Matthew Davidson News ~  August 28, 2013   

Greetings! ,  

We are very excited to report that Matthew Davidson is the featured "Brotherhood of the Guitar" artist in the Sept., 2013 issue of "At:Guitar Center"! This monthly buyers' guide is mailed to thousands of people and is available at all Guitar Center locations as well as online. The magazine photo was taken by Robert Knight at the Guitar Center in Shreveport. Thanks to Guitar Center, Fender, and Ernie Ball for sponsoring "The Brotherhood of the Guitar". (The text that was included in the magazine is in the newsletter below).  
Sept. 2013 issue of "At: Guitar Center"
Next on MDB's schedule is a performance at The Bedford Blues and BBQ Festival on Sat., Aug. 31st at 5:00 PM. Hope you can join us and then stick around for performances by John Mayall and Jimmie Vaughan!

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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"At: Guitar Center" - Sept. 2013

Dallas Morning News - Sat., Aug. 24th

"For seven years, Ken Chinn had been driving his daughter Tara from their home in Longview more than 130 miles to Children's Medical Center of Dallas, where the 16-year-old high school sophomore is being treated for frontal lobe epilepsy.

Recently, Chinn and Tara were at Children's, where she was "wired up," as her dad says, in the epilepsy monitoring unit. Just to pass the time, Tara was playing her favorite musical instrument, the guitar.

That led to an impromptu session with music therapist Karen Norris, who, as Chinn says, "was doing such an incredibly amazing job." That led to a deeper conversation and a surprising revelation: Children's really didn't have many guitars, Norris said.

Chinn, 55, who works in the financial services industry, sprang into action. He arranged a donation of 11 new guitars, which has led in turn to the Chinn Guitar Project, which is thriving on Facebook and LinkedIn, due to his daughter's persistence. Chinn says he's making arrangements to donate guitars to Children's on a quarterly basis.

Chinn, his wife, Rhonda, and Tara made their initial donation last month and also arranged a performance by teen-age sensation Matthew Davidson, who sang and played his own guitar in the studio named for American Idol host Ryan Seacrest.

Seacrest now has his own connection to the project. Chinn's efforts are being coordinated through the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, and Davidson's performance was televised on the in-house Ryan Seacrest Network.

Children's officials say that some of the new guitars "will be designated for music therapists to use as teaching instruments and some will be given to patients who might not be able to afford instruments to take home to keep."

Chinn's gift, Children's officials say, has helped tremendously.

"With teenagers, the common language is music," Norris says. "Giving them a tool to express themselves is a gift beyond measure."

Among those receiving guitars was 5-year-old Austin Hooper - his first. "As his name was announced as a recipient of a guitar, Austin cast aside his walker to give his new blue guitar a bear hug," Children's reported in its newsletter.

His mother, Elecia Hooper, said that Austin "always wanted to play his big brother's guitar, and it's great that he has one of his own now."

As for Tara, she is doing much better. "We were kind of running out of options," her dad says, but a recent rare surgery has dramatically reduced Tara's seizures, both in volume and intensity. "This has just been a miracle," Chinn says. "It has been a complete turnaround in her life."

As for the guitar project, "We are just getting started," her dad says."

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
At: Guitar Center
Dallas Morning News articvle
MDB Tambourines
Marshall Second Saturday
Digifest South
Matthew's EP - "Step Up"
MDB T-shirts
Year of Louisiana Music
Upcoming Shows
Join Our Mailing List
"Merch Madness" - Sept. Music Connection Magazine
It was fun to have MDB's tambourines selected as "cool" by Music Connection magazine. Click HERE to see the online version of the magazine. 

Second Saturday in Marshall, TX - 8:45 PM

The Matthew Davidson Band will be performing at Second Saturday in Marshall, TX on Sat., Sept. 14th at 8:45 PM. We love performing in music-friendly Marshall! Hope you will save the date and join us!
Digifest South Concert -  Fri, Sept. 20th
Digifest South weekend will kick off with a free concert downtown under the Texas Street Bridge at 8:00 PM. The Matthew Davidson Band will be opening for Super Water Sympathy!
Order Matthew's  EP - "Step Up"
Photo by Neil Johnson/Design by Brad Kozak
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.    
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
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:



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


Fri., Sept. 20 - "Digifest South" Opening Night Concert (opening for Super Water Sympathy) - Under the Texas Street Bridge - 8:00 PM


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


Sat., Oct. 12 -Louisiana Seafood Festival-New Orleans, LA- 11:00am - Noon 


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


Sat., Oct. 26 - "Feast-ival" - Plano, TX - 2:00 - 3:00 PM


Sat. Nov. 2 - Greater Baton Rouge State Fair - Baton Rouge, LA - 2:30 - 4:00 pm and 4:30 - 6:00 pm


Fri., Nov. 8 - Matthew and Greg at Artspace - Shreveport, LA - 5:00 - 8:00 pm


Sat., Nov. 16 - Highland Jazz and Blues Festival with Jerry Beach Blues Jam - Shreveport, LA 2:15-3:15