Guy Davis bringing blues to Bath tonight

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bath – Guy Davis will perform at The Chocolate Church Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Friday.

He’s got some Blind Willie McTell and some Fats Waller, some Buddy Guy and some Taj Mahal. He’s got some Zora Neale Hurstonn, some Garrison Keillor and some Laura Davis (his 104-year-old grandmother).

He’s a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer.

But most importantly, Guy Davis is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of Davis’ creativity. Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces.

Davis’ creative roots run deep. Though raised in the New York City area, he grew up hearing accounts of life in the rural south from his parents and especially his grandparents, and they made their way into his own stories and songs. Davis taught himself the guitar (never having the patience to take formal lessons) and learned by listening to and watching other musicians. One night on a train from Boston to New York he picked up finger picking from a nine-fingered guitar player.

Throughout his life, Davis has had overlapping interests in music and acting. Early acting roles included a lead role in the film “Beat Street” opposite Rae Dawn Chong and on television as ‘Dr. Josh Hall’ on “One Life to Live.” He made his Broadway musical debut in 1991. For the past decade, Davis has concentrated much of his efforts on writing, recording, and performing music, releasing seven albums.

Tickets for the show are $17 to $23 and can be purchased with Visa or MasterCard by calling The Chocolate Church Arts Center at 442-8455. For more information about The Chocolate Church Arts Center’s upcoming events, visit the Web site, chocolatechurcharts.org.

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