Steve Davison

Steve Davison

BandFolk

I am a solo instrumental fingersytle guitarist who performs original compositions on 6 and 12 string guitar. My style is a mixture of folk, jazz, blues and americana influences. My compositions lean heavily on melody and clarity, not on virtuosity.

Biography

Mr. Davison is a finger style guitarist who composes on both the 6 and 12 string guitar. An aging hipster, his musical career started at age 12 playing the drums in a multitude of rock and roll bands. At the tender age of 19 he saw a performance on solo acoustic guitar by a performer named Thom Ward (who he would really like to locate!) in Denton, Texas that changed his life. He put down the sticks and picked up the guitar and started a life long journey of discovery.
He realized (too late according to some) that he really couldn't sing so he eventually turned to solo instrumental music. His compositions are built around simple melodic structures and focus on the intimate qualities of the wooden guitar and the tonal possibilities of alternate tunings that give the guitar such an extraordinary range. His influences range from the jazz stylings of Fayetteville’s Claudia Burson (who taught him what was musical and what wasn't) to the work of finger style guitarists such as Leo Kotke, Ed Gerhard and Pat Kirtley.
Mr. Davison is a 2 time finalist and 2005 winner of the solo competition at the Arkansas Acoustic Music Festival at the University of Central Arkansas. Mr. Davison has performed Riverfest, Acoustic Sounds Café, Peace Acoustic Café, Advent Café, The Poet’s Loft and other acoustic music venues around the state. He has opened for such artists as Richard Thompson, Pierre Bertaud, Emily Katz and Ken Bonfield.
Mr. Davison was a featured performer on Arkansas Educational Network Television’s “AETN Presents” broadcast and his music was also used as a soundtrack for another AETN production, “The Historic Bridges of Arkansas”.
“Of Woods and Water” a cd of original music was released in the fall of 2004.
When he isn’t playing guitar, Mr. Davison runs a marketing and communication firm, Beechwood Consulting Inc.

Discography

Of Woods and Water

Set List

My sets are comprised of material from my CD interspersed with a handful of songs from other composers and newer original compositions that have not been recorded.