Matthew Davidson News: The T-Bone Walker Blues Festival   ~  June 3, 2013   

Greetings! ,  

If it's June, it's T-Bone Time! The Matthew Davidson Band is honored to be returning to the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival in Linden, TX on June 21-22. From the T-Bone Walker Newsletter: "This two-day, two-stage festival is a living memorial to the music icon that was a primary influence to most postwar blues guitarists and early rock and roll greats. T-Bone Walker's most enduring legacy was taking the guitar from a rhythm instrument to a lead instrument in a band. Honored by his peers by membership in the Blues Heritage Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, he was first, and foremost, a loving father, a humanitarian, and a friend to so many. The 8th annual festival is a fundraiser for two Linden non-profits: Music City Texas Theater, a music venue, and the Fairview Community Center which offers free literacy and computer training to the community. The festival is headlined by The Duke Robillard Band, Doug MacLeod, Zac Harmon, & Texas Flood.  The eleven performing artists and bands will present a variety of blues styles, and include a number of IBC performers and winners.  The festival will also showcase some of the rising stars in blues - The Peterson Brothers of Austin, Texas, The Matthew Davidson Band of Shreveport, Louisiana, and Rafael Espinoza of Golden, Texas.  You will see, hear, and enjoy the reasons why Matthew Davidson was invited into The Brotherhood of the GuitarThe Peterson Brothers (age 14 & 16) were in the top ten bands in the Austin Music Awards, and Rafael was given a scholarship to the Berklee College of Music in Boston."  
This festival doesn't just invite a band to perform....they invite them into their family! The organizers and volunteers bend over backwards to offer hospitality and assistance to the performers. They have "adopted" Matthew and his band, this being his fourth year to perform at the Festival! We appreciate their ongoing support and look forward to performing both nights of this year's festival! MDB will be performing on the indoor Music City Texas stage on Friday, June 21 at 6:30 PM and on the outdoor stage on Sat., June 22 at 7:15 PM. Click HERE for event details. 
Please check out the band's schedule in the newsletter below and see if we'll be playing near you. We hope you will forward this newsletter to your friends. Thank you for your support!

Matthew is a member of The Brotherhood of the Guitar, which is sponsored by:

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T-Bone Through the Years

Matthew's first time to perform at the T-Bone Walker Festival was in 2010 when he was 12 years old. Bruce Flett invited him to sit in with Robin & The Bluebirds. It was very exciting.....and very hot!
Photo by Ron Munden
Photo by Ron Munden
Matthew was invited to return to the festival in 2011, and this time Bruce was the bassist in Matthew's band. 
Bruce Flett, Matthew and Greg Clifford
Last year, The Matthew Davidson Band appeared with an all-new lineup. 
Greg Walton, Chris Campisi, Kyle McClanahan and Matthew
Robin & The Bluebirds perform every year at the festival. Last year, Jerry Beach wouldn't let his recent heart attack and hospital stay keep him down! Jerry, Bruce and all of The Bluebirds did so much to help Matthew in the beginning of his career, and they will always be special to us! They will be performing this year right after The Matthew Davidson Band on Saturday, June 22 at 8:30 PM on the outdoor stage. 
2012 - Jerry Beach and Matthew
We hope you can come to this year's festival!
About Matthew Davidson -  
 "I covered the music scene in Shreveport from 1976 to 1991 and encountered a wide range of talented players. Matthew could easily hold his own with any of them. Talent like his is a divine gift, and I hope he takes his potential to the limit - and beyond." ~ John Andrew Prime, writer for The Shreveport Times, 2013
"Fourteen year old rising child prodigy, Matthew Davidson, has been making major waves in the music world. Getting his first taste of guitar at the age of three, Matthew has been stunning the ears of multiple guitar enthusiasts and organizations across the country." ~William Clark, Guitar International, Jan. 2013


"Wonder kid Matthew Davidson may only be 14 but he definitely knows a little something about the blues. "Step Up" is only a taste of what is to come for Matthew. His mature funk'd out guitar skills are inevitably demonstrative of this kids natural talent and devotion to music. You'll never hear another 14-year-old hone that Louisiana Southern blues-funk rhythm the way that Davidson has. " ~Kimmie Tubre, Where Y'at Magazine, New Orleans, LA - December 2012


"The next generation of stars in Louisiana...Matthew Davidson...14 years old from Shreveport, Louisiana. He is going to be something special. He is right now and he's going to be in the future. You know, you look at Matthew and you think about Hunter Hayes, who Louisiana has watched grow up over the years...(3 Grammy nominations for him this year), so...the future of Louisiana music is in good hands." ~Louisiana Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne, Louisiana Public Broadcasting - December 2012

Photo by Robert M. Knight


K94.5 - Brotherhood of the Guitar - April, 2013

The Baton Rouge Advocate - April, 2013 

KPXJ Interview - April, 2013

American Blues Scene - April, 2013


In This Issue
T-Bone Through the Years
Red, White and Boomj!
Superior Grill
Hard Rock Cafe Dallas
Band Buzz
MDB T-shirts
Matthew's EP - "Step Up"
Year of Louisiana Music
Upcoming Shows
Join Our Mailing List
Red, White and Boom! 
Ellerbe Road Baptist Church

A free evening of Music, Fellowship, and Fireworks

The music of Motown and more!

Live music begins at 7:30, followed by fireworks at 9:00 PM.
Superior Grill -Shreveport

The Matthew Davidson Band will be performing for the first time at the Superior Grill in Shreveport on Tuesday, July 2 from 6:30-10:00 PM. We hope you will join us on the patio!
Hard Rock Cafe - Dallas 

The Matthew Davidson Band is looking forward to performing at the Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas, TX on Friday, July 19 from 8-10 PM! Click HERE for event details and please help us spread the word to your friends in the DFW area. 
Band "Buzz"
We appreciate the recent positive comments!
"I just happened to be channel surfing and I went back to catch this amazing guitar player - it was just a close-up of
fingers playing - so I watched it, mesmerized....and as the camera panned back I thought..."Why does he look so familiar?"  :) Wow. Still reeling from it.  He's just incredible.(It was channel 3.3 out of Shreveport.) Give him our best - so proud of him!"
~ Jinelle Boyd, co-founder of and TexasMusic
"Phenomenal musician" ~Tim Hollis, Caddo Magnet High School Talented Arts Program (TAP) Music Teacher
Matthew Davidson Band T-shirts are available at band performances, or you can order one now online. Just click HERE and pay with Paypal or a Credit Card. Thanks for your support!
Band logo designed by Brad Kozak
Order Matthew's debut 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.    
Year of Louisiana Music!
2013 is the official "Year of Music" in Louisiana. Click on the logo below to find out about music and more in Louisiana. 
Upcoming Schedule:


Fri. June 21 - T-Bone Walker Blues Festival - Linden, TX - 6:30 - 7:30 PM


Sat., June 22 - T-Bone Walker Blues Festival - Linden, TX - 7:15 - 8:15 PM


Fri., June 28 - Matthew at "Red, White and Boom!" - Ellerbe Road Baptist Church - 7:30 PM


Tues., July 2 - Superior Grill, Shreveport, LA - 6:30 - 10:00 PM


Fri., July 19 - Hard Rock Cafe, Dallas - 8:00 - 10:00 PM


Fri., Aug 2 - Matthew at The Sucarnochee Revue-Temple Theatre, Meridian, MS-7:00 PM


Sat., Aug 3 - Louisiana Soundtrack Experience - Arcade Theater, Ferriday, LA - 7:00 PM


Sat., Sept. 14 - Second Saturday - Marshall, TX - 9:00 - 1:00 PM