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David Davis, Warrior River Boys coming to Eva

Published 8:46pm Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Bluegrass music star David Davis and his Warrior River Boys will bring their earthy roots stylings to Eva Frontier Days.

Davis and his highly acclaimed band will appear at Eva Frontier Days, doing two shows on Saturday, Sept. 29, between 12:30 and 2 p.m. Admission for the performances is free.

The tapestry of American music, much like the artistry of a patchwork quilt, encompasses a variety of styles of material, the creativity of the maker, and the pattern upon which each offering is based.

Much like a main thread that weaves itself through a great work of fabric, for more that a quarter century, David Davis, has sewn a musical path that carries his traditional style of bluegrass music to audiences around the world.

From his earliest Rounder recordings to his most recent releases on Rebel, critical acclaim and audience support have solidified his place in the history of a genre which gave the world Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss and others.

Millions of fans have seen him in person at concerts and festivals and millions more on television on RFD-TV and radio.

A love of music born in the family farmhouse near Cullman, Ala. listening to the sounds created by his father and his siblings including Cleo Davis, Bill Monroe’s first Blue Grass Boy, set David’s eyes on a pattern that have encouraged his creative energies for decades.

Among his desires were to harness the traditional energies of the past and charge through to a new sound and new look that would appeal to larger audiences, 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,” 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.”

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.”

Davis is now one of the stars looked to by bluegrass fans of all ages, to bring a new pattern of design to the music, while not straying too far from the seams already sewn by his predecessors.

“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. “I work with the same goals to take our music and introduce to new audiences and those who could become a lifelong fan of bluegrass.”

Bluegrass Unlimited said his music has a “…hard-charging energy that make it stand out from the pack.”

Among the Warrior River Boys are Marty Hays playing bass, Robert Montgomery on banjo, Stan Wilemon on guitar and Ben Sanders on fiddle.

For more information about the group, visit www.daviddavisandwrb.com. For more information about Rebel Records, visit www.rebelrecords.com.

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