Matthew Davidson Band News          
September 24, 2012



Greetings! ,  

We hope you will join us for a fundraiser night at Madison Park El Chico on Sat., Sept. 29th from 6-8 PM. The restaurant will donate 10% of dinner sales from 5 PM - closing to the Caddo Magnet High School Softball Team. Be sure to tell the hostess that you are there to support the fundraiser!
  
 

 

Thanks to John Vermilyea of Blues Underground Network in Canada for requesting Matthew's EP to review:

 

"Just received a great EP from Matthew Davidson, titled "Step Up", and I must say it is pretty good, actually I meant to say, it is really good, especially considering the fact that at the time of release, Davidson was still just 14 years old. Now I know what I was doing at that age and it certainly wasn't blowing away my peers the way Matthew Davidson has already been doing for a number of years now.

Matthew Davidson received his first Guitar at the age of 3, and although it was only a toy guitar, it made no difference to him. Davidson started taking lessons in second grade, which eventually led to him winning his first electric guitar in 2007, at what was called, the James Burton Guitar Showdown. From then on it was pretty well accolade after accolade for this rising star, starting with Davidson being chosen from, "the youngest of eight student guitarists selected to play with Kenny Wayne Shepherd at his 2009 Artbreak Concert." From there it progressed to performing at the 2011 IBC as part of the Youth Showcase, jamming at B.B. King's Museum, and Homecoming Concert and many more other high end events, sharing the stage with many of the greats including, Joe Osborn, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, and Honeyboy Edwards, to name but a few.

 

In 2011, "Matthew was the 2011 winner of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award. "His style was advanced for his age," said Steven Johnson, Robert's grandson and vice president of the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation." Now with Matthew Davidson's Debut EP release, we all get a chance to listen to this extraordinary talent, in action. 
 
"Step Up", consists of 4 Tracks, 3 of which are covers and 1 instrumental written by Davidson. In addition to Matthew Davidson, on Guitar and Vocals, Tyrone Harris on Drums, and Maddison Gilcrease & Carmen Bradford Background Vocals, "Step Up" also featured Louisiana Music Hall of Fame Inductee Joe Osborn on Bass, a famed L.A. and Nashville session musician, whose "playing can be heard on records by such well-known groups as The Mamas & the Papas, The Association, and The 5th Dimension. Osborn can be heard on Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge over Troubled Water" and the 5th Dimension's version of "Aquarius/Let the Sunshine In"." Joe Osborn also took the reigns of Producer for "Step Up".

"Step Up" starts off with a cover of the Pop/Rock smash hit from 2001 called "The Middle", from James Adkins of the acclaimed band, Jimmy Eat World. This opening Track lays to rest one of 2 concerns of mine and that is can this 14 year old sing, and boy was I amazed to hear just how good of a sound Matthew Davidson has with his Vocals. His amazing Vocals come through even stronger on the 2nd Track, "Gonna Be My Girl".
 
The one Track I was really looking forward to was Track 3, "Lie To Me", a song that I believe any young Blues artists or musician for that matter, should have a go at. Matthew Davidson did a superb job on the song that Jonny Lang made super famous. Again fabulous Vocals from Matthew as well as Killer Guitar, especially when he kicks into a solo about halfway through the Track. Maddison Gilcrease & Carmen Bradford do a wonderful job with Background Vocals on the first 3 Tracks, with "Lie To Me", really being the icing on the cake. 

 

Track 4, "Step Up" has no problem laying to rest about Matthew Davidson's forte' at playing Guitar, as he offers up a very well done instrumental.
 
There is no doubt in my mind, after listening to "Step Up", that Matthew Davidson is certainly the real deal, being equally proficient in both Pop/Rock and Blues genres, with my hope being he explores the Blues or Blues Rock end of the spectrum, but never the less, he is already great in what he does and the sky is the limit regardless of which musical direction he chooses to dominate. 

 

"Step Up" is a fantastic intro to a fantastic very talented rising star..." 

