Matthew Davidson News ~  May 28,  2014   


 

 

 
 
The Matthew Davidson Band will be performing at Free Fridays Forever under the Texas Street Bridge in downtown Shreveport on Friday, May 30 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM. (weather permitting) Tables and chairs are provided. Bring your dinner, or order take-out from Nicky's or Fully Stacked Burgers in the Red River District.


We're thankful for the great crowd and great weather at Mudbug Madness! Thanks to everyone who came to the show, and who stayed around to talk to the band and purchase EP's afterwards. We appreciate your support!
Signing EP's after the show

Thanks to Nick DeRiso for reviewing "Cross My Heart" on "Something Else Reviews":
 

"It's not just that the 16-year-old Matthew Davidson writes his own music, a considerably rare thing among blues prodigies. And it's not just that he deftly combines these rootsy leanings with towering pop hooks. It's not just his boyish good looks, either. It's all of that, as Davidson crafts a sophomore project that is as intriguing as it is offbeat. In the end, Cross My Heart is both a blues record that often moves far afield from the blues, and a pop record with real soul. And it works, principally because of the endless approachability that Davidson brings to things. "Read My Mind," featuring producer Jimmy Wooten on bass, provides an early example of how Davidson combines these two seemingly disparate aesthetics. Keying on a relationship narrative that plays out in every young relationship, Davidson effortlessly transitions from a power pop-influenced verse into a scalding roots-focused solo.

 

 

The road that brought Davidson to this place, even as his classmates are likely still more concerned with first cars and prom, begins early on. Very early on, in fact: The Louisiana native picked up his first guitar at the tender age of three. By 2007, he was winning the Guitar Showdown run by James Burton, former sideman with Elvis Presley. By 2010, Davidson was leading his own band into venues and festivals from the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival to the Dallas House of Blues. He's subsequently earned the New Generation Award from the Robert Johnson Foundation, and was featured last fall in Guitar Center magazine. At the same time, though, Davidson remains firmly rooted in his own time. And that's what gives Cross My Heart its unforgettable spark: "Heartbreaker," for instance, combines an atmospheric, almost orchestral, keyboard counterpoint with a lyric that sweetly conveys this heartbreaking, very modern lonesomeness. Davidson might rip off a blast of Delta-sparked guitar, but he quickly returns for a soaring vocal chorus that would have fit right in on every radio-ready hit from the Beach Boys to the Raspberries to the 1990s boy-band revival groups. Meanwhile, "One More Beautiful Thing" is a thrilling moment best described as shotgun-shack power pop, with Kyle McClanahan and Greg Walton on drums and keyboards respectively. (Walton co-wrote this track, as well as "Diamond Ring" and "Heartbreaker.") When Davidson returns to his instrument for a solo, it's with the fiery, deeply assured determination. Lest Davidson be tagged as a popstar simply masquerading as a blues guy, however, Cross My Heart is actually centered by a tough cut called "Diamond Ring," again featuring McClanahan and Walton. Davidson can be heard through unleashing a series of teeth-splintering asides that would have brought a twinkle to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan's eyes. To be fair, though, even here Davidson's unerring eye for the approachable guides the song into mainstream waters - making the opportunities for crossover success on Cross My Heart seemingly limitless. He finally gets down to the nitty and to the gritty, however, on the album-closing "Overseas" - the deepest Davidson digs into both heartbreak and a dangerous urban-blues grind. Anyone who questions this teen's ability to find the requisite pain, and the requisite passion, to play the blues is directed to this scalding entreaty. That said, it's refreshing to know there's more - in fact, much more - to Cross My Heart, and to Davidson." ~Nick DeRiso

  

Please check out the band's schedule in the newsletter below and see if they will be playing near you. We hope you will forward this newsletter to your friends. Thank you for your support!
 

