Stuart Davis

Stuart Davis

BandAlternativeRock

New album features Grammy winning producer John Shanks, legendary producer Brendan O'Brien, Live's front man Ed Kowalczyk and Wendy Melvoin of Prince's Revolution, among others. The First single, "Already Free" is featured in Paramount's movie, "Drill Bit Taylor" starring Owen Wilson

Biography

STUART'S YEAR TO YEAR BIO
'71: Born January 11 in Des Moines, Iowa. Stuart enters the World surrounded by billions of corn cobs. What does it mean?
'72: Stuart's first word: "Wow."
'73: Stuart can dance. Not well. Not then, not ever. But in a hint of things to come, he enjoys a change of wardrobe. Although not formally trained in drama, he is theatrical. His Scandinavian relatives remark "...he's a bit of an showboat."
'74: A pair of skates. A stick. A puck. Something clicks. The Land of 10,000 Lakes discovers another gangly, gifted hockey player. Little boy Davis is skinny and maladroit, but he has the fire in his belly. And a wrist shot that often finds net.
'75: The Davis family attends Lutheran church often. Between Sundays, young Stuart rides his bike and innocently frolics in the glory of Minnesota's two seasons: Winter, and Pre-Winter.
'76: Stuart finally summons the courage to confront his parents about their strange guests. When will they leave? He is stunned when his mother and father tell him, "Those are your brothers."
'77: His hockey coach moves Stuart to the position of Center. It suits his generally curious typology, as he is free to roam the entire range of the rink.
'78: First kiss. A girl named Melanie persuades Stuart to lock lips one autumn morn behind John F Kennedy elementary school. A geyser of disorienting chemicals flood his already confused body. His mother soon learns of the tryst when she discovers a note from the girl. Stuart is in trouble. A new kind of trouble.
'79: Stuart hides the sugared cereal from his older brother Perry. Retribution is swift and severe. 99 noogies put Stu in his place. He gets a little better at sharing, and a lot better at hiding .
'80: Suddenly, it's the 80's. Like everyone, nine year old Stuart becomes rich, republican, and addicted to cocaine.
'81: Recovery. Stuart gets a job at a local grocery store. Can't remember what days he's supposed to work. Loses job at local grocery store.
'82: Stuart's father teaches him three chords on an old guitar. Stuart learns to play "Amanda" by Waylon Jennings. It has two chords. Stuart has a chord left over. Profit.
'83: Stuart spontaneously takes the stage at his school's Fall Fling dance. Backed by a cover band, he belts out Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Gimme Three Steps". Young Stuart suddenly understands the meaning behind the Rush song "Limelight".
'84: Stuart quits hockey in order to focus on music. Hockey players respond badly.
'85: Because of his new role as a songwriter, boys get tough with Stu at parties. Girls get soft with Stu at parties . He sells hockey gear, buys an electric guitar.
'86: Stuart records his first full length album, My Baby Is A Snake and duplicates hundreds of casettes. He sells them at his school.
'87: Davis follows the success of 'Snake' with a Self-Titled cassette, which he releases his Sophomore year of high school. The more introspective tone of this album widens his fan base to include art students and introverts.
'88: Stuart begins performing frequently. Coffee shops, parties, and pep rallies put him on the regional map as one of... many... songwriters.
'89: His senior year Stuart is crowned home-coming king. His reign is a sordid one, peppered with impropriety and indulgence. Leaning into the scandal, he releases Idiot Express. It features the single "Love Is A Punch In The Throat", which scores big with despondent shoe-gazers all over the Midwest.
'90: College. Stuart majors in classical guitar and orchestral composition at the University of Minnesota Mankato. He buys a ferret. They party their asses off.
'91: Stuart transfers to Minneapolis. Performs more, studies less.
'92: Quits school, becomes full time musician. Tours Minnesota, Iowa, the Dakotas, and Wisconsin year round. Releases new CD, Big Energy Dream. St Paul Pioneer Press calls Davis' voice "mellifluous", sends Stu rifling through the Oxford English Dictionary.
'93: Stuart begins to expand his tour itinerary. Illinois, Missouri, and Colorado are added to the travel log.
'94: Davis releases Self Untitled, his first taste of radio and a wider audience. A critic's favorite, it makes many "best of" lists for the year, and sells well. Minneapolis Star Tribune say "Not since Bob Dylan broke through has Minnesota produced such a confident and creative songwriter and social observer." Bob Dylan withholds comment. The song Only Changing Drugs becomes a cult classic.
'95: Stuart's life long fascination with languages inspires him to get a private tutor. He studies Latin, and names his next album Nomen Est Numen, Latin for "to name is to know." The album features many career-making classics, including Stephen's Exhibition, Female Friend, Amsterdam, Fall Awake, and Atavistic Viking. It receives national radio play, and puts Stuart on the nationally syndicated radio show The World Cafe. Stuart begins practicing Zen in the Soto lineage. The Lutheran community observe

Lyrics

Already Free

Written By: Stuart Davis

Something simple in me
woke up, already free
A thousand stories, removed
living proof, nothing to prove

But I needed a push
to get me to see
wherever I am
I'm already free

Hearts and minds collide
twist together, opening wide
My head is beneath, my feet are above
tangled up in the comedy of...

