Over the years, Jon Shain has developed and refined his own contemporary version of the Piedmont Blues, a bouncy, energetic style that developed in Shain's adopted hometown of Durham, NC and elsewhere around the region. "I'd done several albums in a row that really sound like my live group: heavy on the harmonica, heavy on the dobro, and with a sound that is identifiably folk-blues," Shain says. "I knew I wanted to do something different this time." Jon grew up in Haverhill, Massachusetts, a Merrimack River mill-town that had already seen its better days by the time he was a child in the 1970s. His family's business was a small textile dyeing company, and he worked in the factory during the summers throughout his teens. At the same time, Shain began to discover his love of American roots music and songwriting, specifically drawn to the narratives about regular people and themes of social justice. Bridge & Davies Maybe it was predestined. Two singer/songwriters, both influenced by the 70's music of icons such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, James Taylor and Warren Zevon wander into each other at a Boston Area open mic. After a few years of honing their craft, they both release individual CD's of original music on the same day. "The rest is history", says Marc Bridge, "I found myself out performing solo and wishing I could have Perry's vocal backing on my songs, they just felt empty without it". Says Perry:"It didn't take long for us to look at each other and say, why don't we just do this as a duo?" Now you can find Perry and Marc performing as Bridge & Davies throughout the New England coffee house, restaurant and arts center circuit. Their music pulls from a variety of genres but leans in the direction of Folk, Americana, Blue Grass, Country and Rock. Between them, they play acoustic and electric guitars, piano, banj-uke, mandolin, harmonica, percussion and kazoo, although not usually all at the same time. They have each received glowing reviews of their individual CD's, American dReam and Sweet Ride, which are both available for download or purchase at a variety of online distributors, notably CDBaby, Rhapsody and ITunes, and have just released their first Bridge&Davies Live CD: a 9-song recording from a recent house concert. B&D are currently in the studio working on their first official recording, so stay tuned for updates(pun intended)! Please check out their website and give them a listen: http://www.bridgeanddavies.com
The Rhode Island Songwriters Association (RISA)'s mission is to establish a songwriting community to not only nurture Rhode Island and Southeastern New England songwriters, but showcase their many talents as writers, musicians and performers. Our showcase features RISA musicians as well as the occasional visiting touring musician. The third round of the evening will be a new song produced by each of us on a theme chosen by the previous show's audience. Tonight's line-up: Matt Borrello, Jan Luby, Perry Desmond-Davies, and host Beth DeSombre Song Prompt: Old Shoe
It's been a while since I've played at the Armory, and I'm honored to be back on that adorable cafe stage. Come join us for this fun and intimate show, part of the Somerville Songwriter Sessions.
I am excited to play in this renowned venue. A big beautiful barn (heated, I am guessing). I will be sharing the stage with 3 other Maine songwriters: Jenny Lou Drew, Perry Desmond-Davies, and Peter Alexander. There is a potluck dinner at 6:30 and the music starts at 7:30. Two of us will take turns playing for about 40 minutes, and then the next two will do the same. Thank you to the MSA and to David Whittlesey.
Sounds Like: Bonnie Raitt, Joni Mitchell, Phoebe Snow, k.d. lang, Eva Cassidy
Label: Pea Tunes Ltd(ASCAP)
Bio: "Perry Desmond-Davies' voice is unadulterated and pure, cut from the same working class cloth as artists such as Pete Seeger,Tom Waits,even a bit of early Janis Joplin.She plays working class hero on Sweet Ride,drawing joy and pain of small victories and subtle defeats out into the open in song."...See Full Bio
“There are few people I know that have a voice that can hush the loudest room and the songs to back it up. Perry Desmond-Davies is one of those talents. She's one of my favorite people to see on stage live, and you'd do yourself a favor to check her out too." ”