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MP3 Matthew Davis and the Notorious Bail Jumpers - Vicious Cycle

Rock and roll, blues, country-crossover and ballad.

8 MP3 Songs in this album (39:01) !
Related styles: ROCK: Hard Rock, BLUES: Blues-Rock

When I was 14 I stayed with my uncle, an FBI agent in Oak Park, Illinois, during the summer. He lived 2 or 3 blocks from the “El.” I would sneak out at night to go to Rose’s and Lilly’s with my acoustic guitar. Being naïve at the time, I look back now and think about being the only white boy in the black clubs and grossly under-age. They thought “we can’t kill him so let’s show him how to play.” So I learned to play guitar from the blues legends.

While attending UW-Madison I jammed with John Lee Hooker who said I was “all fingers and no soul.” I was only 16 at the time.

I played with the Ohio Express.

Clint Black came into Musicville (a music store in Houston, Texas where I worked) one day in the 1980’s. He knew I played with the Ohio Express. They had gotten gold records. I gave him Bill Ham’s phone number and address (the manager and producer of ZZ Top.) I didn’t get any thanks or recognition for the referral.

My band was the house band at Harbor Lights on McCarthy Dr. in Houston. It was at this point in time that a local businessman, Johnny Ringo, introduced me to Lightnin’ Hopkins. I even got to play with Lightnin’.

One of my original songs was Pick-of-the-Week in Billboard magazine in the 1980’s.

I made the road my home from 1967 until 1995. I started out with a Cadillac Hearse and moved up to an ambulance. My band and I would drive up to Spring Valley, Illinois to the teen club with the lights and siren on, running through all the red lights (well, there weren’t many – it was a small town.) We’d pull up and to the club and all the little kids would be out there cheering. The little old lady that ran the youth center used to call me a good boy and would give me a big hug. Her husband would sit quietly behind the scenes. I didn’t know until the 4th or 5th visit that he was the local sheriff. He never gave us any problem about driving through town with the lights and siren on. This is my most special memory from my early touring days.

I categorize my music as lust-rock, hard rock, country-crossover, in-your-face blues.

My song writing process is derived from my life experience as well as my fantasies. It’s up to the listener to find common ground in the music.

I have found new friends and more exciting opportunities to create new, even more exciting music.

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