Clinton Davis is an old-time multi-instrumentalist and educator currently based in San Diego. A fifth-generation Kentuckian, Davis grew up in Carroll County 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.
In 2015, Davis became an official Deering Artist, partnering with the Deering Banjo Company and appearing in their catalog showcasing their Goodtime Americana instrument. In 2017 Davis and Deering partnered with San Diego’s Center for World Music to launch their “Banjos in the Classroom” program, which brings group clawhammer banjo lessons to San Diego’s public schools.
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.
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.