Feature article by John Duffy, MyRuralRadio.com
Varied and interesting approaches to songwriter
and performance. It also helps if one has an effortlessly
engaging voice that wraps warmly around a song.
Louisville, Kentucky native Andrea Davidson has
both, and an ever evolving approach to music making.
After learning guitar in high school because she
was “tired of asking other people to play
chords for me,” Davidson worked as a legal
assistant through grad school, all the while making
a decent living playing covers.
A three-year old EP contains half a dozen melodic,
inventive, and engaging tunes that make up the core
of Davidson’s performance, but newer music
has her as excited as ever about playing live. Davidson
has recently decided to avoid the well-worn singer-songwriter
process is humbling and slightly intimidating.
But it’s a discovery.” The most important
move, she says, was to invent new tunings to write
in. “I have no clue what I am playing. I
just feel around for a chords that sound the way
I want it to.” The goal, she says, is to
avoid playing things that feel predictable.
On several new songs she experiments with various
forms of string muting, and has even begun playing
a seven-string guitar. “That extra string
is tuned to a low B so it’s like having
a bass at my fingertips as well.” Davidson
recently constructed a simple drum kit that can
be played with both feet.
“So I have the guitar with the low bass
sounds, kick and snare and my guitar.” The
purpose is not to be a novelty act, but to be
in control of every pulse and note of the song.
“I’m just trying to be authentic,
I am not trying to reinvent pop music,”
At the same time, she has almost entirely dropped
acoustic sounds from her new creations. “I’m
very into electric sounds these days; their character.”
For Andrea, it is the central characteristic of
her creative process.
“Sometimes I get bored with my older songs,
but I’m trying to maintain a healthy relationship
with them. I always get most excited about what’s
new. Musically, I’ve never been more excited.”
Andrea Davidson’s New EP ”Inspirit“
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Andrea Davidson’s sound crosses the line between
the arresting vocals of Patty Griffin and the funky and
sensual musical backdrop of Bill Withers. She combines
loops of vocals, guitar, and percussion to create a live
performance that is sweetly stunning. Her songs are passionate,
honest, and hopeful.
does not write to fit a genre. Her creative process consists
of tuning into herself and the moment, which allows the
freedom of many different types of expression to emerge.
utilizes her musical career to assist in the co- creation
of a better world. She deeply believes in the interconnectedness
of all things. She has an unshakable faith in the power
of humanity to heal itself, mother earth, and all life
on this planet. Andrea emanates a profound sense of gratitude
on stage. Her musical presence infuses a breath of positiveness
and hope into those who attend her live performances.
Andrea aspires to be a constant reminder that our life
is our art.
Andrea Davidson song, once heard, will be stuck in your
head while you’re lying in bed. Come wired or tired,
she promises you will leave inspired.
wins Tipperary Song Of Peace Award
Kentucky singer/songwriter Andrea Davidson was
the clear winner of the Tipperary Song of Peace
Final in Tipperary, Ireland on Saturday June 4th.
Scoring a perfect 10 from each of the four judges,
Andrea beat off strong international competition
to take the top prize of €1,500 plus Tipperary
Crystal Trophy. The Final was one of a number
of peace related events that took place in Tipperary
and was organised by Tipperary Peace Convention.
presented to Afghan Human Rights Activist, Dr.
Sima Samar. The Song Contest Final was held in
the Tipperary Excel and along with Andrea Davidson
from Kentucky. U.S.A. it also featured finalists
from Germany, England, Scotland, Northern Ireland
and Republic of Ireland.
song that Andrea performed in the Final was titled
“Natchez Trace” and is one of a vast
collection of original compositions from this
talented singer/songwriter. The song was perfomed
by Andrea and featured Scott Moore on fiddle.
Andrea has played well over 1,000 shows ranging
from clubs to festivals and theatres. She has
toured extensively and recently completed a musical
residency in Santa Monica, California.
was a very popular winner with the Tipperary audience
and received a huge ovation when the result was
announced and returned to the stage to perform
a reprise of the winning song. She also performed
the winning song at an Ecumenical Service in St.
Mary’s Church, Tipperary on Sunday June
her stay in Tipperary, Andrea also performed for
the puipls of Shronell National School as well
as ‘gigging’ with the other contestants
in Tony Lowry’s Pub. The Best Irish Entry
in the Song of Peace Contest was composed by Co.
Down songwriter Ken Warke. Titled “Love
is Everything”, the song was performed in
the final by well known Tipperary singer, Margi
Maxwell and they received the Mick Tuohy Memorial
Cup for being the winners of this category.
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