Eddie’s Attic in Decatur will be the venue as Nashville-based singer/songwriter Patrick Davis returns to Atlanta on May 3rd.
Davis, known for both his love of singing and songwriting is a busy man these days.
“It’s never boring,” says the country singer/songwriter when talking about his life in Nashville.
If you aren’t familiar with one of the best young dual threats in country music, you need to be, because he’s going places and he uses gadgets and devices we all own to do his job.
He’s written songs for the likes of Darius Rucker, Lady Antebellum, Jewel and he co-wrote Jason Michael Carroll’s Top 10 hit, “Where I’m From.” Raised on a farm in South Carolina in the 1980s, Davis did what any boy growing up in the South did, he played football. He also listened to music and Southern rock in particular, that was why a move to Nashville was a natural progression for Davis.
Davis took time out of his busy songwriting and rehearsing schedule to talk with me about where he see himself in country music and since this is a gadget and technology column, how technology impacts his job and the country music industry as a whole.
I started out by asking Davis a familiar question in whether he considers himself a singer that likes to write songs or a songwriter who likes to sing. The answer Davis explains, is a bit like the music industry as a whole, it’s complicated.
“It fluctuates,” offers up one of Nashville’s brighest young stars. “I started out as a singer that needed some songs, and when I moved to Nashville, I dove head-first into songwriting, but it goes back and forth.”
Davis’ problem, is that he is friends with many of the top country acts in the world and the lure of writing their songs is pretty strong. Davis even was fortunate to attend a big wedding a little over a week ago and he’s part of the reason that union happened.
“My wife and I have been good friends with Dave (Haywood) and everyone with Lady Antebellum for a long time,” admits Davis. “I was at the wedding and I don’t want to say my wife and I are the sole reason for the marriage, but we set those two up.”
I guess Davis can add matchmaker to his already crowded plate of being a country singer and a songwriter. As well as being one of Charles Kelley’s best friends and good friends with Hillary Scott as well.
With Davis being so busy, he really appreciates the technology he uses in his craft.
“In Nashville, 99% of the songwriters use a computer and that would be a Mac,” offers up the young songwriter. “We all use it because we like Garage Band and it’s so easy to use.”
It’s kind of refreshing to hear, as millions of us Mac and iPad users have Garage Band on our operating systems. Davis likes it because it is simple, but he has also used Logic in the past to record some songs.
In a pinch, and when he doesn’t have anything else, Davis said he has turned to his iPhone and its voice recorder to capture a tune or a lyric.
“My world is recording, so I have to be ready all the time and today we are all so connected.”
For listening, Davis says he has a little Bose wave speaker that allows him to listen to his loops and creations much louder than on a phone or tablet.
Davis also realizes that throughout history, technology has always changed faster than legislation, so the music industry got caught with its pants down as customers downloaded millions and millions songs illegally.
“It took longer that we thought for things to allign and get in place or what people could and couldn’t do,” Davis stated. “I found that people will do the right thing as long as they know what the right is.” I couldn’t have said it any better myself.
Davis says it’s all easy to see now, so he prefers to move on and look to the future, but he said songwriters were hit hard by all the illegal downloads.
“We’re the last to get paid, so it impacted us,”
For his Atlanta show, Davis will be part of an acoustic trio.
“I love getting down to Eddie’s Attic and Atlanta’s music scene has a great history,” mentioned Davis. “I’m going to have Pat Blanchard from the Atlanta area and he played guitar for Shawn Mullins as well as Brandon Bush, and his more famous brother is Kristian Bush of Sugarland fame.
Davis says he will mix in some of his older songs with a fair amount of songs that are brand new and not many people have heard before.
“I’m working on a new album, so I’m going to try out some of the new songs on the Eddie’s Attic folk,” admitted Davis.
To sum up, Davis says he is now writing so many songs over the course of the year, he doesn’t get to play live as much as he would like.
That is why this show at Eddie’s Attic on May 3rd is going to be so special. Get out and see Patrick.
Patrick Davis will be at Eddie’s Attic on May 3. Tickets can be purchased here: http://ticketalternative.com/Events/18087.aspx