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Jimmy Davis

Jimmy DavisThe "Memphis sound" has always escaped a simple definition. Diversity and uniqueness characterize the musical tradition of the city that gave the world Beale Street, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, the Blues, Sun Studio, B.B. King, Rock Roll and W.C. Handy.

Jimmy Davis is no exception to the rule. This versatile singer-songwriter, named "Premier Male Vocalist" five times by the Memphis Chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences, knows no boundaries when it comes to musical styles. Influences range from The Beatles to the Eagles, Johnny Cash and Gram Parsons to Jackson Browne. In fact as stated in the Commercial Appeal "tunes written by Davis would be huge country hits in a perfect world." His songs have been recorded by Martina McBride, Restless Heart, Joy White, Johnny Rivers, as well as many other independent artists.

As a singer Davis has appeared as a backing vocalist on numerous recordings by artists such as Johnny Lang, former Eagle Bernie Leadon, Danny Tate, Eric Gales, William Lee Golden, Mark Collie, Keith Sykes, Iris DeMent, Cory Branan, Susan Marshall, John Eddie, and the late Toy Caldwell.

Jimmy started his career in 1987 with the QMI/MCA debut release "Kick the Wall" by Jimmy Davis & Junction. The title song and first single Kick the Wall was a top 40 AOR hit as well as an MTV hit video. The group was well known for its live appearances as a tight, loud, rock-n-roll band and toured all over America.

In 1996, Davis, with Tommy Burroughs the guitarist of JD&JCT reformed The Riverbluff Clan, a well known Memphis rockin', country, bluegrass outfit from the 70's. The band released two critically acclaimed independent CDs. The live album "One Night in a Month of Sundays" was heralded as "hybrid vigor", while the studio CD "Two Quarts Low" was called a "genre-bending romp through bluegrass, country and country-tinged rock". It garnered a top 20 spot on the Gavin Americana chart and the song Two Quarts Low was even covered by RBC favorite John Cowan. The Clan also appeared in the award winning independent film The Poor & Hungry as themselves performing Davis' "Honeysuckle and Kudzu".

These days, Jimmy is performing as a solo artist with a CD of self-penned songs entitled Jimmy Daddy's Acoustic Song List. Songs like "Grandmother's Quilt", "Devil's Den", "I Gotta Roll" and "Waiting in the Wings" all range from every style of music that he's ever approached. Bill Ellis calls it "an unassuming triumph and as honest a record as you're likely to hear".

But the music doesn't stop there; Jimmy is writing and recording songs for a new record called Campfire Songs that will continue his musical journey and the legacy of a new Memphis sound.


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