Matthew Davidson Band News          
October 15, 2012

Greetings! ,  

MDB enjoyed performing in front of the Marshall Courthouse at the Fireant Festival. In spite of the wind and threatening rain, the crowd stayed and enjoyed the show. The dance floor in front of the stage was a great idea! We enjoyed the dancing audience and kids running and sliding around to the music. Thanks to Nancy and Jack Canson and Marshall, TX for their hospitality! 
Downtown Marshall, TX
Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration  - photo by Amanda Gresham
Pictured from l. to r. are Robert Stroger, Jack Gaffney, Bob Margolin, Austin Young, "Kingfish" Ingram and Matthew Davidson

Thanks to Annie Reuter for her review of Matthew's EP "Step Up". Annie is an Associate Music Producer at CBS Radio in Brooklyn, NY. . She covers concerts and music festivals around the country. Her articles have been featured on,, and 
"For 14-year-old Matthew Davidson, music has quickly become a lifelong passion. After he received his first toy guitar at the age of three there was no turning back. Selected to perform at the "Texas 10 under 20 Showcase" as well as playing a list of notable festivals and venues like The New Orleans Jazz Fest and B.B. King's Blues Club in Memphis, Davidson shows no sign of slowing down.

His debut album Step Up features a blend of rock and blues on each of its four tracks. A mix of cover songs and originals, Davidson manages to make each track his own, often putting his own spin on the guitar parts.

Step Up begins with a solid cover of Jimmy Eat World's "The Middle." The song embodies familiar licks of the guitar before Davidson's softer vocals are heard. While it's hard to replicate an easily recognizable song and put one's own spin on it, Davidson manages to do just this and gives the more gritty song a softer feel. The urgency displayed in the original is heard on Davidson's rendition however the female background singers on the chorus distracts and takes away from the energy and anthemic quality of the song.

Next track, "Gonna Be My Girl" showcases deeper vocals from Davidson with memorable electric guitar features. Despite an impressive guitar breakdown and his confident singing style, once again the backing vocalists are heard. Though the focus for the most part lies on Davidson, the additional singers continue to divert the listener's attention.

Bluesier than the previous tracks, "Lie To Me" kicks things off with a memorable guitar introduction before Davidson's assertive vocals are heard. Hard to believe the song is being performed by a 14-year-old, his talent is evident throughout. It's on this track that the listener begins to hear his guitar abilities as he demonstrates his handiwork with his fast-paced and soaring rhythms. With backing vocalists that sound more like a gospel choir "Lie To Me" shows just what the previous tracks were missing.

The title of the album and a Davidson original, "Step Up" begins with gritty guitar and distinct percussion. His guitar skills continue to shine throughout the instrumental only track. An adequate glimpse into his future, the song allows him to truly stand out. Though the album would have left a greater mark if Davidson intertwined these impressive solo guitar features into each song allowing each track to be his own, Davidson's talent is no secret. A remarkable introduction to the 14-year-old, Matthew Davidson proves he's a force to be reckoned with on his debut release Step Up."

                                                                                         ~ Annie Reuter, "You Sing, I Write"

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Marshall Fireant Festival
Sci-Port Tricks & Treats Night - Fri., Oct. 26


Dive into family fun at Sci-Port's annual Tricks & Treats event! This year, go into the deep with activities including Whale of a Time with Liquid Nitrogen, Starfish Pond and an Underwater Maze! Don't forget to compete in one of the costume contests (choose to enter either the Halloween-themed contest or Titanic-themed contest). Plus, experience Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition at the Member rate of $8! Featuring guest celebrity costume contest judges: Kendrick Farris and Matthew Davidson!


Member child $7; Non-Member child $9; Member adult $3; Non-Member adult $5 (Price includes two slices of pizza, a drink, admission to the costume contests and lots of tricks... and treats!) Whale of a Time with Liquid Nitrogen will take place at 6 and 7:30 p.m. Costume contests are at 6 p.m., with winners announced at 7:30 p.m. (need not be present to win). Last entrance to Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition will be at 8 p.m. Click HERE for tickets.

About Matthew Davidson -  


"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. 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." ~John Vermilyea, "Blues Underground Network" September 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


SB Magazine - May, 2012


In This Issue
Marshall Fireant Festival
Sci-Port Tricks & Treats
New Jersey Stage
Caddo Magnet High School
New EP - "Step Up"
MDB Street Team
Upcoming Shows
Join Our Mailing List
New Jersey Stage
Thanks to New Jersey Stage for posting about Matthew's EP!
Caddo Magnet High School
MDB had fun performing at Caddo Magnet High School's Homecoming Picnic. (Photos by Robert Trudeau).
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.    
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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:


Fri., Oct. 26 - Matthew judging Sci-Port Costume Contest - 6:00 PM


Sat., Nov. 3 - Matthew at Columbia Blues & BBQ Festival "All-Star Jam" - Columbia, LA - Noon-2:00 PM


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