band set to release
new CD at Ohio Theater event
collection appeals to many
(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.
by Lela Bradshaw
Davis has wowed audiences
for many years and is about to
release another CD.
And heres this young guy whos 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 dont have that energy coming back
from a live crowd. You dont 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,Hes 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. Its 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,Hes
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 isnt 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
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