Geoff Davin

Geoff Davin

 Nashville, Tennessee, USA
BandCountrySoul

"Geoff Davin's music can best be described as a sweet mix of Memphis Southern Soul, swampy Southern-Rock and contemporary Country with shades of Gospel and Blues thrown in for good measure. All adding up to one deliciously tasty evening of music. It moves you...from heart to toe."

Biography

True story....
Another snow day in Norwood, MA. A 5 year old child has just pulled his twin brothers hair over another heated and riotous G.I Joe play session. The assaulted child begins to cry and the hair puller is sent to his room to reflect upon what he's done. The silence of this war's aftermath soothes the parents ears. But soon...gently wafting from the convicted offender's bedroom.....a soft, strange melody begins to permeate the kitchen. The curious parents make their way down the hall and quietly listen at the recently incarcerated child's door. That's when they heard it. It was unmistakable....the Blues. The child was singing the blues. This little 5 year old middle class white Irish/Catholic boy from Boston was throwin his woes down in song. Where it came from, they could not say. But it was the beginning of what was to be a long and varied musical journey.

Geoff's journey began at the age of 14 when his love of singing and acting led him to the stage where he booked his first professional acting job with a theatre in Boston.
He went on to attend NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and soon found himself performing on theatrical stages all over the country as well as at home in NY.
He loved listening to everything from country to gospel to rock to blues but never thought he could sing that sort of music himself. But then a workshop production of a new musical required him to sing Country Music. A storyteller at heart, he connected deeply with the "truth" behind Country Music lyrics. He then had a lifetime's worth of Country Music education in about 3 months when he immersed himself in everything he could find...from the classics to contemporary. He started performing with a band and the experience of performing on stage without a character to play was both frightening and intoxicating. "I learned so much about myself in that time period. It was like a rebirth of sorts. And I just started writing about all of it". He eventually found his way to Nashville to record some demos and fell in love with the city. He soon realized that's where he had to be so he bought a car, packed everything he could fit and moved there about a year and a half ago...and hasn't looked back since.
He just finished his first full length album entitled "Breakline". It's soulful, it's dramatic, it's honest and it's fearless....four words that would describe Geoff to a T.
"I didn't want to come here and make another pop country album. I love that stuff, but it wouldn't be honest of me. I love Motown, I love STAX, I love Blues, Gospel, Southern Rock. That's all in there. And it all somehow makes sense together".
If you need a genre you can call it East Coast Southern Soul. Or you can just call it good old infectious fun. It's the sort of music that defies you NOT to tap your toe or shake that booty. The kind that you can't get out of your head. But then again....why would you want to?

Influences include (but not limited to): STAX, Travis Tritt, Motown, Big & Rich, Janis Joplin, Garth Brooks, Dusty Springfield, Joe Cocker, Merle Haggard, Marc Broussard, the Rolling Stones, The Mamas and the Papas, the Jackson Five, etc...

Lyrics

Long Way

Written By: Geoff Davin

Way back in high school
You thought you knew
Everything that you’d ever need to know
To get up and go, get up and go

But ain’t it funny
Just how easy
You can end up in an upended direction
Gear locked in low
Stuck in status quo

But you rise
Knowing every morning brings a new life
And a new chance
And a new light
That’s gonna shine the way to where your going
But know you got a

(chorus)
Long way
Down to the end of the dreams that you chased
When you still had a prayer
A long way
Back to the time when the future was wide
As a clear Texas sky
And it’s a long way
To get to the place where you
Stand up with pride
And look back and say
I’ve come a long way

You met, first kiss
Made love, promised
That you’d always be each other’s one and only
Light of the sun, light of the sun

But ain’t it funny
Just how easy
Plans can end up in a twist of misdirection
You say your done and think about running

But you stay
Cause every happy ending’s got a heartache
And a moment’s
Just a moment
But loving’s gonna take a lifetime
It’s a

(chorus)

(Bridge)
Tomorrow you don’t know
Which way the wind’s gonna take you
Each day is another
Small miracle wonder
Through which the good Lord’ll grace you
It’s a

(chorus)

Shine!

Written By: Geoff Davin

Shine! Lyrics

Little velvet box and a bottle of bubbly wine
He’s pacing back and forth trying to push it out of his mind
He set his heart in stone
Strongest heart she’ll ever know

He can’t wait to see her when she opens up the door
To find him kneeling on one knee
It’s the moment he’s been waiting for

He ain’t got much money
But his love runs deep and rich and strong
And all the money in the world don’t mean a damn thing
Without her sweet loving soul
And to him she’ll always

(Chorus)
Shine like diamonds
A burning, brilliant, precious stone
She’s gonna shine, shine like diamonds
So bright she’ll light the world alone

Little velvet box on an airplane in the sky
She’s trying to tell herself she’s got to push it out of her mind
She’s set her heart in stone
Hardest heart he’ll ever know

He told her to keep it even though she shut the door
On a future that she knew deep down
She wasn’t looking for

Cause he ain’t got much money
And her dreams run big and wild and long
And she needs her spotlight and a big stage
To ease the pain deep down in her soul
And always dreamed one day she’d

(Chorus)

She’s gonna shine!
She’s gonna shine, shine!
She’s gonna shine, shine shine, shine, shine, shine!

Little velvet box and a bottle of bubbly wine
She’s trying to tell herself gotta push it out of her mind
She broke his heart of stone
Strongest heart she’ll ever know

Shine

Discography

Geoff Davin (2004)
Breakline (2010)

Set List

Set list varies depending on show. It can be primarily my originals or it can include covers ranging from contemporary country to southern rock to southern soul. But it's always changing.
I can accommodate anywhere from a 45 minute set up to 4 hours.