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David Davis And Warrior River Boys Play Bluegrass May 6

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Bluegrass performers David Davis and the Warrior River Boys will perform at the 26th Annual Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival at Grand Theater, Raccoon Mountain Campground and RV Park at 319 West Hills Dr. on Friday, May 6. Music begins at noon. Among the Warrior River Boys are Marty Hays playing bass, Robert Montgomery on banjo, Stan Wilemon on guitar and Ben Sanders on fiddle. The three-day event begins Thursday, May 5 and features Davis and 22 other acts.

Alabama native and member of The Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, David Davis has traveled and preformed as frontman for the bluegrass group, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys since 1984. He is recognized as one of the foremost practitioners of the Monroe mandolin techinique. His interest in old-time and bluegrass music grew organically from a musical family, both his father and grandfather were players and singers. His uncle, Cleo Davis, was Bill Monroe’s original Blue Grass Boy. Davis carries on an Alabama family tradition directly linked to the origins of Bluegrass Music.

Bluegrass Unlimited wrote of the group

Back in the 1930's, his father and two uncles played and sung in the brother style traditions of early Country music. Uncle Cleo joined Bill Monroe as the very first Bluegrass Boy in 1938. David's father, Leddell, went off to WWII and lost his right hand in a mortar accident. While his dad's dream of making music may have been shattered, he never lost his love and devotion to the music. In fact, David carried his father's love shared in the family farmhouse near Cullman, Ala. innocently down the road, never suspecting the impact on his life.

David Davis and the Warrior River Boys also offer audiences a rare glimpse at the role of front man in American music as did Muddy Waters and the legendary Howlin' Wolf in Chicago blues and Bill Monroe in bluegrass music. Rather than operating under trendy "hit" oriented marketing schemes, front man / mandolinist David Davis simply nurtures his roots with integrity, tonal depth and prose.

After a couple of Rounder label projects in the early 90's, he guided recordings on Ray Davis' Wango label throughout the decade and into the early 2000's. These legendary "Basement Recordings" have garnered a cult following over the years, many sides resurfacing on the Time Life label.

Their highly acclaimed Rebel releases "Troubled Times" and "Two Dimes And A Nickel" continue to take the listener deeper into WRB soul and offer testimony to the band's musical evolution.

Among his desires were to harness the traditional energies of the past and charge through to a new sound and new look that would appeal to larger audiences, he said.

I wanted to pull from my influences from the Louvin Brothers to Jimmie Rodgers and the Carter Family, to honor their contributions but at the same time forge a path and sound for myself in the country music industry where many artists simply mimic whatever seems to be popular at the moment,” he said. “Millions of people, from all backgrounds in countries around the world still tap their toes when they hear Flatt and Scruggs, they are still moved by the high lonesome sound of Bill Monroe or the haunting voice of Ralph Stanley.

Millions of fans have seen him in person at concerts and festivals and millions more on television on RFD-TV and radio.

After 30 years of continual touring and recording, David and the band have received many laurels, both individually and collectively. A 2010 inductee to the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, David is widely recognized as one of the foremost practitioners of the Monroe mandolin technique. He will be inducted in 2014 to the National Old Time Country Music Hall of Fame beside Hee Haw star Lulu Roman and John Carter Cash.

Collectively, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys continue to be at the forefront of defining traditional music to today's audience. Whether festivals, big city night clubs, concert halls or local coffeehouses " ...front man David Davis and the Warrior River Boys jam a big bluegrass wallop into a concise package for today's audiences...hard-charging energy that makes it stand out from the pack..." (Bluegrass Unlimited)"

For more information about the group, visit www.daviddavisandwrb.com. For more information about Rebel Records, visit www.rebelrecords.com. Raccoon Mountain Campground is located West of Chattanooga on I-24, Exit #174 (Lookout Valley), North 1.3 miles on Hwy. 41, left into campground. For more information, call 706-820-2228 or 423-605-7975 or visit http://BoxCarForeverBluegrass.com/

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