Many mark their 30th anniversary with the lustre of pearls as a gift, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys begin its 2014 milestone with a nomination for its leader. Davis will appear at the 39th Annual National Old Time Country, Bluegrass and Old Time Folk Music Festival in LeMars, Iowa on August 25. Davis of Cullman, Ala. is included among the nominees to the National Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame beside Hee Haw star Lulu Roman and John Carter Cash.
“David is a deserving bluegrasser, and that's one of our priority genres,” said Bob Everhart of the National Traditional Country Music Association. “It is definitely a special honor for which to be nominated,” he said. “The fact that so many different types of artists and different segments of American music genres are represented here make it even more significant.”
Since taking the reins in October 1984, Davis and his band traveled millions of miles while garnering a faithful following of folks who care about their music through scores of appearances on stage, television and radio. Promoters have welcomed their traditional sounds, comedy, and flawless musicianship to entertain their audiences at the largest outdoor festivals and premier indoor venues in forty-six states, the Bahamas and all Canadian Provinces.
While his current release "Two Dimes and a Nickel" is on Rebel, his catalog includes releases on Rounder, Wango and Time Life. He recently donated his time to raise funds for Appalachian music scholarships on the Share America Foundation CD “Mountain Opry Memories” performing “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” with International Bluegrass Music Museum Legend Randall Franks, “Officer Randy Goode” from TV’s “In the Heat of the Night.” It is available at www.shareamericafoundation.org or download ITunes and Amazon.com.
David and the band plan an extended 30th Anniversary Tour including a number a special events and surprises beginning this month extending through October 2015. Among the Warrior River Boys are Marty Hays playing bass, Robert Montgomery on banjo, Stan Wilemon on guitar and Ben Sanders on fiddle.
For more information about the National Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame, visit http://www.ntcma.net/ and to learn more about David Davis and the Warrior River Boys, visit http://daviddavisandwrb.com/