If “Doug Davis” is not a familiar name to you, it’s likely that you’ve run across his music at some point. As a producer, he’s worked with a long list of independent and up-and-coming New York and North Carolina artists and bands. As a composer and songwriter, he’s had music placed on literally hundreds of television shows, from “Dateline” and “The Voice” right on down to “16 and Pregnant.” As a bandleader and member of working regional bands including the Plaids and the Vagabond Saints’ Society, he plays 100+ nights of the year on the road. But as a solo artist, he’s been keeping a considerably lower profile. That’s about to change.
In 2013, Doug will be following his debut solo release with a series of four self-produced EPs, beginning with “A Pageant of Gold.” A collection of six carefully-crafted songs that speak of lost love and betrayal, promises unkept, and the joy of new love, “A Pageant of Gold” covers ground from folk-rock, American roots music, 70’s-era British blooze-rock, to classic power-pop, all developed and performed by some of the finest veteran musicians in the Triad area of Winston-Salem, known collectively as the Solid Citizens.
“Of all the many hats I wear, this music represents where my heart is,” Davis says, “and it draws from everything that I do. I see a lot of guys in supporting roles in music—in the studio, playing the clubs in cover bands and wedding bands—dreading what they do, biding time, collecting paychecks. But as someone that values the craft of songwriting and storytelling above all else, well, there’s a story to be heard and something to be learned everywhere. The music we’re making now is the best I’ve ever been involved with, and for me, it’s a culmination of all the lessons I’ve learned: from bar bands, how to connect emotionally with the listener and keep their attention; from film and TV work, how to paint a visual picture with music; and from years of studio work, how to put it all together in a striking sonic palette.”