Stan Davis Music
Stan Davis decided to play the guitar at age twelve, after attending a concert by Pete Seeger. More than fifty years later, his finger-style, slide, and electric lead guitar playing spans the blues, ragtime, jazz, and folk music. Stan also plays bowed psaltery, blues harmonica, autoharp, mountain dulcimer, and trichordo bouzouki.
A life-long storyteller, Stan writes quirky, heart-felt story-based songs about real peoples’ lives across the human lifespan, in the tradition of Jim Croce, David Bromberg, Harry Chapin, Tracy Chapman, Dave Carter, and Arlo Guthrie. Other influences include Delta, Chicago, and Piedmont blues, and the music of Mississippi John Hurt.
Stan has performed throughout Maine- solo and as the lead guitarist in the duo Hurry Down Sunshine. He has played at One Longfellow Square in Portland, in Maine festivals including Pumpkin fest, the Common Ground Fair, the Alewife Festival, and the Turner and Winthrop gazebo concert series- also at art walks, libraries, benefits, farmers markets, in bars and restaurants, and for programs for homeless adults and in nursing homes.
His performances mix storytelling, audience interaction, original songs, and reinterpreted classics. Stan has released two CDs of original music; his third CD, “Don’t Know How,” will be released in early 2022.
Quotes from audience members:
*“A deep-thinking songsmith” *"Your music is a conversation with the audience."
*“Warm, witty and thoughtful folky insights into love, family and growing older.”
*“Songwriter with a bluesy vibe…” *"Hits my heart and soul- and also my funny bone."
*“Deep, funny, moving, insightful. Unique perspectives on life from the silly to the sublime.”
" I must state that I was immediately impressed with not only his songwriting (which has spot-on accuracy that touches the heart)
but his voice and musical backing that he supplied by playing acoustic guitar, delta slide guitar, lead guitar and harmonica."
(Lucky Clark, On Music)
A review by Maine poet Claire Hersom:
"Stan Davis' new album Walking the Hathaway Road, brings it all; the bluesy bass, the lyrical (but not-always-delicate) Maine humor, and does so from the heart of an incredibly diverse and talented songwriter, guitarist, harp player, and singer. Davis' musical versatility, his sense of syncopated rhythms and unique sense of composition allows him to bring whatever he needs to the listener, making this album one you'll find yourself reaching for over and over; or better yet, humming tunes from when you least expect to. It's one of those you plunk into the CD player in the car and travel down the highway with – you know – that musical conversation you want to keep company with whenever you travel; or just hanging out at home."
"Don't Know How" : The Songs:
To give you an idea about Stan’s music, here are descriptions of the songs on his upcoming CD:
• “Wasn’t a plan” - the story of my surprised careen through life.
• “All they know (is love and laughter)” - an anthem of hope for grandchildren
• “Let’s keep our love on simmer ” - a desperate ragtime tale of parents running on faith
• “Always coming home” - surviving business travel
• “Names” - a DNA test which revealed a family secret
• “She wanted to sing”- a family story of dreams unfulfilled
• “An oak is just a nut that stood its ground”
• “(If I vacuum) I might get hurt” - a cautionary tale of housecleaning
• “The busker in the subway”- a memory from the San Francisco BART
• “Helen’s Husband” -a story of love in actions instead of words
• “No Upgrades”- a love song that Helen’s husband could have written
• “God told Noah”- from the early days of the Covid pandemic
• “(Don’t Know How I Could Have Made It) Without You” - a hymn of gratitude
• “(I Would Do a Few Things Over) If I Could” - a bluesy meditation on regrets