Bluegrass musicians plan June performance in Vermillion

The Vermillion Area Arts Council, in cooperation with The East River & Missouri Valley Bluegrass Music Association is pleased to announce that Bluegrass recording artists David Davis & The Warrior River Boys will be performing in concert on Thursday, June 13, at The Washington Street Arts Center, 202 Washington St., Vermillion, at 7 pm.

Advanced tickets for this performance are available for $10 through the Vermillion Area Arts Council and the East River & Missouri Valley Bluegrass Music Association. Tickets at the door will be $12.

Carrying on an Alabama family tradition, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys offer audiences a rare glimpse at the role of frontman in American music. In Chicago Blues, it was Muddy Waters and the legendary Howlin’ Wolf. In Bluegrass Music, it was Bill Monroe. Rather than operating under trendy “hit” oriented schemes, frontman/mandolinist David Davis simply nurtures his roots with integrity, tonal depth and prose.

A featured favorite band for several years on WAMU-FM radio from American University in Washington DC., David Davis and the Warrior River Boys first recorded a couple of projects for the Rounder label in the early 90’s. They also recorded heavily on WAMU DJ Ray Davis’s Wango label throughout the decade and into the early 2000’s. These legendary Ray Davis “Basement Tapes” have garnered a cult following over the years, many of the sides resurfacing on the Time Life label. David and the band garnered rave reviews with their self-titled 2004 release on Rebel Records. USA TODAY noted the band’s “Sure-fire picking and train-whistle harmonies’” Indeed, the “White Album” was a turning point for the group; Sing Out Magazine declared Davis “An excellent instrumentalist in the Monroe style of mandolin,” and that “ Davis is among the most emotive, capable, and underappreciated singers in Bluegrass.” The band’s highly acclaimed Rebel release from 2006, “Troubled Times” and 2009’s “Two Dimes and A Nickel” continued to take the listener deeper into Warrior River Boys soul and were testaments to the band’s musical evolution.

After nearly thirty years of continuous touring and recording, David and the band have received many laurels, both individually and collectively. The band has been featured in national Bluegrass media Bluegrass Unlimited magazine and Bluegrass Today, the daily electronic e-magazine. A 2010 inductee into the Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, David is widely recognized as one of the foremost Bill Monroe-style mandolin practitioners in the genre. As a band, David Davis and the Warrior River Boys continue to be at the forefront of defining Traditional music to today’s audiences.

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