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"Newspaper Review"

"Something Simple shimmers with pop savvy" - USA Today


"Newspaper Review"

"A Renaissance Man for the 21st Century." - Duluth News Tribune


"Newspaper Review"

"Avant-garde pop mastermind." - Duluth Budgeteer


"Newspaper Review"

"While this latest collection of songs is solid from top to bottom, its immediate standout is the synth-heavy "Deity Freak," which, like Davis' 2001 hit "Rock Stars and Models," is indeed Top 40 material." - Duluth Budgeteer


"Radio Review"

"We were blown away by Stuart's pure genius. Finally a songwriter with something to say. We booked him on the show, calls started coming in "Who was that? Who was that you had on World Cafe?" - Bruce Warren, WXPN/ World Cafe


"Newspaper Review"

"Davis may be the best songwriter you've never heard of." - Des Moines Register


"Newspaper Review"

"Not since Bob Dylan burst through has Minnesota produced such a confident and creative songwriter and social observer." - Minneapolis Star Tribune


"Online Review"

"A rare genius." - Ken Wilber, Author/Philosopher of Consciousness


"Newspaper Review"

"Without exaggeration, Stuart Davis is one of the most fascinating and exceptional songwriters in modern music." - San Jose Metro


"Newspaper Review"

"Razor-sharp improv. Lurking amid the minutiae of his observations on life and the Universe are some startling insights. Davis pulls off the most elusive of party tricks...Even the gods were grinning." - Irish Times, Dublin Ireland


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)

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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