Baseball is a game of patience. It is a game of details. Michael Davis is a die-hard baseball fan (his team is the St. Louis Cardinals in case you were wondering). Like the sport, Davis' musical career has been much about patience and trusting his instinct. While living in St. Louis, Michael recorded his debut album It is your corner, an introspective record that seemed to find the perfect balance of calm and tension. The album was followed by Brothers And Sisters EP, a batch of songs that eventually led to his move to Los Angeles. While on the West Coast, Michael learned not to "call his shot" too early in the game. He honed his craft playing a handful of shows with the likes of Dawes and A.A. Bondy, trusting that a slow and steady build was more important than a quick rise-and-fall from the top. His songwriting can be at times haunting, and recent solo performances caught the attention of some of the top musicians in the LA, including Nik Freitas, an esteemed songwriter who is also known for his work in Conor Oberst's Mystic Valley Band, and as a touring member of Broken Bells. With an excitement for his new batch of songs, and Freitas in the producer's chair, Michael hit the studio to record what would become Real Love, his first release as Michael Davis With Lions. The album finds Davis' wonderfully honest songwriting taking a sonic leap, resulting in his best and most dynamic work. With Real Love on the horizon, and a slew of upcoming LA dates, it appears that patience may be paying off, the bases are loaded, and Davis is up to bat.
-by Ben Schwartz