Governor Davis & the Blues Ambassadors

Governor Davis & the Blues Ambassadors


Davis and his three bandmates serve up thick, meaty slabs of the blues, steaming and funky like a BBQ picnic on the Fourth of July. Management & Booking: Jan Kline/JK Promotions 317-596-8850


GOVERNOR DAVIS & THE BLUES AMBASSADORS is a 5-piece blues -- injected with soul/R & B/rock influences -- outfit based in central Indiana. Formed in January ‘91, the act is comprised of Governor Davis on guitar and lead vocals, Steve Robbins on guitar/mandolin/vocals, Ron ‘R.C.’ Coffman on drums, Allen 'Smooth' Banks on bass, and Frank Loyd on percussion/vocals. Their repertoire includes original music written by Governor and Steve, as well as blues covers ranging from John Lee Hooker to B.B. King.

Known for its feel-good music, tastefully spiced with a little humor and a lot of fun, GOVERNOR DAVIS & THE BLUES AMBASSADORS is an audience-iinteractive show -- Gov often leaves the stage to dance with the audience, playing guitar with his teeth, and bringing audience-members up on stage to dance and sing back-up.

“ ...these guys are pure entertainment. The dance floor was full of sweaty bodies groovin’ hard and the band’s stage presence reflects their title with SRV-esque blues/rock covers and sassy originals...”
-- Charlie Workman, NUVO Newsweekly

Governor’s blues-based roots stem from early exposure to the form in its native habitat, Chicago. Growing up in Chicago with the name Governor may be the main source of his energy. The name was traditional for the first-born son of each generation, and it provided plenty of hassles. Gov’s first musical influences came from his family -- his father played piano on weekends at Chicago’s north side clubs, and his Aunt Ollie, a church organist, taught him piano and provided Gov with much of his gospel influences. As a teenager Gov went to the Regal Theatre whenever he had the admission price. It was there that he saw many of the hottest blues/soul/R & B artists of the time, most notably James Brown, Gov’s biggest influence with regard to showmanship and entertainment.

Gov’s father got him his first job, running errands for the owner of Walter’s Corner -- one of Chicago’s hottest clubs on the west side at the time. It was there that Gov got to see such blues legends as Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Junior Wells, and Little Milton perform, and where he met Cash McCall, who introduced him to Chicago’s music scene by letting him sing with his band occasionally. When Cash’s band asked Gov to front them while Cash toured Europe, both Gov’s father and Cash talked him into accepting a music scholarship offered by Vincennes University instead. It was there that he taught himself to play the guitar. After graduating from Ball State University, Gov made Muncie, Indiana his home where he worked, until his retirement, as a job-search counselor.

“We’re a people band...I want the show to be visual as well as musical. I like motivating the crowd. I do it in counseling, and I do it in performing. When a musician takes to the stage he becomes an entertainer...the crowd becomes a part of the action and excitement.”
-- Governor Davis

Since its inception in 1991, GOVERNOR DAVIS & THE BLUES AMBASSADORS has achieved a growing popularity in Indiana. The act performs an average of 170 shows per year in the U.S., as well as Governor touring Scandinavia (40 shows in 6 weeks) in 2005 (mid-February – March). The band performed at Wet Willie's on Beale St., Memphis, TN, as part of the Blues Foundation's International Blues Challenge 2006, on January 26-27. While in Memphis they jammed at the Rum Boogie, the Blues Hall, and were invited back to Wet Willie's for an 'encore performance'. The band has been voted in the top 3 blues band category in NUVO Newsweekly’s Best of Indy Reader’s Poll eight of the last nine years, and have performed at the following festivals and special events:

International Blues Challenge, Memphis, TN (2006)
Whistlestop BBQ Fest, Huntsville, ALA (2006)
Blues at the Crossroads Fest, Terre Haute, IN (2002-'06)
Madison Ribberfest, Madison, IN (2002)
Indy Jazz Fest, Indpls., IN (2000, '01 and '06)
Bodacious Blues-B-Q, Carmel, IN (2005-'06)
Grand Opening weekend of Indy’s Conseco Fieldhouse for a pre-Pacers game show and at ‘Fan Jam’, an open house at Conseco on Nov. 6 & 7th, ’99.
Taste of Lafayette, Lafayette, IN (2004)
Bean Blossom Blues Fest, Bean Blossom, IN (2003)4-H Fair, Marion, IN (2005-'06)
Abbondanza Fest, Terre Haute, IN (2006)
Blues & BBQ Family Reunion Fest, Indpls., IN (2006)
Danville Blues Fest, Danville, IN (2002 & '06)
Bus Stock w/WJAA, Seymour, IN (2000-'06)
Muncie Rib Fest, Muncie, IN (2006)
Reds, Whites & Blues, Carmel, IN (2002 & '06)
St. Joan of Arc French Market, Indpls., IN (1998-'00 & '06)
Corn Fest, Sullivan, IN (2004 & '06)
Indiana Roof Ballroom, Indpls., IN (2006)
Vintage Indiana Wine Fest,Indianapolis, IN (2003)
Zoobilation, Indpls., IN (2000 and ‘04)
Kroger CircleFest, Indpls., IN (1996 -‘99)
St. Christopher's Elementary, Indpls., IN (2006)

They have performed at the following clubs:
Knickerbocker Saloon, Lafayette, IN
Riehle Bros. Entertainment Complex,


LIVE: Governor Davis & the Blues Ambassadors (2001) - available through and
I Am The Governor (1997)
"Soul Town" (Monumental Mix: The Music of Kroger CircleFest, 1997)
"Shake Your Moneymaker" and "Faith" (Live From the Slippery Noodle Inn, Vol. 2, 1994)

Set List

Ain't No Sunshine - Bill Withers
Ain’t That The Blues - Governor Davis
Ain’t Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations
All Your Love - Otis Rush
Baby, I Want to be Loved - Muddy Waters
Back Door Woman - G.Davis & S. Robbins
Big Ten Inch - Aerosmith
Blues Is Alright - Little Milton
Blues Thang - G. Davis & S. Robbins
Blues With A Groove - Steve Robbins
Boom Boom - John Lee Hooker
Booty Song - Little Charlie & N.C.
Born Under A Bad Sign - Albert King
Chain of Fools - Aretha Franklin
Cold Shot - Stevie Ray Vaughan
Congo Square - Neville Brothers
Constant Sorrow - Traditional
Corinna - Traditional
Crosscut Saw - Albert King
Crosseyed Cat - Muddy Waters
Crossroads - Robert Johnson
Darlin’ - G. Davis & S. Robbins
Dead Flowers - Rolling Stones
Divin' Duck - Yank Rachell
Don’t Forget To Boogie - G. Davis & S. Robbins
Don’t Want You No More - Allman Brothers
Downhome Blues - G. Jackson
Dust My Broom - Elmore James
Flip, Flop, Fly - Big Joe Turner
Fly Me To The Moon - Fra