 

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Mudbug Madness

 

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Concert in Bossier City
Kenny Wayne Shepherd and his band put on a great show in Bossier City to kick off their US "Goin' Home" tour. We appreciate Ken Shepherd's hospitality for making it possible for Matthew to attend the show and to visit with Kenny Wayne afterwards! Fun night!



Red River Radio Pledge Drive

About Matthew Davidson -  
  

"You wouldn''t expect someone who just got his driving permit to possess such skill, but the 16-year-old Davidson certainly has it in spades.Shreveport's been garnering national attention for its wealth

of talented musicians, and Davidson seems poised to follow suit. ~

Justin Massoud, K94.5

  

"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
 
"We were impressed  with the band's performance, poise, and stage presence. And of course, Matthew's proficiency on the guitar! We'll be hearing more from him, I'm sure."  ~Stephen Lundgren, Stage Manager, 2013 Louisiana Seafood Festival 
 
 Selected Media:

 

In This Issue
Mudbug Madness
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Concert
Red River Radio Pledge Drive
More Mudbug Madness
New Music "Cross My Heart"
At: Guitar Center
Upcoming Shows
Join Our Mailing List
Mudbug Madness

 
 

Matthew's Music
New Music Has Arrived! 
  
  
Matthew's 2nd EP "Cross My Heart" is now on iTunes and AmazonYou can order a physical copy online at this link: http://www.matthewdavidson.net/Music.html. We hope you will check it out! Thanks for your support!
 
Reviews:
 

"It's not just that the 16-year-old Matthew Davidson writes his own music, a considerably rare thing among blues prodigies. And it's not just that he deftly combines these rootsy leanings with towering pop hooks. It's not just his boyish good looks, either. It's all of that, as Davidson crafts a sophomore project that is as intriguing as it is offbeat. In the end, Cross My Heart is both a blues record that often moves far afield from the blues, and a pop record with real soul. And it works, principally because of the endless approachability that Davidson brings to things." ~Nick DeRiso, Something Else Reviews, May 14, 2014

 

"If there's anything to be said of Matthew Davidson's music, it's that you never truly know what to expect. His ability to capture the essence of his roots in jazz and blues but stay relevant are always what intrigues me about Davidson's appeal."~Derick Jones, The Shreveport Times, April 23, 2014 

 

"From the Beatles and Rolling Stones to Muddy Waters and U2, smart teen Matthew Davidson gets it. His new 5-song release, "Cross My Heart," is danceable and effervescent. It's the kind of pop that will make you drive better and make you look good cutting a rug in your living room. Beginning as a kid with a hot hand for blues guitar, Davidson is transitioning to vocalist, songwriter and entertainer. Surrounded by rockin' tunes and effective harmonies, Davidson's package kicks." ~Robert Trudeau, Heliopolis, April 16, 2014 

"At: Guitar Center" - Sept. 2013
The Sept. issue of "At:Guitar Center" can be viewed online HERE. Matthew is featured under the heading "Tomorrow's Guitar Heroes" on page 24!


Upcoming Schedule
 

 

Fri., May 30 - Free Fridays Forever - under the Texas Street Bridge - downtown Shreveport - 5:00 - 8:00 pm

 

Tues., June 17 - Concert in the Park - Hulen Park Gazebo, Cleburne, TX - 8:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Sun., June 29 - Superior Grill - Shreveport, LA 6:30 - 10:00 pm

  

Fri., July 25 - Matthew & Greg at Bistro Byronz - Shreveport, LA - 7:00 - 9:00 pm

 

Sat., Aug. 16 - Matthew & Greg at Bistro Byronz - Shreveport, LA - 7:00 - 9:00 pm

  

Fri., Sept. 12 - T-Bone Walker Blues Festival - Longview, TX -  7:15 - 8:15 pm

 

Sat., Sept. 27 - Private Event - Dallas, TX

 

Sat., Dec. 20 - Matthew & Greg at Bistro Byronz - Shreveport, LA  - 7:00 - 9:00 pm