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CD Release Party

Madison band set to release
new CD at Ohio Theater event

Blues, country themed
collection appeals to many

By Lela Bradshaw
Contributing Writer

(October 2010) – Ten years ago musician Brook Reindollar returned home to Madison, Ind., after spending more than a decade playing professionally in Cincinnati. Back in town he was soon busy catching up on the local music scene and started to meet some of the area musicians.

Jimmy Davis

Photo by Lela Bradshaw

Jimmy Davis has wowed audiences
for many years and is about to
release another CD.

“And here’s this young guy who’s really saying something special with his guitar playing,” he recalls.
That “young guy” was Jimmy Davis, who continues to capture the attention of area music lovers throughout Indiana and Kentucky. Recently, the Jimmy Davis Band took a short break from its busy performance schedule to record their latest CD, “Doin’ Well.” Davis explains that the studio experience required the normally live band to approach the songs with a new mindset. “The recording process is a lot different because you don’t have that energy coming back from a live crowd. You don’t have that spontaneity.”
On Oct. 2, the Jimmy Davis Band will present the release event for its newest CD, “Doin’ Well.” Advance tickets are $15 and include a copy of the blues and county influenced collection. Doors open at 7 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre in downtown Madison, and a variety of area musicians will perform. In addition to the Jimmy Davis Band, the lineup includes the Corn Creek Pickers, Greg Ziesemer and Kriss Luckett, Andrea Davidson, and the Slick River Rockets with Brook Reindollar. On Oct. 8, Davis also has a solo show scheduled from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the Broadway Hotel & Tavern in Madison.
The recording of “Doin’ Well” proved to be a remarkable experience for the group made up of Kerry Mefford, drums, Scott Caudill, bass, Chuck Mingus, guitar, and Davis on guitar and vocals. While the band had previously put together two locally recorded CDs, its current release was recorded at Sony Studios in Nashville, Tenn. Davis describes recording the CD saying, “It was unbelievable. I set an impossible goal and we reached it.”
Things came together perfectly and the group was able to get the 13 songs of the collection recorded in one weekend. “We were very fortunate to get it done in that amount of time” notes Davis. “We met some neat people in the process.”
Davis, 33, believes that this CD reflects his growth as a composer and lyricist. “Before, I felt like I came up with music and then I put words to it. For this one, I wrote songs,” he says.
His friend and business partner Reindollar also stresses the “quotable” and “clever” writing, saying,“He’s done some very interesting, innovative lyrics. He tells some very poignant stories in his lyrics.”
Davis believes the collection should capture a wide range of listeners, noting that it is “really an eclectic mix, a lot of different styles on there. It’s still got a heavy blues influence. If sold in a store it would probably be southern rock or country.”
Reindollar compares the CD to Davis’ previous work, saying,“He’s still a really good guitar player” but thinks that the songs on this collection have “branched from a blues idiom to a country idiom.” In his view, with this slightly new style comes a “different bag of tricks.”
When Davis isn’t performing with his band or writing music, he stays busy at his Madison store, Ghostnote Music, 2403 Wilson Ave. While offering a range of instruments for sale, “Teaching is the real focus of the store,” explains Davis. Lessons cater to all skill levels and are available on several instruments including guitar and violin.

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