Matthew Davidson  News

Oct. 13, 2011



Wow! That's the best way to describe the upcoming FREE concert at the Strand Theatre this Sunday afternoon presented by The Louisiana Hayride Foundation. Here's what's cookin'! - "The Louisiana Hayride Celebrates Hank Williams" will be held on Sunday, Oct. 16 from 2-5 PM. 



FREE Sunday Afternoon Concert   

October 16, 2: PM to 5: PM  -  Strand Theatre - Shreveport

Featuring Hank's Family, Friends, Actors and Musicians from the Hayride

and the new movie, a story of Hank Williams, "The LAST RIDE".


Hank Williams became the first big star of Shreveport's world famous "Louisiana Hayride" stage & radio show. Hank & Audrey moved to Shreveport in 1948 from Montgomery and Hank, Jr. was born here May 26, 1949. A mighty claim can be made that the combination of "HANK & the HAYRIDE" were a combustion of energy that became the genesis of a music revolution. Hank's blend of roots country & blues music forged a style emanating from the Louisiana Hayride that literally changed the world. He opened the pathway at the Hayride for acceptance of the phenomenal sounds of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Johnny Horton & countless artists & amazing legendary musicians who began there. (An amazing coincidental fact: Sunday, October 16, 2011 is exactly 57 years to the date that Elvis Presley made his debut on the Louisiana Hayride, October16,1954.)


Hank Williams found a home at the Louisiana Hayride where he transformed from obscurity to global acclaim. His records became classic hits with vast audiences from his dynamic performances on the Hayride stage that were broadcast LIVE over 50,000 watt radio KWKH. Over sixty years later these same recordings still play across global airwaves everyday, and Hank is still honored as the greatest country music artist in the world. Hank Williams was a member of the Louisiana Hayride when he died and owners Maggie & Alton Warwick proclaim, "he will always be." He still holds the Louisiana Hayride record for encores for his performances of "LOVE SICK BLUES." He could actually throw his hat out on the stage and encore, a fact substantiated by many witnesses. 


The Louisiana Hayride is now extremely honored to bring together current events that celebrate the greatness of Hank Williams. In collaboration with Harry Thomason, Director, and Tim Jackson, Executive Producer of the new movie release, a story of Hank Williams, "THE LAST RIDE", the non profit Louisiana Hayride Foundation will present a FREE Sunday afternoon Louisiana Hayride concert of Hank Williams music, October 16, 2:pm to 5:pm at the Strand Theatre in Shreveport. Performers are Hank's daughter JETT WILLIAMS, the COX FAMILY, and a host of musicians and singers with THE LOUISIANA HAYRIDE BAND.   Jett Williams was a big hit at her last appearance on the Louisiana Hayride & many of the Williams' family fans are looking forward to her performance of her Dad's songs. The Grammy winning group from Cotton Valley, the COX FAMILY, who appeared in the movie, "O Brother Where Art Thou", and also perform and write songs with Alison Krause, will sing their famous harmony on some of Hank's gospel songs. Other popular musicians & entertainers will include famous bass player Joe Osborn, along with Kenny Bill Stinson, Buddy Flett, Ted Jones, Matthew Davidson, Ben Franks, Bill Boles, Jeremy Parsons, Maggie Lewis Warwick, Miki Honeycutt, Robin Beach Black, Monty Russell, Charlie Barrett, Kent Gill, Al Harris Billy J. Morris, Amelia Blake, Paula O'Neal, Dan Garner, & many more.


Other exciting guests from the Hank Williams movie, "THE LAST RIDE" will be appearing. Young heart throb Jesse James, who plays the 17 year old driver of Hank's Cadillac, as they attempt the long journey through ice & snow that ill fated New Years eve night trying to get Hank to Canton, Ohio, January 1, 1953. Everyone will remember Henry Thomas, who plays Hank from his role as the lovable young boy in ET. Bill and Gloria Gaither's son, Benjy Gaither is Producer and Music Director of the film. Tony Ramey who co-wrote & recorded the theme song, "The Last Ride" with Benjy, will perform the theme as a duet and join in the Louisiana Hayride concert . Producers of the movie will also be here.


"The LAST RIDE" movie opens in Shreveport October 21, at Cinemark Tinseltown 17. On line tickets are available now. Producers of the movie are donating 10% of all ticket sold on line, which will be donated by the Louisiana Hayride Foundation to two local charities, The Providence House & The Rescue Mission.


