to compete internationally
will perform songs
from his album Doin Well
(November 2011) Madison, Ind., musician Jimmy
Davis is on his way to Memphis, Tenn., in February to compete in an
international music competition. He earned the chance to compete by
winning a regional contest in August in Louisville, Ky.
Davis competed in the Kentuckiana Blues Societys annual blues
regional competition at the Zeppelin Café in Louisville and won.
He will now advance to the International Blues Competition, to be held
he has played more
than 200 shows in
his music career.
Playing music has always given me everything Ive
needed freedom, expression and joy. It has provided for
my family and has given me a good life full of experiences, says
Davis, 34. It really is an incredible gift and as I have grown,
Ive learned to never lose sight of how blessed I am.
Davis has made it to International Blues Competition semifinals for
best self-produced blues album and has been invited to play his music
on WFPK FM radio station on Nov. 12. The show, Kentucky Homefront,
is scheduled for 7 p.m.
Davis greatest achievement thus far in music is making it to the
International Blues Competition, he says. He will be representing the
Kentuckiana Blues Society and will be competing in the solo-duo act.
Davis will also be competing in the Internationals Song Writers competition
in mid-February in Nashville, Tenn. For this particular competition,
Davis has chosen to perform two songs from his previous album, Doin
Davis said he is proud to be playing his own music, and if he is lucky
enough to win, it would be a great accomplishment. The next step following
the international competition is to play in three of the biggest blues
festivals and also be on Sirius radio, which is broadcast all around
The Kentuckiana Blues Society has been a huge supporter, and they
have really helped me get where I need to go, he said. I
have been trying to get to the international level for a while; its
all about being relaxed and being me.
Davis has been playing guitar for almost 30 years, making it a routine
to play four or five nights a week. He has played at least 200 shows.
In October 2010, Davis released his CD, Doin Well,
and performed at Madisons Ohio Theatre, along with several other
area musicians. During the event, the public paid for their admission,
watched the performances and received a free CD.
Professional videographer Curt Edwards said, Jimmys music
has a sense of originality and freshness. His music is real, and if
you listen to his lyrics, youll understand what I mean.
Edwards created the DVD for Davis show at the Ohio Theatre.
On Nov. 25, the Jimmy Davis Band will be releasing its newest CD, Songs
for Mr. Bradford, at the Ohio Theatre. Advanced tickets are $15
or $18 at the door. Audience members will also receive a free CD. In
addition to the Jimmy Davis Band, the other two acts include Bad Reeds
and The Will.
I am a huge fan. I really believe in the kid, says Edwards.
Hes an old soul in a young body.
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