The Sault Blues Society presents Morgan Davis

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For 45 years, celebrated blues musician Morgan Davis has been on the road travelling across Canada, the United States and Europe. He will be back in Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. as part of an annual spring tour, on Friday May 13th at Waterfront Legend on Foster Drive.

Davis is a multiple award winning Canadian blues musician.

His performances draw from a rich tradition of country blues, as well as his own contemporary songs infused with wit and a large dose of humour.

Living along the south shore of Nova Scotia, about an hour from Halifax, Morgan Davis finds retreat in his rural home.

“I’m in the woods here.” said Morgan Davis in a recent telephone interview from his home. Davis has been married for 35 years, and has a 27 year old daughter, living in Halifax, N.S.

“I tour Ontario every spring for two or three months. About 75% of my stops are return venues. There is a regular circuit, and I always try to find new gigs to add to the tour.” said Davis.

This spring, Davis has added Little Current to the tour. ‘The Anchor Inn’ will host the blues musician on Saturday, May 14th.

A regular stop along the circuit for Davis is Sudbury, Ontario. Thursday, May 12th, he will be performing at ‘Motley Kitchen’. “I’ll be back in Sudbury again on May 15th for a kitchen party.”

Davis’ songwriting talent received international recognition when Colin James covered his searing ballad “Why’d You Lie”. His most recent recording, ‘Drive My Blues Away’ on Electro-Fi records is his first solo disc. His previous recording, ‘At Home In Nova Scotia’, pays homage to Atlantic Canada where he has been a resident since 2001.

Morgan’s recording, ‘Blues Medicine’, on Electro-Fi records, garnered critical acclaim as well as awards for songwriting and production. His multi- award winning release “Painkiller” won an impressive four awards at the 2004 Maple Blues Awards and not long after took home Canada’s top music prize…the Juno for Blues Album of the Year.

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“The (northern Ontario) country is beautiful and there is lots of fishing in the lakes. I love to fish.” Davis spends time each spring while in northern Ontario to cast a fishing line with a friend from Sudbury.

“I’m eager to play the Sault again, and I hope all the blues fans come out. I always look forward to coming to The Sault.” he said

‘Originally from Detroit, Davis grew up listening to a prolific mix of rhythm and blues. The music of Jimmy Reed, Ike and Tina Turner, Chuck Berry and Fats Domino was in the air. He later moved to California with his family, and then in 1968 left for Canada. While living in Rochdale College, Toronto’s mecca for the subculture of the late 1960’s, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto’s music scene in the early 1970’s was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers. Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John Hammond were encouraging supporters.

While living in Rochdale College, Toronto’s mecca for the subculture of the late 1960’s, he immersed himself in the study of Delta Blues, especially the music of Robert Johnson. Toronto’s music scene in the early 1970’s was the perfect place for Davis to cut his teeth as a journeyman, having the opportunity to see and play with many legendary performers. Bukka White, Johnny Shines, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, Hubert Sumlin, and John Hammond were encouraging supporters.

Davis hit the road with the Rhythm Rockets, The Knights of The Mystic Sea, and David Wilcox’s first band, eventually forming his own trio.

Over the years he has had the privilege of opening for Willie Dixon, John Lee Hooker, Albert King, John Hammond, Albert Collins, and Eric Bibb. A highlight of his career was backing the phenomenal Dr.John. Morgan has shared the stage with Colin Linden, who also produced his second album, shared the stage with James Cotton, Hubert Sumlin, Sunnyland Slim, Snooky Pryor, James Harmon, Gene Taylor, Dutch Mason, Gene Taylor and many other great blues artist over the years.’

Follow Morgan Davis on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/Morgan-Davis-44923909981/?ref=ts

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Lynne Brown
Algoma writer and reporter. Has written for special editions Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal. In the 80’s, Lynne worked for AutoTrader Magazine in rural Southwestern Ont. Trudging through farmers’ fields for a picture of a 56 Dodge Custom Royale was considered a very good day. Special interests include issues relating to rural life, seniors, travel, history, community development and indigenous peoples. email to lynne@superiormedia.ca Twitter: @dlynnebrown.

1 COMMENT

  1. Wow Lynne, what a fantastic piece for Sault Blues Society.
    We are trying to get attention to a style of music that is loved by some older folk (like me)
    but also loved by an increasing number of young people. Exposure is the key. simple. Many Thanks.
    The Blind Druid (Al Davis)

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