Ken Shepherd and Maggie Warwick will co-host the Hayride concert & will feature special interviews with Hank's old friends from the Louisiana Hayride such as Felton Pruitt, Bob Sullivan, Sonny Harville, Frank Page, Norm Bale, Stan Lewis, George Dement & Tillman Franks' family.  We are seeking to locate others. Media interviews with entertainers, musicians, actors, producers are being scheduled.  Please feel to call for further information.

A non-profit event - FREE ADMISSION - EVERYONE WELCOME! No ticket required.



Louisiana Hayride Companies

Maggie Warwick-318-868-9444

Alton Warwick- 318-227-9110

Cell: 318-560-1903-



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Friends of the Louisiana Hayride


"This concert represents the new beginning of the Louisiana Hayride." Future plans for The Louisiana Hayride will be announced at a press conference preceding the show. Now is the perfect time to get involved and stay informed. Please "like" the new "Friends of the Louisiana Hayride" Facebook page and share it with your friends! 




King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR 

Greg Walton, Kyle McClanahan and Matthew Davidson


Matthew and Greg with Steve Cropper. Where's Kyle?!
It's All About the Food!



Matthew will be headlining the "50's Rock and Roll Show" at the Gladewater Opry in Gladewater, TX on Sat., Oct. 22 at 8 PM. Tickets are $10. He'll take you back to a time where he's never been! More details to come... 

Christus Pediatric Associates Open House 


MDB T-shirts! 

Joe Osborn and Matthew

Our band T-shirts can be purchased at our gigs or can be ordered online at (Click "Merchandise").  


About Matthew Davidson -  


"Matthew is our youngest member to date, but don't let his age fool you. He is an extremely talented and dedicated young man with a passion for music and performance"."       ~John Howe, President of American Federation of Music Local 116  


"We last saw Matthew Davidson at this year's International Blues Challenge. Matthew was participating in the youth showcase, and was blowing the crowds away. The Shreveport, Louisiana native has been popping up at shows, events, and festivals all over the map lately, and has nowhere to go but upwards as he continues his blues musical odyssey."    ~Matt Marshall, reporter for American Blues Scene       

For booking contact:
Ella Davidson (318) 286-4636
In This Issue
Louisiana Hayride
Bistro Byronz
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Gladewater Opry
Pediatrics Open House
MDB T-shirts
The Last Ride
King Biscuit Blues Festival
Lunch on the Lawn
Takin' It To The Streets
Run with the Nuns
Tunes and Ten Pins
State Fair of Louisiana
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"The Last Ride" - Fri. Oct. 21

"Inspired by the mysterious final days of Hank Williams' mercurial life, THE LAST RIDE is the story of that fateful road trip at the end of 1952." 

 "The Last Ride" opens in selected cities on Friday, Oct. 21. Click HERE for tickets to the showings at Cinemark Tinseltown in Shreveport. 

King Biscuit Blues Festival 

Matthew Davidson 

Kyle McClanahan

Lunch on the Lawn returns! 


Photo by Mollie Corbett

The Lunch on the Lawn concert series returns for October and November! Enjoy live music on the lawn of the Texas Street Courthouse. Tables and chairs are already set up for you! You can buy lunch from vendors set up nearby or bring your own. Kids and families welcome! Matthew Davidson and Friends will be performing on Friday, Oct. 21 from Noon - 1 PM. This is a school holiday in Caddo Parish, so instead of the school cafeteria, join Matthew for Lunch on the Lawn!


Here's the complete lineup:

Oct. 14th- Everett Street Jazz
Oct. 21st- Matthew Davidson & Friends
Oct. 28th-Airheart
Nov. 4th-Bill Bush Combo
Nov. 11th-Twang Darkly
Nov. 18th-Howling Henry & The Harptones  

Takin' it to the Streets

Thurs., Oct. 20 - 5:30-8:00 pm


Click HERE for more info. 


Run With The Nuns moves to Downtown Shreveport - Sat., Oct. 22

We're looking forward to returning to Run with The Nuns on Sat., Oct. 22. Earshot Graffiti will be performing at 11:30 AM followed by The Matthew Davidson Band at 12:30 PM. Click the poster below for the detailed schedule of events.


Tunes and Ten Pins at Holiday Lanes

The Matthew Davidson Band will be performing at Holiday Lanes on Friday, Oct. 28 from 9-11 PM. Click HERE for their complete live entertainment schedule.

State Fair of Louisiana

The Matthew Davidson Band will be returning to the State Fair of Louisiana on Friday, Nov. 11 from 6:00 - 6:45 PM. They will be followed by Dragstrip Phantoms and Blue Oyster Cult! Concerts are free with fair admission.


Click HERE for the fair's complete live entertainment schedule.