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DAVEY SMITH BAND
September 26, 2014 @ 9:30 pm | $7.00
Organizer: Rhythm & Brews, Phone: (423) 267-4644 https://www.facebook.com/RnBChatt
David William Smith was named for his great-grandfathers (one was a coal miner and the other was a fiddle player) and his great-uncle, a World War II hero. Davey’s music bears the mark of this legacy. His mother is an educator. His father is a sportscaster. Most of his life, Davey has lived in Whitwell, Tennessee. Since 2000, Chattanooga has been his home.
By the time he could walk, Davey wanted to talk to everyone. He’d shake their hands and say “Hidey”. His momma wanted him to play with Tonka toys, but all he wanted was a ball and a guitar (with strings was nice, but not necessary). By the time he was three, he had discovered Elvis and he sang around the clock, danced and played ball(often at the same time).
At Crossroads Elementary, Davey sang in the Glee Club and made the Honor Roll. At Whitwell Middle School, he continued to sing in the choir, but it was here that he discovered football. He was a starter on the team from the first game he played. By the time he graduated middle school, he had earned MVP honors in football and all conference honors in football and basketball. He was a baseball All-Star and the homerun king. He hated math, loved English, and especially loved the girls (they loved him back).
It was a big change when Davey left his hometown school to attend Boyd Buchanan School in Chattanooga. With the urging of his parents and his middle school football coach he was convinced to go to Boyd with the goal of preparing for college. At Boyd, it was all about sports for him. Grades and school work were necessary evils to be eligible to play. By the time he graduated high school, he’d set records, won championships and a few hearts. He was a one name phenomenon…Davey! He was a finalist for Tennessee’s Mr. Football and earned a full scholarship to The University of Tennessee @ Chattanooga to continue his football career. But his senior year saw the first of several tragic losses that few young people have experienced.
That year Davey lost his grandfather, Oscar Morrison. Oscar inspired the song ‘Coal Miner’s Blues’ and when Davey sings it he introduces the song as being about the man he thought of was Superman, John Wayne, and Paul Bunyan, all rolled into one. That year Davey also lost two of his closest friends. One was shot at point blank range and the other died shortly after graduation due to the effects of long term drug use. When these things happen, you never stop asking the questions why, how, what might have been, or what you could have done. Sometimes you can only write about your feelings in a song. And that’s just what Davey did.
His career in football ended due to injuries and surgeries. That left music. Davey sees his music has being about his loves, his losses and his life. Through his music, you come to know and to feel…the coal miner, the pretty green-eyed girl, the old man at the bar, the boy that never had a chance, that warm summer night, that family, that friend, that great day, that moment of sorrow. He laments the day of ‘old school country’ and sings about the days of Merle, Waylon and the Man in the Black himself: Johnny Cash. Though his sound has been described as classic country and Davey cites the classics as influences, his music isn’t just anybody’s music…it’s Davey’s music.
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