By Anne M. Raso
We’re very excited about 14-year-old guitarist/songwriter Matthew Davidson from the Shreveport, LA area. There are not many eighth graders with these kinds of chops–and his appearances in his neck of the woods led legendary Wrecking Crew bassist Joe Osborn (who also lives in the Shreveport area) to sit up and take notice enough to want to perform and promote the adorable young performer. It’s nice to see young people not going the “pure pop” route. Did we fail to mention that he’s been jamming since the tender age of seven? Now, that’s incredible!
Matthew respects Justin Bieber, but he’s not trying to be a teen idol–he wants to be known for his guitar licks and admirable songwriting skill. There are several great videos by Matthew on YouTube now including ones with Osborn on bass–just the guitar and bass together sound like a whole band. We wish the best for Matthew because we respect all the time he has put into honing his craft and we are happy that someone of Osborn’s stature–who has played on records by everyone from the Monkees to Frank Sinatra and who discovered The Carpenters many years ago–is help taking him to the top. Osborn tells us, “What makes him different than other players his age is that he is like a seasoned veteran performer already. You can tell that he really loves what he is doing!”
Matthew has been gigging on a regular basis, and one of the venues where he really garnered major attention of both fans and local deejays/TV personalities was onstage at the legendary Shreveport Municipal Auditorium stage. He submitted a video of himself playing a rockin’ version of “You Are My Sunshine” with Osborn in to a contest sponsored by Louisiana Public Television–it won and Matthew got invited to perform it live at the legendary auditorium where the Louisiana Hayride was held weekly. (In case you didn’t know, the Municipal Auditorium famous for being the place where Elvis got his big break and played often from 1954 to 1956). He’s also knocked ’em dead with his axe at the King Biscuit Blues Festival, the East Texas State Fair and the Pinetop Perkins Homecoming Celebration.
Our personal favorite jam by Matthew that we can’t help stop hitting the YouTube “REPLAY” button on? Matthew’s cover of “Steppin’ Out” by John Mayall And The Bluesbreakers there. He reminds us of a very young Jeff Beck in this clip. If you are in the holiday mood, be sure to check out his version of “Rock And Roll Christmas” by George Thorogood & The Destroyers. The wunderkind destroys the stage. Matthew’s YouTube channel might just be our personal holiday stress reliever, LOL!
For more info and to purchase Matthew’s debut EP Step Up, go to www.matthewdavidson.net and tell ’em that THE MAC WIRE sent you if you post on his message board!
(Photos by Neil Johnson/Courtesy matthewdavidson.net.)