Brad Davis – The Texas Tornado

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Brad Davis – The Texas Tornado

Brad started guitar lessons in his hometown of Fort Worth, Texas at the age of five. Shortly after, his brother Greg started playing the banjo and Brad started picking bluegrass. As teens, the duo formed into the bluegrass band Ten Degrees, recorded their first record and hit the bluegrass festival circuit.

Excited by an invitation to join Ricky Skaggs band, Brad wasted no time packing up and moving to Nashville. Once there, he discovered the job had been given to another musician. Scrambling for a way to pay the bills, Brad became a roving fiddle and guitar minstrel at Opryland. Brad’s talent caught the eye of many in Music City and Marty Stuart offered Brad a job in his band.

Ever since then, Brad had some of busiest fingers in Nashville, touring with Sweethearts of the Rodeo, the Earl Scruggs Family and Friends Band, Billy Bob Thornton and Sam Bush, as well as recording and performing as a solo artist.

Brad has recorded with Willie Nelson, Pam Tillis, Dwight Yoakam, Steve Earle, Travis Tritt, Emmylou Harris, Sheryl Crow, Warren Zevon, Joe Diffee, mark Chesnutt, and many others.

Brad writes a column for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine and is the author of a line of music instructional courses distributed internationally by Mel Bay.

May 15, 2011
Dietz Bros.
Topanga Canyon Banjo & Fiddle Contest

May 17, 2011 @ 7:00pm
West LA Music
11345 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90025
(310) 477-5432

May 19, 2011 @ 6:30pm
Alvas Music
1417 West 8th Street
San Pedro, CA 90732
(310) 519-1314

May 23, 2011 @ 7:00pm
Redphish Music
404N. Spence Ave.
Goldsboro, NC 27530
(919) 778-7020

May 24, 2011 @ 7:00pm
Rock Bottom Music
758 Broad Street
Augusta, GA 30901
(706) 724-1172

Brad’s Takamine Guitars

Brad is a dreadnought guy. His choices in Takamine are cutaway Nashville Series instruments. Both feature calibrated “bear claw” spruce tops, one with solid rosewood back and sides (TNV360SC) and one with solid mahogany back and sides (TNV340SC). Bracing is a vintage scalloped design, moved slightly forward for better low-end drive. Brad prefers a Takamine Cool Tube® preamp when he plugs in. Other than thousands of hours of practice and several truckloads of natural talent, there are no other secrets to the Brad Davis sound.

Brad in Recordings and on Television

For more than a decade Brad has been featured on several recordings, soundtracks and has had countless television appearances.

Recordings include:

Sweethearts of the Rodeo – Beautiful Lies, No Gold on the Highway
Marty Stuart – This One’s Gonna Hurt You, Honky Tonkin’s What I Do Best, The Pilgrim, We Must Believe In Magic (Marty Stuart & Willie Nelson)
Billy Bob Thornton – Billy Bob Thornton, Billy’s 60’s Pop Record, Desperate One
Daisy Dern – Daisy Dern
The Johnny Cash Tribute Record on Sony Records
Mickey How Art Thou on Disney Productions International
Warren Zevon – Knocking On Heaven’s Door
Sam Bush – New Sugar Hill Release

Soundtracks include:

Steven Seagal – Kentucky Thunder
Billy Bob Thornton – Daddy and Them, Waking Up In Reno (Miramax)

Television appearances include:

Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) – Marty Stuart Band
Tonight Show with Jay Leno (NBC) – Billy Bob Thornton Band
Good Morning America (ABC) – Marty Stuart Band
Among others…

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