Josh Davis Band

Josh Davis Band

BandRock

Texas Rock and Roll with Soul. Think Allman Brothers, Black Crowes, or Robert Randolph, with that elusive Texas flavor.

Biography

Texas Rock and Roll with Soul: that’s the mantra of the Josh Davis Band. Together they are restlessly honing a live sound of true rock and roll; infectious rhythms and warm, tube-amp driven riffs in the tradition of the Rolling Stones, the Allman Brothers, Government Mule and the Black Crowes. They have wasted no time making their presence known, including performance at the Main Street Arts Festival in Fort Worth, the Bikes Blues and BBQ festival in Fayetteville, Arkansas, and opening slots for such established artists as Mickey and the Motorcars, Honeybrowne, and John Nitzinger.
Josh Davis grew up in Fort Worth, Texas, and studied blues, rock, and jazz guitar under one of the best guitarists in the state, Dave Millsap. Dave has toured and recorded with some of the world’s most renowned musicians, including Bonnie Raitt, Albert Collins, and Delbert McClinton, and received a Grammy nomination for his work on Delbert’s 1989 album, Live in Austin. Barely in high school, Josh shared the stage with Dave several times at local blues joints like J&J’s Blues Bar and the Jazz Cafe.
In 1999, Josh spent a year in Oxford, Mississippi, performing country, bluegrass, and southern rock with singer/songwriter Ken Edwards. In 2000 he relocated to Austin, Texas, and founded the rock/jam band Forty Thieves. They steadily gained momentum, logging over 100 shows annually in 2003 and 2004 all over the state. Fall of 2004 brought the release of their debut full-length album, I Don’t Owe You a Thing, as well as sponsorships from Bud Light and ESPN Radio, and radio play in several major Texas markets. Forty Thieves parted ways roughly a year later, giving their final performance in February of 2006. Immediately after, Josh went to work playing lead guitar for the Josh Brown Band. Hold You Down, a song written by Davis, will be featured on their upcoming studio release. They quickly hit the road, performing all over Texas until Josh left the group in October of 2006 to once again focus his efforts on his own material.
Currently, Josh is performing and writing with his new band in Fort Worth, Texas. He has recently spent time in the studio with Texas legend John Nitzinger, and is hard at work on House in the Hills, a brand new record that will be released in 2009. He has been the subject of a feature article in the Fort Worth Weekly and was a two-time finalist in 95.9 The Ranch’s Pick n’ Party songwriting contest. Bassist Rick Rigsby has enjoyed heavy radio play for Stop Six, his smooth jazz collaboration with Joseph Vincelli, and was voted into the Texas Tornado of bass Hall of Fame by Buddy Magazine. Lead guitarist Caleb Keeter has toured Arkansas, Oklahoma and Missouri with Copasetic and later with Joey Farr. With a new record in the works, and experience under their belts, the Josh Davis Band is truly ready to rock.

Lyrics

Leaving Carolina

Written By: Josh Davis

the sky is clear and the dawn is piercing
sharp as the whiskey still clinging to my breath
I pray and I know the Lord ain't listening
still I may find redemption yet
I pay my debts the best I can
catch your eye in the rearview and
I'm leaving Carolina for good my friend
I never really wanna go back again

picking up the pieces of a tragic situation
trying to leave my demons all behind
faded in my rearview are the great big appalachians
I'm leaving carolina for good my friend
I never really wanna go back again

many times I've dreamt of an Austin morning
just to wake up to the setting Carolina sun
but the years go by and there ain't no warning
just the neon lights and the damage done
but Carolina is a drying well
and I ain't got no soul left to sell
smokey old bars and cheap motels
sometimes the only way to heaven is straight through hell

my baby in the back she sleeps so sound
nothing but interstate for miles around
gonna keep on driving right through the night
gonna keep on pushing till the morning light
gonna push that engine hard and fast
we ain't stopping except for gas
I'm leaving Carolina for one last time
and I really don't care what I leave behind

House in the Hills

Written By: Josh Davis

Gonna make a little money put it in my jar
Got a half a gallon jug in the trunk of my car
and that hotel illness got me stuck in my bed
and I could wake up in the morning dead

But lately I've been feeling fine
I just wanna stay high baby all the time
with just enough money left to pay my bills
I tell you what I want right now
you know I don't care why and I don't care how
I want a pocket full of money and a big house in the hills

I'm gonna make a little visit to the killing floor
with a hundred dollar illness and a 90 day cure
and a half-cocked woman made her home in my bed
and I could wake up in the morning dead

Discography

House in the Hills (LP): Debut record due March 2009.

Set List

We typically play 3 one hour sets. Original material and cover.

Covers include:

Atlantic City: Bruce Springsteen
Bobby McGee: Janis Joplin version
Come Pick Me Up: Ryan Adams
Crazy Eddie: Reckless Kelly
Crosstown Traffic: Jimi Hendrix
Dead Flowers: Rolling Stones
Don't Let Me Down: Beatles
Friend of the Devil: Grateful Dead
Hey Hey What Can I Do: Led Zeppelin
Into the Mystic: Van Morrison
Lights are on but Nobody's Home: Albert Collins
Like a Rolling Stone: Bob Dylan
L.A. Freeway: Jerry Jeff Walker
Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard: Paul Simon
Mr. Jones: Counting Crows
My Hometown: Charlie Robison
Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da: Beatles
Ramblin Man: Allman Brothers
Remedy: Black Crowes
Shape I'm In: The Band
She Talks to Angels: Black Crowes
Soulshine: Warren Haynes
Trouble: Ray LaMontagne
What's Going On: Marvin Gaye
Whipping Post: Allman Brothers
Wonderwall: Oasis
You Wreck Me: Tom Petty