Bluegrass music star David Davis and his Warrior River Boys will bring their earthy roots stylings to Parsons.
Davis and his highly acclaimed band will perform at Pickin' In Parsons Bluegrass Festival at 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Thursday.
Also appearing on Thursday will be the Hillbilly Gypsies, Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers, Lost and Found, and Nothin' Fancy. Tickets for the event can be purchased for one day or three days. Children 12 and younger will be admitted free with a paying adult. A variety of performers will entertain all three days. For more information, call 304-478-3515 or visit www.fiverivercampground.com.
Members of the Warrior River Boys are, from left, Robert Montgomery on banjo, Stan Wilemon on guitar, David Davis, Ben Sanders on fiddle and Marty Hays playing bass.
The tapestry of American music, much like the artistry of a patchwork quilt, encompasses a variety of styles of material, the creativity of the maker, and the pattern upon which each offering is based. Much like a main thread that weaves itself through a great work of fabric, for more that a quarter century, David Davis, has sewn a musical path that carries his traditional style of bluegrass music to audiences around the world.
From his earliest Rounder recordings to his most recent releases on Rebel, critical acclaim and audience support have solidified his place in the history of a genre which gave the world Flatt and Scruggs, Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Alison Krauss and others.
Millions of fans have seen him in person at concerts and festivals and millions more on television on RFD-TV and radio.
A love of music was born in the family farmhouse near Cullman, Ala., listening to the sounds created by his father and his siblings including Cleo Davis, Bill Monroe's first Blue Grass Boy. Davis set his eyes on a pattern that has encouraged his creative energies for decades.
Among his desires were to harness the traditional energies of the past and charge through to a new sound and new look that would appeal to larger audiences, he said.
"I wanted to pull from my influences from the Louvin Brothers to Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, to honor their contributions, but at the same time forge a path and sound for myself in the country music industry where many artists simply mimic whatever seems to be popular at the moment," he said. "Millions of people, from all backgrounds in countries around the world still tap their toes when they hear Flatt and Scruggs, they are still moved by the high lonesome sound of Bill Monroe or the haunting voice of Ralph Stanley."
Sing Out! magazine described him as "an excellent instrumentalist in the Monroe style of mandolin, Davis is also among the most emotive, capable and under appreciated singers in bluegrass."
Davis is now one of the stars looked to by bluegrass fans of all ages, to bring a new pattern of design to the music, while not straying too far from the seams already sewn by his predecessors.
"I have been richly blessed to work with those legends that I admired and stand side by side with contemporaries like Alison Krauss, James King, Mike Compton, who have carved their place in our genre," he said. "I work with the same goals to take our music and introduce to new audiences and those who could become a lifelong fan of bluegrass."
Bluegrass Unlimited magazine said his music has a " hard-charging energy that makes it stand out from the pack."
His latest release is "Two Dimes and a Nickel."