Matthew Davidson Band News          
June 19, 2012


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We hope you are planning to attend the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival in Linden, TX this weekend! The Matthew Davidson Band will be performing on Friday, June 22 from 7:30 - 8:30. (The Friday outdoor concerts are free). Click the photo below for a complete schedule of entertainment. 

 

 

More information about the festival is included in the newsletter below. This is one you don't want to miss!

 

Matthew had a great time in Clarksdale, MS at the Pinetop Perkins Foundation Master Class Workshop. We'll include more on that in another newsletter.

  

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"Festival a draw for top blues musicians" - By Aaron Brand - Texarkana Gazette, June 15, 2012 (includes interview with Matthew Davidson) 

LINDEN, Texas -The seventh annual T-Bone Walker Blues Fest brings an eclectic, two-night gathering of top blues artists to Music City Texas on Friday, June 22, and Saturday, June 23, with Keb' Mo' as headliner. Three-time Grammy winner and multiple Grammy nominee Keb' Mo' performs Saturday night inside Music City Texas Theater, returning to a festival he headlined back when it began. Keb' Mo' earned his Grammy accolades in the Contemporary Blues Album category, and his latest release is the 2011 album "The Reflection." On both Friday and Saturday nights, musicians perform inside MCTT and outside on the MidSouth Outdoor Stage. 

 

 Friday night's indoors headliners are Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, the Alligator Records practitioners of some fiery and rambunctious Chicago blues. They also perform outdoors Saturday. On tap Friday night in MCTT are The Peterson Brothers Band, Emily Elbert, Rocky Lawrence and a tribute to Louisiana Red and "Honeyboy" Edwards by Michael Frank and Lawrence. Outside Friday are Buddy Flett, Matthew Davidson Band, Lightnin' Malcolm Band, Robin & the Bluebirds and Bill Lynch & the MidWestern Icons.  

  

 Saturday's inside lineup includes Jonathon "Boogie" Long, Kirby Kelley, Texas Johnny Brown & the Quality Blues Band and Bill Lynch & the MidWestern Icons with a special guest. Keb' Mo' rounds out the night. Outside it's Elbert, Lawrence, the Louisiana Red/"Honeyboy" tribute and, once more, Lil' Ed and crew. 

 

The T-Bone Walker Blues Fest has established a tradition of including young, talented blues musicians. This year is no exception with The Peterson Brothers Band from Texas and 14-year-old Matthew Davidson of Shreveport, La.   Matthew received his first toy guitar at just age 3, lessons starting three years later. He learned the essentials: tabs, scales, music theory and finetuning chord patterns.  "I really got serious when I was 6," Matthew recalled, noting that his interest grew when his dad played Beatles tunes for him.  Being from Shreveport, Matthew follows some serious blues artists in Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Lead Belly.   "I'm lucky enough to follow in their footsteps and bring the Shreveport sound nationwide," Matthew said.  Among the many top blues showcases he's played are Jazz Fest in New Orleans, King Biscuit Blues Festival in Arkansas and the B.B. King Homecoming Concert.  Matthew is also the 2011 winner of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award, giving him a connection to another true blues pioneer. He felt "overjoyed" receiving that award and lucky once again "to be recognized by such a famous family."    His current Matthew Davidson Band lineup has been together since last August. His mates are Kyle McClanahan on drums and Greg Walton on keys, both teens like Matthew, and then Chris Campisi on bass.

 

 

 "Having my own band and getting to play so often has definitely helped me hone my skills," Matthew said. His family helps him keep it all together and maintain perspective, though during the school year that's more challenging. He says he's taking it one step at a time but also "having a blast."  Of his third T-Bone Walker Blues Fest appearance, he says, "We have a lot of great blues songs planned out." One will be the T-Bone classic "Left Home When I Was a Kid."    "We can't wait and we're excited," Matthew said.     

 

Also appearing will be the Pleasant Hill Quilting Group. On both nights, the group presents the history of the Underground Railroad quilt code.  Music starts at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, 5 p.m. on Saturday. Check the event Website for a complete schedule.     

(The outdoor stage admission is free on Friday and $5 on Saturday. MCTT tickets start at $20 for Friday, $50 on Saturday. To purchase tickets or get more information: 903-756-7774 or TBoneWalkerBluesFest.com. Outdoor tickets are purchased at the gate. MCT is located at 108 Legion St.     The Saturday outdoors show is also free to students and active/ retired military and their immediate family with ID. Parking is free. Food, beverage and other vendors will be at the festival site.)

Red, White and Boom!    
 

The community is invited to a free concert and fireworks display at Ellerbe Road Baptist Church on Friday, June 29th. The "Music of Motown" concert will begin at 7:30 PM followed by an elaborate fireworks display at 9:00 PM.

The concert will feature vocalist Seva May. Matthew will be playing guitar in the band, which will also include a horn section for that Motown sound. We hope you will save the date, pack your lawn chairs, and join us!  

