Get your Southern-sanctified hard rock and metal majesty right here with The Joe Davis Band live, Saturday at Firewater 110, Rock Hill. A meeting of musical mindsets, this sound is closer to a classic metal throwback enriched by the over-the-top style of guitarist/band namesake Joe Davis.
Forget the screamo and go with this team of melodic heavy rockers delivering Southern-centric powerhouse music. Based in Kannapolis, N.C., JDB features Davis, lead vocals/guitars continuing his deliberate, confident climb toward a national spotlight. He is joined by Jeff McDonald, drums, and Keith Anderson, bass.
Davis unabashedly admits his addiction to guitars and the variety of sounds they make. In fact, let’s just go ahead and put it all out there with a nod to the possibility of “guitar voodoo” especially where Davis’ experience playing Duane Allman’s 1957 goldtop Les Paul guitar is concerned.
If you’ve ever wondered about the possibility that things hold the spirit of their former owners — well, that’s an affirmative as Davis refers to “stone cold magic” and the events that came together to make his tenure with this instrument happen.
Especially considering his eventual role as the only other man on Earth to record the song “Layla” with the exact guitar used on Eric Clapton’s original hit recording.
Seven separate album releases plus various write-ups in the magazines Guitar World, Guitar Legends and Guitar International further extol the virtues of Davis’ intention — all part of his lifelong passion for guitars and a knack for full-on live shows.
He puts it all right out there on stage to bring forth his fiery, heart-felt, down-home sound. Several things have come together for Saturday’s performance. “This show is special because we debut new drummer Jeff McDonald (from Gastonia),” Davis said.
“It’s going to be a really great all-original show,” especially where guitar sound is concerned, delivering what he calls “nuclear audio love.”
“We play hard rock,” he said, “but there’s this whole Southern vibe that’s undeniable.”
Just think Black Label Society meets Government Mule for “rock, power and diversity” utilizing “heavy riffs with real singing – real vocals.” Translated that means a team of musicians intent on hard rock driven by an undeniable Southern vibe.
Davis sends a shout-out. “We have a strong and loyal … fan base … judging by all the recent correspondence. So, we’re expecting them to come to see us here.”
Good rocking rolled into the mysterious charm of the South as interpreted by The Joe Davis Band Saturday along with Thermostat, D.A.D. at Firewater 110, 110 S. Cherry Road, Rock Hill. Call 329-2710 for show info. Visit thejoedavisband.com and reverbnation.com/thejoedavisband for more on the music.
More from the South
Look for lots of rock originating from this side of the Mason-Dixon line, including the “wild-eyed Southern boys” of Jackyl, live Friday at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte.
Raunch meets rock and roll running wide open with Jackyl, who shot out of Georgia and the Carolinas (the Worley brothers hail from the Seneca area) some 20 odd years ago right into national/international fame.
Since then, they’ve never backed down, never surrendered their drivin’ sound that’s straightforward, down and dirty hot rock ‘n’ roll boosted by a bawdy sense of humor.
It’s a mashup of Black Oak Arkansas, Allman Brothers, Ted Nugent and a little Lynyrd Skynyrd. The band is best known for a string of romping rock songs like “I Stand Alone,” “When Will It Rain,” “Push Comes to Shove,” and particularly “The Lumberjack,” which is devilishly embellished by lead singer Jesse James Dupree’s chainsaw solo/lead break. You have to see it to believe it.
Dupree is joined by his faithful “partners in crime” Jeff Worley, guitar; Chris Worley, drums; and Roman Glick, bass.
See the wild and untamed rock antics of Jackyl on Friday, along with 21st Century Goliath, Wayland at Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., Charlotte.
Call 704-6874 or check amossouthend.com for details.
More live music
Live music reigns this weekend and beyond.
Friday: LSD debut with Lee Johnson, Scott Bristow, Dusty Singleton at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Matt Tucker Band, Josh Fodick from the Josh Sawyer Band, Jeremy Graham from the Jeremy Graham Band, JJ Lawhorn at 1st Annual Singer/Songwriter Showcase at The Long Branch, Rock Hill; Mike Faulkenberry and The Whiskey Prophets at The Kickin’ Pig, Rock Hill; Boondox, Negative 6 Feet, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Balsa Gliders, The Showgoats at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; The Chemist at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; Travis Tritt, Lyndsey Highlander at Knight Theater, Charlotte; A Silent Film, Carousel, Matrimony, American Authors at The Fillmore, Charlotte; Taste of Bass-Super Genius at The Chop Shop-NoDa, Charlotte; Temperance League, Modern Primitives, more at The Milestone, Charlotte; The Dave Koons Band, Analog Daze at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Gaelic Storm at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; and Humming House at The Evening Muse, Charlotte.
• Saturday: Darrell Harwood and The Cool Water Band at The Long Branch, Rock Hill; EdgeOfTown at Luke’s, Rock Hill; David Griffin at The Sand Bar and Grill, Rock Hill; Weekends at The End Zone, Rock Hill; The Mighty Rhythm Busters at The Kickin’ Pig, Rock Hill; The Eddie Barnette Band at Amici Lovin Oven, Rock Hill; Oneppo Brothers Band at John’s Place, Fort Mill; Sonny Skyzz and The Rain Makers at South Siders Public House, Waxhaw; Gorilla Music Battle of the Bands at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Butterfly Corpse, Tattermask, Dreaming in Color, more at Amos’ Southend, Charlotte; Jem Crossland and The Hypertonics at Puckett’s Farm Equipment, Charlotte; Mama’s Love at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; Jesse Cook at McGlohon Theater, Charlotte; Wallace Coleman at the Double Door Inn, Charlotte; 2013 Wolves, Pig Mountain, Fire Marshall Bill at the Common Market-Plaza Midwood, Charlotte; Me, Myself and I Fest with Bo White, Andy the Doorbum, more at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; The Barb Wires at Comet Grill, Charlotte; The Midnight Ghost Train, more at the Milestone, Charlotte; Cliff Hale, Jeff Ward, Jim Garrett at Thirsty Beaver Saloon, Charlotte; Travers Brothers, Aboard the Brothership at the Evening Muse, Charlotte; Shotgun Saints at OneMor Bar in Concord; and Hair Nation at Fitz Raw Bar, Matthews.
• Sunday: Chubby Knuckles at the 1st Annual Chili Cook Off at The End Zone Bar and Grill, Rock Hill.
• Monday: Turisas, Firewind, Merzah, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; and Monday Night All Stars at Double Door Inn, Charlotte.
• Tuesday: Zappa Plays Zappa at Neighborhood Theater, Charlotte; and Bill Hanna Jazz Jam at Double Door Inn, Charlotte.
• Wednesday: Torche, Center of the Sun, more at Tremont Music Hall, Charlotte; Elevator Action at Snug Harbor, Charlotte; and Black Eyed Vermillion, more at Double Door Inn, Charlotte.
• Thursday: Soul Asylum at The Visulite Theater, Charlotte; and Flogging Molly, Skinny Lister, Dave Hause at The Fillmore, Charlotte.
“And that was all she wrote.”
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