Reverbnation has a spot called "similar artists" I in no way compare myself to these I have listed, this is a difficult task to ask of some one. These are folks who I am influenced deeply by as so many of us are. For me to compare would be to suffer from a "messiah complex" So "LOL"!
Davis, was born in Columbus Ohio the year before JFK was assassinated, he was standing in his playpen watching as the motorcade passed into Dealey Plaza, this event has shaped his life and thinking.
He attended grade school in Knoxville as his mother worked two jobs, he was especially close to his grandfather who played ragtime on the piano and entertained the family with his accordion, his uncle was an accomplished flute player so it was natural that Davis should play flute too. Should be noted that great grand daddy made fiddles in Kentucky. Mother made him go to church and sing in the choir.
His mother remarried a JFK liberal from Boston who owned a Kay guitar that his mother had given him, it often collected dust, but it was his step daddy who showed him his first chords.
Davis moved around a lot due to his step daddy's job, but they all eventually settled in the Texas Piney woods along the San Jacinto basin where Davis played along its sandy banks, fishing and collecting arrowheads after the floods. Davis had a hard time in Texas though being he too was a JFK liberal that played the flute in the marching bands. Soon Davis was given to fighting and cussing as the Texas boys were tough and had been bred for linemen on the high school football team and rodeo. It wasn't long and Davis was sent to the Army because he came to like fighting, but it was in the moral support facilities that Davis could check out instruments and play in the sound proof boxes provided to be noisy in, he checked out Fender Strats, and Fender Twins and Jazz Basses, seemed the Army liked Fender stuff. Davis came to really like cheap six strings that would stay in tune as they would get broken or stolen over the course of his youth. Davis had trained to be a radio repairman and operator in the Army and it was there he became acquainted with vacuum tube radio sets and made the relationship with radios and music amps and the circuits in these sets which was familiar to him as he opened up his first mixer to repair for his band he was playing in and learning to jam with others. He played bass in several original acts then found he could work as a sound guy.
Sound guy he was!
He worked with many famous musicians, but this didn't bring him happiness,with some help from friends and now uses his engineering skills to record and compose his own music daily as he works his day job in the legal community.
On a side note
Thanks for providing this opportunity! The release is scheduled before next spring and I have hope of playing folklife 2014 and putting a night together featuring local singer songwriters. As a sound engineer I have worked with on a regular basis with Clinton Fearon, Brandi Carlile, and Mikey Dread who produced the the Clashes album "Sandinista", and "Eek a Mouse". I once traveled to England to see Mad professor at his house on an invite. I engineered albums for "Trolls Cottage", "Rick Miller". Held a house gig at The King Kat Theater a subordinate of Jazz Alley and highlighted with Herbie Hancock, Tito Puente, Taj Mahal and Henry Rollins to mention a few. Toured with singer song writer Wayne Carson who wrote "Always On My Mind" for Willy Nelson and "Walking After Midnight "for Patsy Cline. So having been exposed to so many great song writers on an intimate level on and off the stage, I took a break from sound and went back to my roots of being a musician and started penning my own tunes and playing most of the parts. Thanks, Davis