I’m almost convinced that Christopher Davis-Shannon is truly from the 1930s, and accidentally stepped through a time machine to today. If that is the case, Mr. Davis-Shannon, I sincerely apologize for the hoopla of a world that you have stumbled into. But I also thank you for bringing a grooving splash of steady, rocking tunes with you. Continue reading →
With so many uncertainties still hanging over our heads as the year comes to a close, there is one indubitable truth that music lovers should be certain about — Christopher Davis-Shannon can always be counted on to deliver a killer cover song. Continue reading →
Retro-leaning singer-songwrtier Christopher Davis-Shannon has released a video for his Fats Waller cover, “Lulu’s Back In Town,” as part of his year-long jazz covers project.
The 1935 Waller classic is the latest in Davis-Shannon’s “mission to bring some lighthearted awareness to the concise pop sensibility of traditional jazz songs.” The video, directed by Joe Santiago, portrays Davis-Shannon and his band in a similarly vintage style, dressed up in old-school suits and performing on instruments from that time period. Continue reading →
Johnny Showcase and his “absurdist soul” band The Mystic Ticket take over Boot & Saddle tonight. The band is prepping for the release of their new record The Octopus, which will put the steamy, colorful vibes of their live show on vinyl. Check out the title track below and pick up tickets for the 21+ show here.
Yesterday’s Free at Noon performer Marco Benevento was also featured earlier in the week with his song “Witches of Ulster.” The track comes from Benevento’s new record Swift and showcases his experimental piano-based compositions. Stream and download the song below.
Stylish Philly singer-songwriter Christopher Davis-Shannon is marking the holidays with a free downloadable cover of “Christmas in New Orleans,” written by Dick Sherman and Joe Van Winkle and popularized in a 1955 recording by Louis Armstrong. It’s a swinging acoustic jazz sing-song number with bouncing upright bass and breezy harmonies. Continue reading →
Christopher Davis-Shannon is the featured artist in Cover Club, a new weekly series series from local blog Root Down in the Shadow. The concept is spotlighting a Philadelphia musician who covers one of their peers on Monday, and showcases an original track on Thursday.
This week that spotlighted musician is Davis-Shannon, a bassist in the jazz and singer-songwriter circuit who has performed with Angel Ocana, the Kelli Campbell Trio and others. “Mourning Dove” is a grass-roots folk song by fellow local Brad Hinton, and it is organic, simple and twangy in just the right way. Root Down describes Davis-Shannon as a musician into “honoring eras past”, and “Mourning Dove” is perfect old time finger pickin’ music. Watch Root Down’s video, recorded at Break Neck Studios, below.