Davin James honors his heritage, and it reflects with pride in his music. Respectfully traditional, Davin embraces country music with emotion. The son of a riverbank singer and campfire guitar picker, this Mississippi-born artist follows his heart to perform the country music from which he was raised in those rugged backwoods.
Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Davin spent his youth in Louisiana and Arkansas, later growing up in Southeast Texas. When James was just knee-high his father would take him on overnight hunting and fishing trips. At the close of the day, under a blanket of stars, next to a crackling fire, they'd sit. It was here, surrounded by the peace and solitude of primal nature, his father would play the guitar and sing songs from early country radio. Those outings made a lasting impression on Davin, and he absorbed the music that surrounded him. By twelve, Davin had picked up the guitar and had seriously begun to play the instrument himself.
James was deeply influenced by this father, who passed along his love for the rich music and heritage of the South. Davin's passion for making music also came through other influences such as Merle Haggard, George Jones and Bob Wills. The Southern Rock band, Lynyrd Skynyrd offered up inspirational playing for James, but his world stopped when he heard Hank Williams, Jr's "Whiskey Bent and Hell Bound." "He put all that stuff together..." Davin shares, "...Hardcore Honky-tonk, Blues, Gospel, Southern Rock." Like Hank, Davin is unwilling to confine himself to a 'box'. With echoes of the greats of Southern Country, Rock and Blues in his heart, he puts his unique stamp on the rich combination of the musical sounds that originate from Dixie and the Lonestar State.
As a high school freshman, Davin launched his musical career when he joined a band with some school pals from the Future Farmers of America Organization. Since then, he's become an accomplished musician, songwriter, vocalist and entertainer. He's demonstrated his talents in the studio not only as a musician but also as a producer recording a number of independent projects. Elevating his mainstay as a singer-songwriter, Davin became a BMI writer. He recorded and released three independent CD's under his Bullnettle Records logo (Magnolia/Nowhere Lounge/Making My Mark) enjoying collective sales of over 10,000 units.
Davin James is larger than life, but even Big Dav can't contain the music that explodes when he steps up to the microphone and slings his guitar. He's pure showmanship through and through. Davin figures, "there's no point in getting up on stage if you're not willing to strut your stuff." Davin describes himself as an "unconventional" traditional country music artist whose drive is to be "genuine and honest with the music." He describes his live performance as a spontaneious show that interactively captures and embraces the audience. His powerhouse vocals are tailor-made to perform music that stretches from soulful Gulf Coast Blues to electrifying Southern Rock to deep Hard Roots Country. Davin tops it off with a performance that grabs the audience and never lets go. He's an entertainer right down to the tips of his colorful flashy handmade boots.
Davin James' personal brand of Southern Country Music has been honed by a lifetime of dedication that is now enabling him to expand his national reputation as an authentic Country Music artist. He has a confidence in who he is as a singer/songwriter/performer. He's made his own sound. He is what he writes about...and the next generation of Southern Country Rock is awaiting his emergence.