Clinton Davis is an old-time multi-instrumentalist and educator currently based in San Diego. A fifth-generation Kentuckian, Davis grew up with faint residues of old time music lingering in the air and in his family’s past. However, his love for traditional Southern and Appalachian musics blossomed after he moved to the west coast in 2009. He currently performs on guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, and piano as a soloist or as leader of the G Burns Jug Band. In 2015, No Depression called the Jug Band’s sophomore album, The Southern Pacific & The Santa Fe “a joyous and soulful restoration of one of the lost treasures of American musical tradition.” That same year, their album was also awarded “Best Local Recording” at the San Diego Music Awards.
Davis curates the Southern Pacific Sessions, a concert and video series in La Jolla which aims to help cultivate the next generation of audiences for traditional music in San Diego and Southern California.
As a composer, he has written music for theater productions on both coasts, including San Diego’s Old Globe. His music has traveled with productions touring the United States, Europe, and South America.
In 2016, Clinton earned his Doctorate in Music at the University of California, San Diego where he served as an associate instructor, leading a survey course in American roots music. He also worked as assistant audio engineer, producing recordings for students and faculty that have been released on Naxos, Mode, Populist, and pfMentum record labels.