Award Winning Blues Artist Morgan Davis to Play Silverton Memorial Hall on Saturday, October 11th. Doors open: 7 pm, Concert starts at 7:30. Admission at the door is $12.00
Morgan Davis is a Juno award winning Blues artist. After decades of being a fixture in the Toronto Blues scene, Davis is now based in Nova Scotia. He played at the Gallery back in 2012 with Doc MacLean. Solo this year at the Memorial Hall, please welcome him back.
Morgan is known as a Blues traditionalist with his own style. He is funny, entertaining and a great storyteller. He is a living legend of the Canadian Blues scene, so if you love the Blues, don’t miss this show! Read a recent review below and check out his website at www.morgandavis.com
MORE ABOUT MORGAN
For more than three decades Morgan Davis has played the blues in Canada from Victoria, BC to St. Johns Newfoundland. A one man operation, Morgan writes the songs, books the gigs, sends the promo, drives the truck, sets up the gear and performs traditional and original blues. His venues range from 30 seat coffee houses to large blues and folk festivals. Playing with bands for the first 25 years of his career, recent years have seen Davis make a successful transition to performing as a solo artist as well.
Originally from Detroit, Davis came to Canada in 1968 from California. During the 1970’s, Toronto was home to a vital blues scene, and Davis absorbed the influences of many touring performers. On the road constantly, Morgan played with the Rhythm Rockets, The Knights of the Mystic Sea, and the first David Wilcox band, before forming his own trio. He jammed with Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf James Cotton and Johnny Shines. He accompanied Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin and Dr. John. He opened for John Lee Hooker, Albert King, Willie Dixen and Albert Collins.
Over his recording career, Davis has released two 45 RPM records, an LP and five CD’s. His songwriting talent received wide recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad “Why’d You Lie”. (I’m Ready to Play: Bullhead Records 1982). Morgan’s first solo effort, “Blues Medecine” on ElectroFi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as Maple Blues awards for songwriting and production. His 2003 release “Painkiller” won a Juno award for Blues Album of the Year and several Maple Blues awards including Album of the Year, SOCAN Songwriter , Producer, and Male Vocalist of the Year. It featured 13 original songs backed by a stellar lineup of Toronto musicians he had worked with over many years.
Now living in Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia, Morgan Davis’ passion for the Blues has never wavered, and he fully expects to be on the road for the rest of his life
This event is supported by the Slocan Lake Gallery Society and BC Arts Council.
by: John Valenteyn
Morgan Davis is a bluesman with a penetrating, uncompromising view of his field and not surprisingly, his albums appear infrequently. He provides a useful example: playing Robert Johnson’s “When You Got A Good Friend” on a cigar box guitar, an instrument Johnson may have known well. With only three strings, it forced a simplification of playing that illuminates the song. This disc is not a musicological exercise, but Morgan’s insistence on mostly solo performances does highlight his singular attention to detail and he does not disappoint. He also writes original songs that easily withstand comparison to the classics he’s re-interpreted. His opener, “Sure As You Live“, deals with mortality and self-reliance. The tightly focused recording is mesmerizing. In his notes, he points out he’s opened every set with a Jimmy Reed song and here with “Thank You Mr. Reed” he acknowledges that debt, using no fewer than 27 of his song titles in the lyric.