Clinton Davis is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator born and raised in Kentucky and currently living in San Diego, California. With guitar, banjo, fiddle, harmonica, mandolin, and piano, Clinton sifts through America’s musical past. With the G Burns Jug Band, Davis arranges music of country, blues, and jazz greats from before World War II for a five-piece ensemble. In 2015, celebrated roots music publication No Depression called them “a joyous and soulful restoration of one of the lost treasures of American musical tradition” and their second album received a San Diego Music Award.
Clinton is an enthusiastic singer of American shape-note music. He has travelled to every corner of the country to sing these unique tunes of acapella harmony with others. In the summers of 2013 and 2014, he toured the Sand Mountain region of Alabama, where such singing has existed as an unbroken tradition for over 150 years.
As a composer, he has written music for theater production and on both coasts, including San Diego’s Old Globe. His music has traveled with productions touring the United States, Europe, and South America. His work with Brooklyn’s Lone Wolf tribe was praised in San Francisco’s SF Gate and SF Weekly during their 2011 tour of the West coast.
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.