Matthew Davidson News ~  July 28, 2013   

Greetings! ,  

We were finishing up this newsletter late on Saturday night when we heard the shocking and sad news about the death of radio host Kidd Kraddick. Matthew was the guitarist in the 2011 Kidd Kraddick Rock Camp Band. Kidd and his staff provided a great week of fun and encouragement to all of the young musicians that were selected for the band. Kidd gave them the opportunity to write and record a song, record a music video, perform live on his radio show, and perform at the House of Blues with Patrick Stump. We have great lifelong memories and friendships from that experience, and will always appreciate the benefit that it has provided to Matthew's career. See the newsletter below for links to videos of highlights from Kidd Kraddick Rock Camp 
Matthew and Kidd Kraddick - 2011 Kidd Kraddick Rock Camp
We're looking forward to another upcoming weekend of out-of town shows. Matthew performed on The Sucarnochee Revue last February in Livingston, AL and is honored to be invited back to perform again on Friday, Aug. 2nd at The Temple Theatre in Meridian, MS. See more details in the newsletter below. 

The Matthew Davidson Band is honored to be performing in the fourth Louisiana Soundtrack Experience concert sponsored by The Louisiana Office of Tourism and Oxford American magazine. The free concert begins at 6:00 PM on Sat., Aug. 3rd at The Arcade Theater in Ferriday, Louisiana. Click HERE for more details.

Last weekend, The Matthew Davidson Band enjoyed performing at The Hard Rock Cafe in Dallas. Thanks so much to everyone that came out! In fact, Rob Chickering, Kidd Kraddick's producer, was in the crowd showing his support. We were told by the staff that we had a great crowd for an out-of-town band. (See photos below.) Next week, we'll include photos from Matthew's visit to Seacrest Studios at Children's Medical Center in Dallas and tell about a group that donated 11 guitars to the hospital's Musical Therapy program. 
MDB at Hard Rock Cafe Dallas
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!

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Video Memories of Kidd Kraddick - 2011 Rock Camp
Kidd Kraddick in the Morning - Phone Call to Matthew Davidson
Kidd Kraddick in the Morning - Phone Call to Matthew about Rock Camp
Kidd Kraddick Interviewing Matthew Davidson
Kidd Kraddick Interviewing Matthew Davidson
Performing with Patrick Stump at House of Blues
Performing with Patrick Stump at House of Blues
Breaking Even's Music Video
Breaking Even's Music Video

Hard Rock Cafe - Dallas, TX - July 19

Blue Dog Cafe - Layafette, LA - Sun., Aug. 11th

Matthew and Greg  will be performing at The Blue Dog Cafe in Lafayette, LA on Aug. 11th from 11 AM - 2 PM during their Sunday Brunch. Click HERE for more information. 
About Matthew Davidson -  
"Matthew Davidson has been playing guitar for about six years. It looks like 16 when you see him play." ~Kidd Kraddick in 2011, host of nationally syndicated radio show "Kidd Kraddick in the Morning". 
"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 Ron Munden


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
Memories of Kidd Kraddick
Hard Rock Cafe Dallas
Blue Dog Cafe
Sucarnochee Revue
Louisiana Soundtrack Experience
Bedford Blues & BBQ
Band Buzz
MDB T-shirts
Matthew's EP - "Step Up"
Year of Louisiana Music
Upcoming Shows
Join Our Mailing List
Sucarnochee Revue - Friday, Aug. 2nd

Sucarnochee Revue - Press Release:

The Friday night August 2nd edition of the Sucarnochee Revue will feature young guitar phenom Matthew Davidson from Shreveport, LA headlining some of the finest young acts from across the region. Producer/host Jacky Jack White says, "We have kids coming from Meridian, Nashville, Birmingham, all kinds of places. This is a chance to see some youngsters with a very bright future having huge fun." Local group Back Pocket will perform along with radio icon Ken Rainey's granddaughter Jordan. Others booked include Anna Tamburello from Birmingham and Joseph Whitaker from Guntersville. 

