in the Park
is big month for
local favorite, Jimmy Davis Band
plans to release his fifth album this fall
MADISON, Ind. (July 2011) Fans of the Jimmy Davis
Band are going to be happy in July.
The popular blues band will play two big concerts in Madison the first
two weekends of the month.
On Saturday, July 2, the band will play a Regatta Eve concert at the
Electric Lady, 202 E. Main St. Its one of the funnest gigs
of the year, said singer-songwriter Jimmy Davis, who has played
that venue on the night before Regatta eight or nine times. Its
courtesy of Scott Bate
will feature music
from new, unreleased
album as well as older, popular orginal works.
Then on Friday, July 8, the Jimmy Davis Band will be featured
at this years second Music in the Park concert at the Broadway
Fountain. Sponsored by Madison Ribberfest, the outdoor event will entertain
from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Music in the Park is presented
by the Madison Main Street Program as a way of enticing local residents
According to Davis, the band will preview some new music from their
fifth album, due to be released in the fall. Tracks for the unnamed
album were recorded during Christmas week 2010 at Sony Studios in Nashville,
Its the first one that Ive recorded that I can listen
to all the way through and nothing bothers me. Im very pleased
and Im anxious to see what people think about it, said Davis.
He received the master copy in the mail in June and expects to have
CDs available by the end of October. Davis wrote all the tunes on the
record except for one track, a cover of Robert Johnsons Kind
Hearted Woman Blues.
Davis is lead guitarist and vocalist on the album. He also plays some
harmonica. Kerry Mefford is the drummer, Scott Caudill the bass player,
and Curt Edwards sits in on acoustic guitar for some of the songs.
The July concert dates will also include quite of bit of music that
is familiar to local fans. Davis said his most requested number these
days is Sinking Low from the bands 2010 album, Doin
That album, which leaned towards rock instead of blues, was the subject
of a big release party Oct. 2 at the Ohio Theatre. In addition to the
Jimmy Davis Band, the lineup boasted the Corn Creek Pickers, Greg Ziesemer
and Kriss Luckett, Andrea Davidson, and the Slick River Rockets with
Id love to do something like that again. Theres more
than enough talent here in Madison, said Davis.
The new, unnamed album returns Davis to his genre of choice, blues.
Theres so many kinds of blues, he said. Less
than 1 percent of albums sold are blues, and its a shame. Thats
where rock and roll came from.
Blues fans are loyal but they present Davis a conundrum. Half
want to have something new, half want to hear something that sounds
like Muddy Waters forever, he said. So far, audiences have been
very receptive to his new songs.
In this area, Madison Ribberfest has helped expand the audience for
blues. Davis is all for it. He has big expectations for this years
festival, planned for Aug. 19-20. Ribberfests Saturday headliner
will be the legendary Buddy Guy, whom Davis calls the greatest
guitar player alive.
He adds, (Jimi) Hendrix said the same thing and so did (Eric)
Guy, 75, was ranked 30th in Rolling Stone magazines list of the
100 greatest guitarists of all time.
I think this is going to be the first Ribberfest thats really
going to pull people from anywhere. In the genre of blues, Buddy Guy
is as good as it gets, said Davis. I dont know what
theyre going to do next year!
Other concerts in this years Music in the Park series:
Friday, Aug. 12: This Old Guitar, Seymour, Ind., traditional
Friday, Sept. 9: Liams Fancy, Lexington, Ky., Irish, Celtic
flare and 60s folk.
Saturday, Sept. 24: The Doctors Band, Madison, sponsored by the
All concerts are held from 7-9 p.m. at the Broadway Fountain, just north
of Main Street on Broadway Street. There are free balloons and face
painting for children, and concessions are available.
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