Bluesman Guy Davis nominated for Blues Music Awards

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Son of late actor Ossie Davis nominated for three 2007 Blues Music Awards

Guy Davis, who’s performed everywhere from Late Night with Conan O’Brien to Broadway, has been nominated for three 2007 Blues Music Awards.

The Blues Foundation recently added Davis to the list of nominees, which also boasts Charlie Musslewhite and Irma Thomas. Davis is up for the Acoustic Artist of the Year and Best Instrumental/Other awards. His new album, Skunkmello, has also been nominated for Acoustic Album of the Year.

Davis, the son of late actor Ossie Davis, was born May 12, 1952, in New York City, and grew up hearing family accounts of life in the rural South. He quickly taught himself the guitar and became a young master of the nine-fingered picking style.

Throughout his career, Guy Davis hasn’t strayed far from traditional acoustic blues, and names Blind Willie McTell, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt and Buddy Guy as some of his influences.

Also an actor, Davis played opposite Rae Dawn Chong in the film Beat Street, and on television’s One Life to Live. He made his Broadway debut in 1991 in the Zora Neale Hurston/Langston Hughes collaboration Mulebone, which featured the music of fellow blues great Taj Mahal. In 1993, he received the Keeping the Blues Alive Award for his role as Robert Johnson in the off-Broadway hit Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil.

Skunkmello is Davis’ eighth offering since signing with Red House Records in 1995, and includes contributions from T-Bone Wolk from the Saturday Night Live Band, Mark Naftalin of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and John Platania, a member of Van Morrison’s lineup.

The 2007 Blues Awards will be May 10 in Memphis, Tenn., at the Memphis Cook Convention Center. More information can be found online at Guy Davis’ career highlights can also be found on the Web at

From the Dec. 20-26, 2006, issue

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