Matthew Davidson  News                                                                                                                                  Jan.  25,  2012


Greetings!  

 

Matthew Davidson was recently announced as the winner of the 2011 Robert Johnson Blues Foundation/Gibson Guitar New Generation Award. This award is presented annually by the Foundation to a young guitarist between the ages of 12 and 18 years old. As winner of the award, Matthew received a Robert Johnson Signature Gibson L-1 guitar and the opportunity to play at a future foundation event. Click HERE to read more on the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation website.

Robert Johnson Blues Foundation website

 

 

 "His style was advanced for his age," said Steven Johnson, Robert's grandson and vice president of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation. "It was crisp; it was professional. His style with that electric guitar was amazing. I know Matthew will be a great ambassador for the Foundation".                                                                                              The Shreveport Times - Jan. 4, 2012 

        

Gibson Guitar shared Matthew's news on 
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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

 

Photos by Johnny Seymour

     

For booking contact:
Ella Davidson (318) 286-4636
ella@matthewdavidson.net
American Blues Scene  - by Matt Marshall
      
The Shreveport Times - Jan. 5, 2012
 Photo by Matt Dodson
 
Teen guitarist and vocalist Matthew Davidson of Shreveport, LA has won the 2011 Robert Johnson New Generation Award.  Davidson, 13, said it is an honor to be chosen for the award. About 25 young musicians were considered.  "It's an award given out annually to guitarists 12 to 18 years old that helps young kids like myself keep interested in the blues and respect the blues," Davidson said.
 

Johnson was a blues singer and guitarist who recorded 29 songs between 1936 and 1937 for the American Record Corp. According to the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation website, in the decades after his death in 1938, Johnson has become known as the King of the Delta Blues Singers, with artists such as the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton and the Allman Brothers who have recorded his songs.

 

"Robert Johnson is one of the greatest blues players. He kind of started it all and paved the way for so many," Davidson said.

 

Steven Johnson, grandson of Robert Johnson and vice president of the foundation, said it was Davidson's style and professionalism that set him apart. 

"His style was kind of advanced for his age," Johnson said. "It was crisp; it was professional. His style with that electric guitar was amazing."

 

As winner of the award, Davidson also will receive a Robert Johnson Signature Gibson L-1 guitar and a chance to play at a future foundation event.                                                                                                                                                                            

Davidson's musical influences include the Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top and Chuck Berry.

 

 

"I've always been a huge fan of the Beatles," he said. "In the past couple of years, I've started getting into the blues, and that's been great for me because I've gotten so many opportunities and honors in the blues world. But I still like classic rock and some pop."

 

Davidson's band, the Matthew Davidson Band, includes 16-year-old drummer Kyle McClanahan; Chris Campisi on bass; and 15-year-old Gregory Walton on keyboard. "We're playing at Holiday in Dixie in April and then my band and I are really excited to be playing at the New Orleans Jazz Fest on May 5," Davidson said. "That's also an honor to get invited to play there." 

                             -Written by Sherry Shephard