In the middle a recent gig in San Diego, I was surprised and honored to receive the commission of Kentucky Colonel from my banjo student, fellow Kentuckian – and unbeknownst to me, Colonel – Sammy Knight. “The Kentucky Colonelcy is the highest title of honor bestowed by the Commonwealth of Kentucky.” It is issued by the Governor upon the recommendation of other Colonels “in recognition of noteworthy accomplishments and outstanding service to our community, state, and nation.” Thank you Sammy for nominating me for my study, performance, and teaching of Kentucky music, and for the surprise presentation! This really made my day/month/year/life.
I am proud to present my new album, “If I Live and I Don’t Get Killed” on Tiki Parlour Recordings. I started work on this album in March 2020 and it is finally, finally ready. So…PURCHASE IT HERE!
Clinton Davis has it all. It is hard enough to find a great traditional fingerstyle guitarist but how about one who is also a master of old-time fiddle, boogie piano and downhome banjo. Clinton is a master of all these instruments plus he is a wonderful singer. He is carrying on the traditional music torch of Mike Seeger
legendary performer, documentarian, and disseminator
of traditional American guitar
Clinton’s playing style is simply sublime, channeling the traditions of the clawhammer style, while adding just enough of a twist to make it his own. Meanwhile, his distinctive voice soars, taking you on a vivid journey through the vastness of the United States and beyond. He is a true gem to listen to and we are honored to work with him.
-Deering Banjo Company
America’s largest banjo manufacturer