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United States - North Carolina

Clifton Davis

Here’s some brand new music by Clifton Davis and Doug Pitts. Cliff and Doug have created a tasty new kind of sound that incorporates elements of Blues, Folk, Rock and Jazz. They call it “Southern Swamp Music.” Many of their songs relate to “down-home living”, on and around the North East Cape Fear River in coastal North Carolina. The duet has produced 9 full length CD’s of original music so far, and are currently working on # 10.

Cliff grew up in Burgaw, North Carolina. He writes the music and lyrics. You’ll hear him on vocals, accompanied by one of his Martin acoustic guitars. Occasional spice is added when he wails the harp, plays a flute or picks his pre-Civil War, fretless mountain banjo. Cliff’s musical influences range from Chet Atkins to Simon and Garfunkle…, Robert Cray to B. B. King. Intricate finger picking and a counterpoint base line are often found in his rhythmic guitar, artistic style. Cliff's rich vocal quality has often been compared to that of Elvis Presley... with lyrics that are both clever and entertaining.

Doug Pitts, born the son of a Railroading man, plays lead guitar for the duet, often caressing a vintage 1964 Fender Stratocaster, or one of his incredible Anderson electric guitars. Originally hailing from Florida, Doug has musical roots in the sounds of Eric Clapton, Joe Bonamassa, Carlos Santana, Ronnie Earl and Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits. From wailing blues licks to “grit and punch,” he has complete mastery over his instruments, delivering a smooth groove that is both insistent and engaging. As a lot of folks say, "Doug sure can make that box talk! Wow!"

Says Davis, … “I want our music to chronicle the sounds, places and life experiences of real people… river moonlight to rough moonshine. I love to tell a story, and like to give room for a song to evolve and musically bloom. We like to paint musical pictures. I have been playing guitar, banjo, harmonica, flute, etc. for all of my life. My good buddy and lead guitar player, Doug Pitts, is an amazing talent. Doug often lets the music continue to develop in a song until he absolutely tears it up with blistering lead lines in the middle of most of our tunes, then we settle back into our own little Swampy Groove for a songs' finale. Friends have been encouraging us to finally publish our own music, so here it is. We call this music "Southern Swamp Music." I grew up on folk, rock and blues in the South, and the music incorporates all of those elements. Some people say they hear an element of jazz in the chords I like to play, with the accompanying syncopated rythms and such. however you label it!” Dougs' playing is sweet icing on the cake... you'll want to have some more... guarantee!

It’s “Southern Swamp Music,” featuring Cliff Davis and Doug Pitts.