Review by John Vermilyea (Blues Underground Network)
http://www.bluesundergroundnetwork.com/
 
 
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Order Matthew's new EP - "Step Up"
Photo by Neil Johnson/Design by Brad Kozak
Thanks to those of you who have already purchased Matthew's EP. The EP, produced by legendary bassist Joe Osborn, is available in Shreveport at Disc Daddy, in Bossier City at Bittersweet Flower and Gifts, and in New Orleans at Louisiana Music Factory. You can order a physical copy online from Matthew's website, or download it from iTunes. We appreciate your support! Click HERE for more information on this recording.    
On the Radio
Joe Osborn and Matthew at Red River Radio
Thanks to Bill Beckett at Red River Radio for interviewing Joe and Matthew about their new EP. The interview will air one day this week on their 10:01 AM Spotlight segment.  
 
Matthew's music is being played on the radio in southeast Arkansas, thanks to the legwork of his devoted grandmother, Vee, who lives in Lake Village, AR. We appreciate KVSA in McGehee, Arkansas for playing Matthew's music and for offering to interview him the next time he's in the area. I think Vee got so excited that she almost ran off the road when she first heard her grandchild on the radio, so it's a good thing that Matthew has always encouraged her to wear her seatbelt. 
 
And from Arkansas to Australia..."The Middle" was included in this podcast "down under" - ERK FM International"The Middle" starts at 46:24 in this podcast. After the song, the host of the show, Eric Scaresbrook, says, "From Shreveport in Louisiana that was 14 year old Matthew Davidson. And I've often said this, that if you are good enough, you are old enough, and he's certainly good enough."  

About Matthew Davidson -  

 

"It was truly a pleasure working with Matthew. I think that he has a great future ahead of him. ~Robin Hood Brians, Robin Hood Studios, Tyler, TX -  July 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 Neil Johnson

 Media: 

The Shreveport Times - Aug., 2012

SB Magazine - May, 2012

 

In This Issue
New EP - "Step Up"
On The Radio
Pinetop Perkins Homecoming
Fireant Festival
MDB Street Team
Upcoming Shows
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Pinetop Perkins Homecomin Celebration - Sun., Oct. 7  
 
 
Matthew will be performing at the 12th Annual Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration with Bob Margolin and the Youth Workshop Showcase (Christone "Kingfish" Ingram, Jack Gaffney, and Austin Young). They will be performing on both the Juke Joint Chapel Stage and the Hopson Commissary Stage at Hopson Commissary in Clarksdale, MS.

The entire event runs from 2:00 - 7:00 PM, and is a benefit for youth scholarships for the Pinetop Perkins Foundation Master Class Workshops held at Hopson Commissary in the summer. Matthew was a 2012 recipient of one of these scholarships.Click HERE for more details.   
Fireant Festival - Marshall, TX - Oct. 13
The Matthew Davidson Band will be performing on Sat., Oct. 13th at the Marshall Fireant Fest from 8:30 - 10:30 PM on the stage in front of the downtown courthouse.

Join the MDB Street Team!
 
 
You're invited to join a new Facebook Group called "MDB Street Team". This group was created for friends and fans who want to provide some extra help to The Matthew Davidson Band - by posting things on Facebook or Twitter, sharing the email newsletter, inviting your friends to our shows, etc. Specific, easy requests are made, and we'll be offering some discounts on MDB merchandise to thank you! We need your help! Click HERE to request to join.  
Upcoming Schedule:

 

Sat., - Sept. 29 - Madison Park El Chico - 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Fundraiser night for Caddo Magnet High School.

 

Sun., Oct. 7 - Matthew at Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration - Clarksdale, MS

 

Sat., Oct 13 - Fireant Festival - Downtown Marshall, TX - 8:30 - 10:30 PM

 

Sat., Nov 17 - "Turn on the Holidays" - Natchitoches, LA - Downtown Riverfront Stage - 12:30 - 2:00 PM