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Records: Brad Davis - "Climbin Cole Hill" FGM, White Water - "No Gold On The Highway" FGM, Rock 'n Roll Cowboys - "The Christmas" Record Independent, Brad Davis - "Not Gonna Let My Blues Bring Me Down" FGM, Brad Davis - "This World Ain't No Child" FGM.


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Having spent the last fifteen years performing on stage as a member of Marty Stuart’s road band, playing lead acoustic guitar with Earl Scruggs and Friends, and playing ead electric and acoustic guitar with Billy BobThornton’s rock band, Brad Davis now brings his acoustic guitar and songwriting talent to the forefront with the release of his current solo recording I’m Not Gonna Let My Blues Get Me Down on FGM Record Label and his brand new release titled This World Ain't No Child Anymore slated for release in October 2004. Brad started classical guitar lessons in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas at the age of five. Shortly after, his brother Greg started on the banjo. Brad realized then that he wanted to pick bluegrass music and so he traded the gut-string classical for a steel-string bluegrass guitar. He began studying the music styles of Flatt and Scruggs, Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Clarence White, Tony Rice, and any other bluegrass he could get his hands on. In 1973 Brad then fell in love with acoustic jazz or (as it is sometimes called) Dawg music.

In 1978 Brad and his brother Greg formed the bluegrass band Ten Degrees and recorded their first record. Ten Degrees hit the bluegrass festival circuit for a number of years. During that time Brad and Greg also performed as a Flatt and Scruggs duo at The Grapevine Opry, a local music theatre. The recording industry in the Dallas-Fort Worth area kept Brad very busy until 1986, when Gary Smith (Ricky Skaggs’s band leader) contacted Brad to join Ricky's hot country band. Excited, Brad wasted no time. He packed up and moved to Nashville Tennessee only to discover that the job was given to another musician. Scrambling for income to pay bills, Brad auditioned and secured a job as a roving fiddle and guitar performer at Opryland in Nashville.

Six months later he was offered the lead guitar job with Warner Bros recording artist the Forester Sisters, with whom he toured for five years. In 1992, MCA recording artist Marty Stuart offered Brad a job. Brad began his studio career with Stuart directing. After three years of whirlwind touring, Brad left Marty’s camp in 1994 for a year to tour and record with Sugar Hill recording artist Sweethearts of the Rodeo. With brother Greg now in Nashville, Brad formed the progressive bluegrass band wHITE wATER. In October of ’94 Brad recorded his first solo record and also co-produced a record for the brothers’ new group on Raisin' Cane records.

In November of 1997 Brad became a columnist for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine. In 1995 Marty Stuart contacted Brad about coming back to form a new band, the Rock and Roll Cowboys. During his involvement with the Rock and Roll Cowboys, Brad recorded with Willie Nelson, Pam Tillis, Dwight Yokem, Steve Earl, Travis Tritt, Emmy Lou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Warren Zevon, Joe Diffee, Mark Chestnut, Billy Bob Thornton, and many others. In 2001, while still with the Rock and Roll Cowboys, Brad joined the Earl Scruggs Family and Friends band. Brad recorded his second solo record, his first with FGM Records. Billy Bob Thornton asked if Brad would tour and record with his new rock band, and Brad accepted. In 2002 Brad left the Stuart fold, and in 2003 turned down a touring offer from the Dixie Chicks. But Brad did accept a job offer from mandolin legend Sam Bush, with whom he currently tour with. With Brad's second record on FGM, he will begin performing on his own 2005.

Here is a list of some of Brad's appearances

Sweethearts of the Rodeo: Beautiful Lies (Sugar Hill Records) / wHITE wATER: No Gold on the Highway (Raisin' Cane Records)
Brad Davis: Climbin' Cole Hill (Raisin' Cane Records) / Brad Davis: I’m Not Gonna Let My Blues Bring Me Down (FGM Records)
Brad Davis: I’m Not Gonna Let My Blues Bring Me Down (FGM Records)
Marty Stuart: This One’s Gonna Hurt You (MCA Records) / Johnny Cash Tribute Record (Sony Records)
Marty Stuart: Honky Tonkin's What I Do Best (MCA Records) / Marty Stuart: The Pilgrim (MCA Records)
Marty Stuart & Willie Nelson: We Must Believe In Magic / Billy Bob Thornton: Billy Bob Thornton (Mercury Records)
Billy Bob Thornton: Billys 60s Pop Record (Mercury Records) / Earl Scruggs, Ricky Skaggs and Doc Watson: Three Pickers DVD
Billy Bob Thornton: Billy Bob Thornton (Santuary Records) / Daisy Dern: Daisy Dern (Mercury Records)
Mickey How Art Thou (Disney Productions International) / Billy Bob Thornton: Desperate One (Sanctuary Records Ltd.)
Warren Zevon: Knocking On Heaven’s Door (Virgin Records)-Brad recieved his first Grammy- Brad played on the single "Knocking On Heavens Door" / Sam Bush: King of My World(Sugar Hill Records)
Steven Seagal: Kentucky Thunder / Billy Bob Thornton: Daddy and Them (Miramax) / Billy Bob Thornton: Waking Up In Reno (Miramax)
David Letterman Show: Marty Stuart Band / Tonight with Jay Leno: Billy Bob Thornton Band
Good Morning America: Marty Stuart Band and countless other shows