Song

Around Tahoe

Around Tahoe
Around Tahoe


Darin has played for the biggest clients imaginable. Here is a short list of satisfied clients.

Corporate clients: (short list)

• Nike
• San Francisco 49er’s
• Microsoft
• Target
• Walmart
• NFL Hall of Fame
• Google
• Wells Fargo Bank
• United Airlines
• Harley Davidson
• Budweiser
• State Farm Insurance

“Darin is very talented and completely professional. He knows what he is doing. We have used him a number of times and he always delivers”
– Cici Baker, Google Event Coordinate –

Hotels played for:

• Ritz Carlton
• Marriott
• Hyatt Regency
• Destination Resorts
• Embassy Suites
• Harrah’s
• Hilton
• Harvey’s


Costa Rican Resort played:

• Four Seasons Resort
• JW Marriot, Guanacaste
• The Springs Resort & Spa, Arenal
• Barcelo Resort, Tamarindo
• The Tamarindo Diria
• Cal Luna Resort, Tamarindo

Other locations played:

• Playboy Mansion, Los Angeles (opening for Brian Setzer Orchestra)

• Marysville, California (opening for the Beach Boy’s) 12,000 people

• Tahoe Summit – Darin performed for US Senators John Ensign, US Senator Harry Reid, US Senator Diane Finstein, and Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons.



• Arts and Culture Award for Costa Rica
Streamsearch.com Internet Film & Music Festival – WINNER! – Best new song!
Far West 2010 Warren Miller Award – WINNER! – Best new artist!
• Best Local Musician 2001 (Lake Tahoe)
• Best Local Musician 2002 (Lake Tahoe)


Darin Talbot has performed 270 successful weddings. What makes Darin unique is that he can sing and DJ for one price. He can handle the entertainment for ceremony and reception plus all the formalities. He is a skilled M/C and has multiple systems to handle any logistical situation.

Darin truly wow’s guests with his performance. He is both an excellent guitar player and singer as well as a very skilled Disc Jockey. He is our preferred vendor”
– Danielle Loberg, Aramark Parks & Destinations, Fortune 500 Company

“Darin, you made our wedding better than we ever imagined. You are such a pro”
– John & Laura Gunderson, Los Angeles

Storyteller / Tour Guide

Darin is a seasoned storyteller and tour guide with over 500 successful gigs under his belt. He can learn any story and he is a very strong writer (please listen to Around Tahoe)

Tour Guide Boat Business

Darin has successfully performed his show on the MS Dixie II, the most popular cruise boat on Lake Tahoe, for 6 years now. He performs a live show filled with music, storytelling, and tour guiding 5 days during the summer months of June, July, and August. Darin has also performed dozens of times successfully aboard the Tahoe Queen, Tahoe Paradise, Tahoe Princess, and the Sierra Cloud.

People are talking about Darin

“The next James Taylor”
– Jay Abdo, NBC TV Reno

“A new legend in the making”
– Dr. Demento, Nationally syndicated Radio Host

“The Jimmy Buffett for the next generation”
– Sam Folio, American Federation of Musicians, Editor & Treasury

“You will be amazed at how he can do this. He is unbelievable!”
– Shawn O’Hare, Reno, NV

“Talbot is able to weave random ideas into songs that leave the audience somewhere between tapping their toes and laughing their heads off.”
– The Tahoe Weekly

“Darin takes audience interaction to a whole new place. Amazing!”
– Max Volume, DJ KOZZ 105.7

“Darin Talbot IS Mr. Tahoe. My wife and I planned our wedding at The Beautiful Thunderbird Lodge on Lake Tahoe at the end of September. Our wedding planner, who has done hundreds of weddings around Tahoe, highly recommended Darin because she had seen him play at other weddings. I called Darin, met with him over coffee one day and hammered out details about our wedding. He was very professional yet very pleasant and approachable. In order to get to know my wife and myself and our musical tastes he had us fill out a questionnaire.

Our plan was for him to play guitar and sing for the beginning of the event and then DJ the dancing…the plan went over like gangbusters. Our guests LOVED his interaction and his repertoire of acoustic songs. Our guests repeatedly came up to us and said how much they loved his guitar playing and his voice. With his wireless mic and acoustic guitar, he mingled amongst the crowd, singing songs, joking with our guests, and telling fun and interesting stories about Lake Tahoe. He really is a great showman and we would highly recommend him for any occasion.”
– Dr. and Mrs. Floyd

“Darin Talbot—WOW! Not only is he easy to work with and accommodating but, simply said, a true musician. He added color and life to our wedding at the Thunderbird Lodge with live acoustic guitar, storytelling and DJing. One stop shop! Truly a unique performer. Thanks for everything!”
– Sara

Air Tahoe Records

Contact Darin Talbot at 775.881.8366 or talbot.darin@gmail.com