Guy Davis Brings 21st Century Blues To Willamette

Guy Davis, described by Real Blues as "the blood transfusion acoustic blues needed to survive into the 21st century," will appear in Cone Chapel, Willamette University, Tuesday, Oct. 24 at 7 p.m.

The show, free and open to the public, is the first of two that comprise this year's Contemporary American Singer Songwriter Series, organized by the Willamette University Office of the Chaplain.

Davis, a resident of Harlem, N.Y., is touring in support of his new CD for Roundhouse Records, "Butt Naked Free," named by Guy's son Martial because of the feeling he got after listening to one of the instrumental tracks.

Also a composer, actor, director and writer, Davis is primarily a bluesman and has dedicated his career to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories, and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces.

The son of actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, he has appeared both on- and off-Broadway himself, including an engaging one-man show, In Bed with the Blues: The Adventures of Fishy Waters. In 1993, Davis won the Blues Foundation's W.C. Handy Keeping the Blues Alive Award.

The Contemporary American Singer Songwriter Series brings artists representing different voices, regions and ethnicities to Salem audiences. The second installment of this year's series will feature Tish Hinojosa on election night, Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2000.