|Location: Rocklin, CA, USA|
|Description: After years on the road playing country with Marty Stuart, bluegrass with Earl Scruggs, newgrass with Sam Bush, and rock with Billy Bob Thornton, Brad Davis blends these styles and steps out front to prove that he can hold his own as a band leader.|
|Biography: Grammy award winning artist Brad Davis spent ten years (1992-2002) performing on stage as a member of Marty Stuart’s road band. For the past six years he has played lead acoustic guitar with Earl Scruggs and Friends, and for the past five years he has played lead electric and acoustic guitar with movie actor Billy Bob Thornton’s rock band. He spent two years (2003-2004) as the guitar player for the Sam Bush Band and also performed with John Jorgenson’s Gypsy jazz Quintet in 2005. He occasionally performs with an exciting new bluegrass band, calling themselves "Greenbroke," consisting of Brad Davis, John Cowan, John Moore, and Dennis Caplinger.
Brad has worked for, or recorded with, Willie Nelson, Emmy Lou Harris, Pam Tillis, The Forester Sisters, Tommy Shaw (Styx), David Lee Roth (Van Halen), Sheryl Crow, Sam Bush, Warren Zevon, and The Sweethearts of the Rodeo. He is currently the host of Commerce County Line, a singer/songwriter television program on the iTelevision network (see www.myccl.tv). Additionally, Brad has recorded two album projects featuring Billy Bob Thornton on Mercury Records and has toured both Europe and the United States as the lead guitar player for Billy Bob Thornton’s band. Brad's two solo recordings on FGM Records (http://www.fgmrecords.com/artists/davis.html) "I'm Not Gonna Let My Blues Bring Me Down", and "This World Ain't No Child Anymore" were both released to rave reviews. He also appears on an FGM concert DVD video release "Live in Kansas City" with Cody Kilby and Tim May.
A prolific songwriter Brad has had his songs recorded by various country and bluegrass artists, including country star Tim McGraw (“Ain’t No Angels”). He has played on Marty Stuart’s gold selling album "This Ones Gonna Hurt You", the Marty Stuart "Hit Pack", and Marty’s last MCA recording "The Pilgrim". He played on the soundtrack of Steven Seagal’s "Fire Down Below", and performed music for Billy Bob Thornton’s Miramax releases "Daddy And Them" and "Waking Up In Reno". He also recorded with Sheryl Crow, and others, on the Johnny Cash tribute album "Kindred Spirits", played guitar on Warren Zevon’s final Grammy-winning recording, "The Wind", and was on Sam Bush's Sugar Hill release "King of My World".
A talented guitar instructor and writer, Brad has been a columnist for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (http://www.flatpick.com/) since 1996 and is currently Takamine’s main guitar clinician, conducting dozens of music store clinics for Takamine each year (http://www.takamine.com/?fa=davisclinics). He has taught at Steve Kaufman’s Flatpick Camp, Nashcamp, Camp Bluegrass, the St. Louis Flatpick Weekend, the Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend, and more. He has also produced four instructional DVDs for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, "Flatpick Jam", Volumes 1, 2, & 3 and a book/DVD/CD course called "Flatpicking the Blues". Additionally, he has produced several instructional courses for Mel Bay Publications, including the "Blue Book of Speedpicking", and a series of instructional Ear Training Cds. For an extensive list of Brad’s instructional material, visit: http://flatpickingmercantile.com/Merchant2/merchant.mv?Screen=CTGY&Store_Code=fs31&Category_Code=Brad
For more information about Brad Davis, visit http://www.braddavismusic.com
What happens when you take a guy who has spent years standing on stage beside the top musicians in five different music genres and turn him loose to write and perform on his own? You get Brad Davis music! Brad Davis has played honky-tonk country with Marty Stuart, bluegrass with Earl Scruggs, newgrass with Sam Bush, acoustic rock with David Lee Roth and Tommy Shaw, and Gypsy jazz with John Jorgenson. Add to this mix the years he has spent in Billy Bob Thornton’s rock band (and his upbringing in Texas listening to ZZ Top and Stevie Ray Vaughn) and you’ve got a musical blend that is fresh, exciting, and well worth discovering. Take a listen and, like so many other before you, you will be telling your friends, “You have got to hear this guy!”