Guy Davis Performs Tonight, Show Geared Toward Teaching Children And Families The Blues

By: Ashley Babbitt

Guy Davis performs tonight, show geared toward teaching children and families the blues

EARLVILLE – In a special performance geared toward children and families, bluesman Guy Davis will take to the stage at 7 p.m. tonight at the Earlville Opera House, 18 East Main Street in Earlville.

Davis has done residencies teaching about blues music to children both in the United States and abroad - including programs at schools, colleges, and arts centers. He has been a part of several television projects aimed for children, including Jack’s Big Music Show on Nick Jr.

Davis, a self-taught guitarist hailing from the New York City area, not only plays the blues - he is also a composer, director, actor and writer. Davis stated he never had the patience to take formal guitar lessons, and instead learned the craft by listening to and watching other musicians. His interest in acting led him to the lead role in the film “Beat Street,” and on television as Dr. Josh Hall on “One Life to Live.”

Later, Davis had the opportunity to combine his passions for music and acting. In 1991, he made his Broadway musical debut in “Mulebone,” which featured the music of Taj Mahal.

In 1993, Davis won the Blues Foundation’s “Keeping the Blues Alive Award” after receiving rave reviews for portraying legendary blues player Robert Johnson in “Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil.”

He has gone on to write material incorporating music and acting, including “In Bed with the Blues: The Adventures of Fishy Waters” - a one-man show; “The Trial: Judgement of the People” - an anti-drug abuse play that toured throughout the N.Y.C. shelter system; and he arranged, performed and co-wrote the music for the Emmy award-winning film “To Be A Man.”

Davis’ most recent release - “The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues” - is an audio book-on-tape style CD of his play. This is his first self-released project since his first CD in 1995.



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