Guy Davis

Genres: Blues
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

12 May 1952, New York City, New York, USA. A contemporary interpreter of the country blues tradition, Davis, alongside peers including Keb’ Mo’ and Corey Harris, has done much to revive the genre’s profile. His easy, laconic style - informed by legends such as Robert Johnson and Lead Belly - is typically punctuated by stories and humorous oratory.

Davis’ background is hardly typical of past country blues maestros such as Lightnin’ Hopkins, Mississippi John Hurt or Mississippi Fred McDowell. He grew up in urban New York amid affluence, the son of film and theatre celebrities Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis (he later collaborated with them on 1995’s Two Hah Hahs And A Homeboy). His commitment to the blues began at the age of eight, when he attended summer music camp in Vermont where Pete Seeger’s brother, John, taught him how to play the banjo. He still finger picks, an attribute which has helped distinguish him as a...

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