Devoted Musician

Local singer-songwriter Davis
to compete internationally

Davis will perform songs
from his album ‘Doin Well’

By Maddy Greves
Contributing Writer

(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 Society’s annual blues regional competition at the Zeppelin Café in Louisville and won. He will now advance to the International Blues Competition, to be held Feb. 1-5.

Jimmy Davis

Photo provided

Jimmy Davis says
he has played more
than 200 shows in
his music career.

“Playing music has always given me everything I’ve 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, I’ve 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’ Well.”
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 country.
“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; it’s 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 Madison’s 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, “Jimmy’s music has a sense of originality and freshness. His music is real, and if you listen to his lyrics, you’ll 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. “He’s an old soul in a young body.”

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