4 April 1971, Saltville, Virginia, USA. Davidson took to music making at an early age, inspired in part by his father who played guitar. All 11 of his siblings played or sang and as a child he heard many kinds of music, ranging through traditional country, bluegrass and gospel to soul and rock. While still in school, he played in various groups with friends and these bands sometimes opened at concerts by touring artists visiting the region. He played in Las Vegas with his brother for a spell, and then began making regular visits to Nashville, Tennessee, where he won a TNN Talent Roundup show. He moved to the area, settling in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee, and he gained a reputation through making demos and also performing locally.
Called in as replacement for Michael McDonald at a private party for rock singer Jude Cole, Davidson was heard not only by Cole but also by record producer Scott Hendricks. The latter offered Davidson a deal and Cole...