I needed a push
to get me to see
wherever I am
I'm already free

I dug a tunnel
when I needed a lift
such a fool
just afraid of a gift
Something subtle
started to shift
now I'm soaring
over cliffs

But I needed a push
to get me to see
wherever I am
I'm already free

The River

Written By: Stuart Davis

everyone i've ever loved
met in the river
and was afraid of
getting in the river
now i'm falling
and i

feel a million arms around me
when i get in the river
every color of light surrounds me
when i get in the river
every thought i have dissolves
here in the river
i'm gonna let love wash it all
here in the river

get in the river

i've seen strange sages
get in the river
leading demons
into the river
now they lead me
and i

feel a million arms around me
when i get in the river
every color of light surrounds me
when i get in the river
every thought i have dissolves
here in the river
i'm gonna let love wash it all
here in the river

get in the river

i'm in the river
get in the river
we're in the river

Wand

Written By: Stuart Davis

i've been breathing
a volcano
in the basement
of my navel

i stuck my straw into the sun
and sucked some light into my lungs
love made a wick out of my tongue

the kiss of death
put daisies on my breath

pain
pain is a puzzle
one look and i saw double
fear
fear is a riddle
that made my bones brittle
love
love is a wand
one wave
and riddle's gone

what i feel is
flowers pushing
through the tissue
of my torso

she dropped some seed
into my wound
step up
my chest is gonna bloom
wish you'd get a whif
of this perfume

and meet the wife
that brought me back to life

(chorus)

i fight it
and i fight
but it never fails
that my eyelids
are the hardest veils
took a hand
to slap my face
put me back in touch
with grace

(chorus)

Twisted Mystery

Written By: Stuart Davis

with a bruise in the shape of my personality
a scar from the barbs in the jagged fallacy
a crude little letch that is trapped inside of me
it's a twisted mystery

are you gonna role your eyes at me?
i guess that's what stings
cuz i only came to help
myself
to everything

do you wanna take a shot at me?
well, you'll have to hit yourself
cuz i'm hiding in your head
and i'm having fun in hell

you could make a chain around the world
if you gathered up the girls

with a bruise in the shape of my personality
a scar from the barbs in the jagged fallacy
a crude little letch that is trapped inside of me
it's a twisted mystery

a forced apology
married to a melody
makes "sorry" sound so sweet
and easy to repeat

i'm sorry, can't you tell?
no neither can i
or anybody else
and it makes me wanna cry

maybe i would if i knew how
but i'm busy drinking now

with a bruise in the shape of my personality
a scar from the barbs in the jagged fallacy
a crude little letch that is trapped inside of me
it's a twisted mystery

Sugar Bullets

Written By: Stuart Davis

All I ever wanted was
to get laid in a haunted house
All I ever wanted was
to punch out Mickey Mouse
All I ever wanted was just
breath mints in cigarettes
All I ever wanted was
one blonde and one brunette, so

Pull that pistol, tease that trigger
make that missile blow up bigger
Sugar bullets, shoot off my
Sugar bullets, shoot off, shoot off

All I ever wanted was the
Buddha, without Buddhism
All I ever wanted was just
Jesus Christ without the Christians
All I ever wanted was the
peace and love without the pot smoke
All I ever wanted was the
porno flicks without the plot, so

Pull that pistol, tease that trigger
make that missile blow up bigger
Sugar bullets, shoot off my
Sugar bullets, shoot off, shoot off

Baby, we're skin-pinatas stuffed with plasma
Aren't we?
Sweet stigmata stains the mattress
Aren't we Kundanlini-meets-Karate?
Knocks me out of my own body

Pull that pistol, tease that trigger
make that missile blow up bigger
Sugar bullets, shoot off my
Sugar bullets, shoot off, shoot off

Deity Freak

Written By: Stuart Davis

Somebody buy me a drink
get this ritual on
Let the Deity freak
prove the peity wrong
I'm too clumsy to dance
too ecstatic to care
if I'm losing my mind
because it went every
where
deep space is ready to sneeze
and what we believe
is bouncing off the altar

Party like a pop star
Make a lot of love
Detonate the Deity
Keep it feeling freaky

I wanna bury my face
in the nape of your neck
I'm leaving something behind
another whimsical wreck
I feel I could faint
You keep kissing the scars
and connecting the dots
between billions of
stars in darkness
speaking in tongues
using our lungs
spill the secret teaching

Party like a pop star
Make a lot of love
Detonate the Deity
Keep it feeling freaky

Looking in the mirror, staring at a stranger
Staring at a stranger, looking in a mirror
Maybe it's a message?

Get out of the way,
Get out of the way,
Get out of the way (Bodhisattvas!)
Wake up as the way
Wake up as the way
Wake up as the way

Party like a pop star
Make a lot of love
Detonate the Deity
Keep it feeling freaky

Discography

Something Simple (2008)
┬┐What (2006)
Bell (2003)
The Late Stuart Davis (2002)
Self Titled (2001)
Bright Apocalypse (1999)
16 Nudes (1998)
Kid Mystic (1997)
Nomen est Numen (1996)
Self Untitled (1995)
Big Energy Dream (1994)
Idiot Express (1993)

Set List

With 12 albums in his arsenal, the average Stuart Davis show is far from average.