The church is located at 10705 Ellerbe Road (corner of Ellerbe and Leonard Road). For more information, you may call the church office at 798-1988.
About Matthew Davidson -  

 

"With sideswept, light-brown hair and a confident attitude that belies his years, Davidson is a compelling stage presence. The thrill is a long way from gone for the young artist; it probably hasn't even shown up yet. But his precocious, energetic style -- he counts Chuck Berry and ZZ Top among his influences -- is already earning him notice and accolades."        ~Alison Fensterstock, New Orleans Times-Picayune, May 4, 2012

 

"Matthew Davidson is blessed with a God-given, born-in-the-bone, talent. His musicianship is far beyond his age. When I play with Matthew, it's like playing with a musician with many years of experience. Always a perfect gentleman, Matthew's personality shines through in every performance. He obviously loves what he is doing!"      ~Joe Osborn, famed "Wrecking Crew" bassist who played on numerous hit records of the 60's - 70's with Glen Campbell, The Carpenters, The 5th Dimension, Simon and Garfunkel and many more 

Photo by Rick Moore

Media: 

 

For booking contact:
Ella Davidson (318) 286-4636
ella@matthewdavidson.net
In This Issue
Interview with Matthew
Red, White and Boom!
"Blues and Bliss"
Upcoming Shows
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"Blues and bliss: 7th annual T-Bone Walker Festival is coming up" By Michelle Williams news@atlantacitizensjournal.com
 

 

"Blues lovers will have the opportunity to enjoy a weekend of musical bliss when the 7th annual T-Bone Walker Fest kicks off Friday, June 22, and runs through Saturday, June 23.

Festival namesake Walker was born in the Bear Creek community, near Linden, in 1910. After his mother moved the family to Dallas, he became immersed in the music scene. Walker was a quick study and a natural. Over the years, he learned from as well as performed with such luminaries as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Ma Rainey, Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong.


A sought-after singer, songwriter and musician, by 1939, he helped lay the foundation for rock and roll becoming one of the first guitarists to record playing electric and subsequently earning the title, "Father of the Electric Blues."

Walker was also known as a consummate performer. His signature moves, playing guitar behind his head, with his teeth and while doing splits, has been copied by numerous players including rock icon Jimi Hendrix.

Generations later, Walker's style continues to inspire elder statesman of the genre as well as up and coming players.

Held at Music City Texas Theater, the local fest, yearly, draws blues players from around the globe for a two-day celebration of Walker's life and music.

This year's line-up will feature Keb' Mo', a three-time Grammy award winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album. 

Also featured will be Michael Dyson, better known as "Blue Shoe Mike." Dyson is also a Grammy award winning artist and co-founder of the Blue Shoe Project. Via the BSP, Dyson teaches and performs blues in public schools throughout the nation.

Other notable performers include Jonathon "Boogie" Long, the 2011 winner of the Guitar Center King of the Blues guitar competition for the #1 Unsigned Blues Guitarist in America, and Emily Elbert, a young, JanisJoplin-esque singer who's making waves internationally with her soulful singing style.

The fest is family-friendly with special emphasis, each year, on exposing kids to blues music, said Charles Snowden, festival executive director.

"We've got some great, young players coming. Having them here is one way to show kids age is not a limiting factor when it comes to success," he said.

Fourteen year-old Matthew Davidson, of Shreveport, will make a return trip to the festival. He was the 2011 winner of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award.

Matthew was also selected the guitarist for the 2011 "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning" Rock Camp Band. He was one of four young musicians selected from a group of over 300 applicants. During the camp, the band performed live on the air on "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning," a nationally syndicated radio show.

The Peterson Brothers Band, of Austin, will also return to the fest. The boys, Glenn, 14, and Alex, 11, "channel the blues with a maturity and technical prowess well beyond their years," writes a blues critic.

Both also play a variety of other instruments and write original songs. Snowden pointed out, the festival not only offers great music, but fun activities and lots of food.

Admission to the grounds and performances on the MidSouth outdoor stage is free of charge Friday.

First performance Friday starts at 5:30 p.m.

"Everyone is invited to come bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on and enjoy the music on the outdoor stage free on Friday," Snowden said.

Admission to the grounds and performances on the outdoor stage is $5 for adults on Saturday.

Active and retired military personnel and their immediate families will be admitted free with military I.D.

Students are also admitted free.

Saturday's activities include a car show.

"We'll have a car show starting mid-day Saturday. If you come at 8 a.m. Saturday morning, you can get in for $5 and stay until midnight, when the last show ends. You'll be good to go all day," he said.

First stage performance Saturday will start at 5 p.m., but music will be played by selected performers throughout the day, Snowden said.

Ticket prices for Music City Texas indoor stage seats range from $20 to $100. About 130 seats are open for Friday performances.

Only 30 are available for Saturday acts, Snowden said.

"We've got lots of $20 seats left for Friday and some $100 seats which are right down front. We have very few $100 or $20 seats left for Saturday. So, anyone wanting those seats needs to go ahead and get their tickets," he said.

Live and silent auctions will be held featuring "some great items," Snowden said.

"We've got some guitars for auction with name-brand people on them, say, like native sons," he said, a hint of happy mischief in his voice and adding, "You wouldn't believe some of the items we have."

He noted other offerings on the block include golfing adventures and a special hand-made quilt.

Commemorative t-shirts will be for sale. 

"The t-shirts are purple, this year. They're great looking and people are going to love the logo. It's an actual guitar pick that covers the back of the shirt," Snowden said.

Golf towels, earrings made from guitar strings and T-Bone Walker "private label" bottled water will also be available.

Snowden said the special water bottles are "one and only" and carry a unique T-Bone-themed label.

"I think everybody will have a very good time. There will be lots of food. The variety will be good. There'll be water and soda pop. So, bring your corny dog money and come on," he said.

For a complete listing of performers, dates and times, visit www.tbonewalker fest.com.

For ticket information or purchase, call 903-756-7774 or 903-756-9934 or go online to www.tix.com.

Looking Back....
Matthew at T-Bone with Robin & The Bluebirds in 2010

Upcoming Schedule:

 

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

 

Fri., June 29 - Matthew with church band at Ellerbe Road Baptist Church - "Red, White and Boom". "Music of Motown" at 7:30 followed by fireworks at 9:00. 

 

Wed., July 4 - Louisiana Boardwalk before the Fireworks - 6:30 PM

 

Sat., Aug 4 - Pierre Bossier Mall - 3:00 PM