Clinton Davis

Clinton Davis: Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar (acoustic), Mandolin, Piano, Vocals

Genre: Acoustic, Bluegrass & Roots, Country

RIYL: Flatt & Scruggs, Louden Wainright III, Arlo Guthrie, Cowboy Jack Johnson, Bastard Sons of Johnny Cash

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Synoposis

Influences: Dave Grisman, Leo Kottke, Johnny Cash, Flatt & Scruggs, Arlo Guthrie, Woody Guthrie, Peter Yarrow, Bob Dylan

Background:

Clinton Davis is a musician born and raised in Kentucky and currently living in San Diego. As a multi-instrumentalist, he plays American folk and popular music of the early 20th century: hillbilly, jug band, mountain ballads, cowboy ballads, and more.

He first heard acoustic folk-blues and such while at home. “The seeds were planted when I was a little kid. My dad played guitar. The blues were not his bag, but other guitar players around him were into it, that Travis-style of guitar playing. But it really came alive for me in college, when I was listening to old folk recordings. The music, I thought, was deeply beautiful. There was deep musicianship, and none of these people were professional.”

(Photo by Julia McMahon)

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