Matthew Davidson News                                                                                                                                  Jan.  10,  2012


Greetings!  

 

The Matthew Davidson Band is looking forward to performing this Saturday, Jan. 14th at Music City Texas Theater in Linden, TX:

 

  

Award-Winning Louisiana Blues Artists
Jonathon "Boogie" Long and Matthew Davidson
Saturday January 14, 2012
Linden, TX  
Jonathon "Boogie" Long and The Blues Revolution with bassist Zack Matchett and drummer Chad Solomon hail from Baton Rouge. Jonathon has played on the Louisiana Legends Tour, at Jazzfest in New Orleans and shared the stage with artists such as Dr.John, Big Luther Kent and Steve Howard of the Blues Brothers Band. In 2011 Jonathon won The Guitar Center "King of the Blues" guitar competition for #1 Unsigned Blues Guitarist in America. Jonathon's new EP "The Pete Anderson Sessions" showcases his powerhouse guitar playing and smooth vocals.

Shreveport's 13 year-old Matthew Davidson is the newly-crowned winner of the 2011 Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award competition. Matthew has performed at The King Biscuit Blues Festival, The Strand Theatre, The State Fair of Louisiana, House of Blues Dallas, and The T-Bone Walker Blues Fest in Linden. Matthew will be performing along with bassist Chris Campisi, drummer Kyle McClanahan, and keyboardist Greg Walton at both the 2012 New Orleans Jazz Fest and the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest.

Showtime is 6 pm and the doors will open at 5pm. General Admission tickets are $15

 

      

Hope you will keep reading this newsletter for updates to our schedule.
More details next week on a national award that Matthew just won! We appreciate your support!

"Award winners headline Music City Texas Theatre Blues Night" 

 

It's hard to be blue when tested talents such as Jonathon "Boogie" Long and Matthew Davidson take the stage.

Linden's Music City Texas Theatre presents the pair as part of a prodigious package at Blues Night.

In 2011, Long won The Guitar Center "King of the Blues" finals in Hollywood to a sold-out crowd guitar competition for No. 1 Unsigned Blues Guitarist in America.

"It's been one awesome trip," said the 23-year-old singer/songwriter, who kept up with the interview despite awakening to the sound of a telephone rather than the alarm clock. "I know it's cliché, but it's been a wild ride."

The ride started when he got his first guitar as a kindergartener.

"It wasn't real good. My dad got me a real one when I was about 9, then I started taking lessons," he said.

A year or so later, Long said he got his first gig, when a friend and fellow musician Dixie Rose "snatched me up and started singing with her."

By the time he was 13 he was "jamming in clubs every Sunday. That was my real world, where I found myself."

Long would not say he had no regrets about his abrupt departure from high school at the young age of 14, but he did say "I'd do it all again. I mean, yeah, there are times I wish I had been able to sit through the next years, but, (the music) clicked. I knew touring was right for me, so I quit."

Although his parents initially did not support his decision, "They did support me," he said. "They stuck by me."

In 2011 Long tried out for, and eventually won, the title of "King of the Blues" on the reality show "The Guitar Center."

"The finals were held in Hollywood. Talk about a trip. It was wild, man, there ain't a better way to put it than just wild," he said. "What a rush, you know."

The attention, however, has not led to a deal with a label, which he admits is his heart's desire.

"But, it has brought a lot of attention, and a lot of gigs, like Music City. That's exciting, you know. I can't wait to see Music City and I can't wait for Texas to see me. It'll be a legend," he said.

Long and The Blues Revolution with bassist Zack Matchett and drummer Chad Solomon hail from Baton Rouge. Long has played on the Louisiana Legends Tour, at Jazz Fest in New Orleans and shared the stage with artists such as Dr. John, Big Luther Kent and Steve Howard of the Blues Brothers Band.

He said he is looking forward to seeing the 13-year-old prodigy Matthew Davidson.

"I've seen him on the Internet, so I've heard him, but I haven't seen him live, haven't experienced his music - cause you know that's what it is to be there live, experiencing it.

"And he's good. Really good. I love being on stage, but I really, really enjoy experiencing a true talent. So, that'll be cool," he said.

The eighth grader at Caddo Middle Magnet School in Shreveport was surprised to hear Long sing his praises.

"I'm really looking forward to his performance, too," Matthew said. "I'm a fan."

A month from his 14th birthday, Matthew admits he is "an upbeat guy who really hasn't had any grief or tragedy or heartbreak," but says singing the blues doesn't necessarily mean experiencing it. "It's a little bit of acting, you know, being a performer."

Like Long, Matthew started playing the guitar at about the age of 6.

"In 2010 I got serious and wanted to put together a band," he said. "We practice a lot because I love it ... My life is pretty much school, homework, practicing and gigs."

Matthew was recently surprised to learn that he won the 2011 Robert Johnson New Generation award, which is presented annually by the Robert Johnson Foundation to a talented young guitarist who helps to preserve blues music.

"I didn't know my mom had entered me," he said sheepishly.

Ella Davidson said she and her husband Alan try to instill in Matthew and his twin sister Sarah a sense of gratitude for their talents.

"His faith reminds him that it all comes from God," she wrote in an email. Matthew is the bandleader for his church's youth band.

  
     
About Matthew Davidson -  
 
"Even though the list of blues-related deaths is long for 2011, all across the country kids and young adults are getting into the Blues. Matthew Davidson is wowing audiences across the south and he is only in his mid-teens." ~ American Blues News, Dec. 2011 

 

"Matthew began performing professionally in 2010 and has already achieved an immense amount of recognition, support and admiration."         ~International Musician Magazine, Sept. 2011

 


Photo by David Westerfield

     

For booking contact:
Ella Davidson (318) 286-4636
ella@matthewdavidson.net
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2012 Shows
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2012 Shows:

Sat., Jan. 14 - Music City Texas - Linden, TX - 6-6:45 pm

 

Thurs., Feb. 9 - "Artport" - Shreveport Regional Airport - 6-9 PM

 

Thurs., April 12 - Holiday in Dixie Fun Run - Clyde Fant Parkway - 5:30 

 

Sat., April 21- Holiday in Dixie - 6-7:30 PM

 

Sat., May 5 - New Orleans Jazzfest - 5:15 - 6 PM

 

Fri., June 22 - T-Bone Walker Blues Fest - Linden, TX - 7:30 - 8:30


The Matthew Davidson Band
Kyle McClanahan
Greg Walton
Chris Campisi



Location:Shreveport Regional Airport
Opening Night: Thursday, February 9
Time: 6-9pm
Entertainment by: Matthew Davidson Band
Silent Auction of Artist and Celebrity Tiles: Benefit The Betty and Leonard Phillips Deaf Action Center
*Hors d'oevres and Cash Bar * Free Parking * Official "Dare to be paired" T-shirts and commemorative catalogs for sale
 
For more details, visit www.artportshreveport.com