Davis and his highly acclaimed band will appear at Carroll Green Civic Center on Saturday, July 24 at 6 p.m. Tickets for the event are $8. Children under 12 free. For more information, call (903) 852-6588. Sonja Barber Band will also perform.
Often called America's music, the sounds of bluegrass are as much a part of the fabric of the American experience as “The Andy Griffith Show” and the Super Bowl.
Davis fondly recalls watching some of the first generation of bluegrass stars on television while growing up, but what is amazing about his personal experience, is that he also watched members of the first generation of Bluegrass playing live in his own living room in his native Alabama.
He is a bluegrass prodigy, coming from a musical family that included his father and siblings including his Uncle Cleo Davis, who was Bill Monroe's very first Blue Grass Boy. Cleo added his talents when the Father of Bluegrass made his musical debut on the Grand Ole Opry.
His family heritage gave David a strong respect for Monroe and how he created a musical place for himself in the world.
“That was my desire as well,” he said. “I wanted to pull from my influences from the Louvin Brothers to Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, to honor their contributions but at the same time forge a path and sound for myself in the country music industry where many artists simply mimic whatever seems to be popular at the moment.
“Bluegrass is more than just the music that country folks like,” he said. “Millions of people, from all backgrounds in countries around the world still tap their toes when they hear Flatt and Scruggs, they are still moved by the high lonesome sound of Bill Monroe or the haunting voice of Ralph Stanley.”
While these are the heroes of performers like David, today twenty-somethings are pointing to a new crop of bluegrass music stars, which are setting the pace for the future of the genre. Now, David is one of those stars, drawing rave reviews for his recordings and faithful crowds turning out for concerts.
Sing Out described him as “An excellent instrumentalist in the Monroe style of mandolin, Davis is also among the most emotive, capable, and under appreciated singers in bluegrass.
“I have been richly blessed to work with those legends that I admired and stand side by side with contemporaries like Alison Krauss, James King, Mike Compton who have carved their place in our genre,” he said.
Bluegrass Unlimited said that the Rebel recording artist latest CD is “Troubled Times” carried a “…hard-charging energy that make it stand out from the pack.”
His new release for 2009 is “Two Dimes and a Nickel.”
“We have some tremendous new material on the CD and I am really proud of all our band for the creativity they brought in furthering my vision for the project,” he said. “I am honored to travel the roads with them. They are true professionals.”
Among the Warrior River Boys are Marty Hays playing bass, Owen Saunders playing fiddle, Robert Montgomery on banjo and Brad Folk on guitar.
For more information about the group, visit www.daviddavisandwrb.com. For more information about Rebel Records, visit www.rebelrecords.com.