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      March 5, 2012

      Monday   8:00 PM

      131 W Third Street
      New York, New York 10012

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      GUY DAVIS & THE HIGH FLYING ROCKETS

      FEATURING:
      Guy Davis, guitar & vocals
      Other musicians, TBA

      Whether Guy Davis is appearing in front of 15,000 people on the main stage of a major music festival or teaching an intimate gathering of students at a music camp, he feels the instinctive desire to give each listener his "all."

      His "all" is the blues.



      Davis is a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer. But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of his creativity. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing it to as many ears as possible by performing the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories, and performance pieces.

      Throughout his life, Davis has had overlapping interests in music and acting, and he has enjoyed having the chance to combine the two on stage. He made his Broadway musical debut in 1991 in Mule Bone, and in 1993 he performed Off-Broadway as legendary blues player Robert Johnson in Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil, winning rave reviews. He also recently appeared on Broadway as the harmonica-playing Sunny in the revival of Finian's Rainbow. In addition, in the mid '90s he created an engaging one-man show titled The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed with the Blues. The show's 1994 debut garnered praise from the New York Times and the Village Voice. Davis's next release, an audio recording of the show, is forthcoming.

      For the past decade, Davis has concentrated much of his effort on writing, recording, and performing music. In the fall of 1995, he released his Red House Records debut Stomp Down Rider. The album landed on top lists all over the country, including lists in the Boston Globe and Pulse Magazine. Davis's next several albums for Red House, including Call Down the Thunder (1996), You Don't Know My Mind (1998), and Butt Naked Free (2000), won similar critical acclaim and solidified his position as one of the most important blues artists of our time.



      Davis's fifth album, 2002's Give in Kind, caught the ear of Ian Anderson, the founder and lead singer of one of rock 'n' roll's greatest bands, Jethro Tull. Anderson invited Davis to open for Tull during the summer of 2003. In his invitation, he wrote: "Folk Blues (Sonny Terry, J.B. Lenoir) is where I started. Hearing Davis is like coming home again."

      Davis's more recent albums, including Chocolate to the Bone (2003), Skunkmello (2006), and Sweetheart Like You (2009), have also garnered the bluesman numerous awards and accolades. Over the course of his career, he has been nominated for nine W.C. Handy awards, including nominations for Best Acoustic Blues Album, Best Blues Song, and Best Acoustic Blues Artist. In addition to his work on his own projects, he has contributed songs to a host of tribute, compilation, and children's albums and is extremely active as an educator.

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