Bluesman Guy Davis at Boothbay Harbor Opera House
Guy Davis once said, “I like antiques and old things, old places, that still have the dust of those who’ve gone before us lying upon them.” Blowing that dust off just enough to see its beauty is something Guy has excelled at for over 20 years of songwriting and performing.
It’s no wonder his reverence for the music of the Blues Masters who’ve gone before him has been evident in every album he’s ever recorded or concert he’s given. On Wednesday, July 19, American Bluesman Guy Davis comes to Maine to perform at the historic Opera House in Boothbay Harbor.
Guy has had his musical storytelling influenced by artists like Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy, and his musicality from artists as diverse as Lightnin’ Hopkins and Babatunde Olatunji. However, there’s one man that Guy most credits for his harmonica techniques, by stealing and crediting from him everything that he could, and that man is the legendary Sonny Terry.
Guy’s newest album, “Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train – A Look Back at Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry” is an homage to these two hugely influential artists, not only on Guy’s career, but to thousands of musicians around the world. Recorded in the summer of 2016 in Milan, Italy the album features the original, title track song written by Guy Davis, songs by both Sonny and Brownie, as well as songs known to have been recorded and performed by the famed duo written by their contemporaries, such as Libba Cotton and Leadbelly.
Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, earning him the title “An Ambassador of the Blues”. His work as an actor, author, and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. What music and acting have in common, he explains, “is that I don’t like people to see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do. I want them to hear me and be uplifted. And I want some little eight-‐year-‐old kid in the front row to have big eyes and say, ‘Hey, I want to do that!’.”
Come hear what Guy Davis does exceptionally well this summer. Tickets are currently available through the Opera House box office at 86 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor, or by calling 207-633-5159. Tickets and information are also available online at boothbayoperahouse.com. Special advance purchase tickets are $20.Tickets purchased on the day of the concert are $25. There is a $2/per ticket, ticket handling fee.
Doors for seating open at 7 p.m., music starts at 7:30. This performance is made possible thanks to generous support from the Lafayette Group of hotels.