Could Brian Davis become a break-out country artist?

By Dave Carew

In the music underground and within inner circles on Music Row, Brian Davis is being lauded as one of country music’s potential new break-out artists. About to embark on the 2013 “Hell On Wheels Tour” with CMA Award nominee Brantley Gilbert (Best New Artist), Brian also has been steadily building his own following with headliner shows that have resulted in steadily rising digital sales. Refusing to conform to stereotypes, the high-energy performer reveals a panoply of musical influences in his concerts—everything from Matchbox Twenty to Waylon Jennings to Counting Crows to Hank Jr. to Dwight Yoakam to Bob Marley. And there’s a bit of Garth, AC/DC, and Tom Petty in there, to boot.

This month, Country Weekly is publishing a full-page article about the fast-rising new artist. To see what all the commotion is about, Underground Nashville recently caught up with Brian Davis for this exclusive interview:

UNDERGROUND NASHVILLE: What drove you to become a country music artist?  Why did you choose that path in life rather than something more conventional?

BRIAN DAVIS: My grandpa played honky-tonks, my dad played honky-tonks. I wanted to be just like them.  At age eight, I was my dad’s guitar tech, tuning his guitars and changing strings.  I’d do anything to be near the music.  I picked up my own six-string and started singing and writing my own songs. So I’d say my dad and grandpa’s drive is what drove me.  Music has taken me to a lot of real cool places, and I’ve met a ton of awesome fans along the way. So I’m gonna ride this thing till the wheels come off!

UN:  What do you hope fans most enjoy or appreciate about your music?

BD:  I write songs for our fans and about our fans. The cool thing is that, through our music, they find out that we are the exact same.

UN: What are your major career goals?  What do you want to accomplish with your music over the next two or three years?

BD: One major goal is to play the Opry and the Ryman. The historical value of those stages is overwhelming, to say the least.  I’d love to walk out there and stand where so many amazing artists have stood.

Also, in the next few years, I’m looking forward to hitting the road and hanging with our fans cause that’s what this is about. We will be out with “The Hell On Wheels Tour,” opening for Brantley Gilbert and Kip Moore, starting in February.  I want to reach the hearts and minds of people with my music, and staying true to what I know will allow me to do that.

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David M. (Dave) Carew is writer/editor of “Underground Nashville” and the author of the novels “Everything Means Nothing to Me: A Novel of Underground Nashville” and “Voice from the Gutter,” both now available at Dave also is a freelance book editor, publicist, seminar and workshop leader, journalist, and advertising / marketing / public relations writer.

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Editor’s Note: “Underground Nashville” covers artists, authors, musicians, poets, political figures, and other compelling people and happenings not typically covered by the mainstream Nashville media. It also presents reflections and commentary from an underground/indie perspective, offering “thoughts from the shadows of a great American city.”

Dave Carew





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