Matthew Davidson was nominated for 2012's "Best Emerging Artist" by Offbeat Magazine. The fifteen-year-old began performing professionally in 2010 and since then "has achieved an immense amount of recognition, support and admiration", according to International Musician magazine. With musical influences as diverse as The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Maroon 5 and John Mayer, Davidson is a triple-threat: guitarist, vocalist and songwriter...performing rock, blues and pop with equal command. Matthew released his debut EP "Step Up" in 2012, produced by legendary rock bassist Joe Osborne.

The Sucarnochee Revue Radio Program first aired in 2005 and has been featured on radio worldwide via internet, public, and commercial stations. In 2012 the Revue was featured on public television in a documentary and as a weekly series and features regular performers Britt Gully, J. Burton Fuller, Mississippi Chris Sharp and Piper Lauderdale, Jessica Strenth, and Jacky Jack White.

The concert takes place 7 PM Friday August 2nd at the Temple Theater in downtown Meridian. Tickets are $10 at the door. For advance tickets and more info call 601-917-4096.
Louisiana Soundtrack Experience-Sat., Aug.3
Oxford American's Louisiana issue kicked off a yearlong promotion of Louisiana music, which has included free music showcase events across the state.
The fourth showcase will be held in Ferriday, LA on Sat., Aug.3rd. The Matthew Davidson Band will be opening the concert at 6:00 PM, followed by Kenny Bill Stinson and Easy Eddie & the Partyrockers. 


3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. Panel discussion: Preserving Our Musical Heritage moderated by Oxford American Louisiana Music issue guest editor Alex Rawls featuring Kenny Bill Stinson, Susan Roach, J.D. Davis, and Tommy Polk.

4:45 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Lt. Governor Jay Dardenne and BP America present Sunshine By The Stars: Celebrating Louisiana Music, a film starring Harry Connick Jr., and featuring the Marsalis family, Better Than Ezra, Tim McGraw, Rebirth Brass Band, Trombone Shorty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Buddy Guy, Buckwheat Zydeco, Irma Thomas, Zachary Richard, Zion Harmonizers and Mickey Gilley.

6 p.m. - 8:45 p.m. Live music concert featuring The Matthew Davidson Band, Kenny Bill Stinson and Easy Eddie & the Party Rockers.
Bedford Blues & BBQ - Sat., Aug. 31st

The Matthew Davidson Band will be performing at The Bedford Blues & BBQ Festival in Bedford, TX on Sat., Aug. 31st at 5:00 PM. Click HERE for more information. 
Band "Buzz"
We appreciate the recent positive comments!

"Please share with your band our deep appreciation for another great performance at the T-Bone" - Russell Wright, Exceutive Director of the T-Bone Walker Blues Festival

"Wonderful show! I look forward to hearing more." Jane H. on Facebook, after the Hard Rock Cafe Dallas show

"You were the first person that I thought of when I heard about the death of Kidd Kraddick. I started listening to him when you won the contest. I am so proud of your hard work, determination and talent. I can't wait to watch your life unfold." ~Chris D. on Facebook
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 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., Aug 2 - Matthew at The Sucarnochee Revue-Temple Theatre, Meridian, MS-7:00 PM


Sat., Aug 3 - Louisiana Soundtrack Experience - Arcade Theater, Ferriday, LA - 6:00 PM


Sun., Aug. 11 - Matthew and Greg at The Blue Dog Cafe Sunday Brunch, Lafayette, LA - 11 AM - 2 PM


Sat., Aug. 31 - Bedford Blues and BBQ -Bedford, TX - 5:00-5:45 PM


Wed., Sept. 11 - Private Event at Sam's Town Ballroom 


Sat., Sept. 14 - Second Saturday - Marshall, TX - 9:00 - 11:00 PM


Sat., Oct. 5 -MusicFest - El Dorado, AR - 2:00 - 3:30 PM


Sat., Oct. 19 - "Up with Downs" Buddy Walk - LSU-Shreveport - 10:30 am - Noon