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PATRICK DAVIS writes and performs songs worthy of your attention. And though he’s a newcomer to many in the country world, some of his songs are already contemporary country veterans. He co-wrote Jason Michael Carroll’s Top 10 hit, “Where I’m From,” as well as the closing track, “Be Wary of a Woman,” on fellow South Carolinian Darius Rucker’s platinum-level Learn To Live album. In 2011, his songs are being heard on new albums from Lady Antebellum, Jewel (Patrick and Jewel co- wrote 11 of the 12 original songs on the album, and Davis even sang harmony on the closing track, “Count On Me”), Josh Kelley and Carroll (he produced Carroll’s latest release).
Since moving to Nashville in 2002, he’s written with a wide range of collaborators, from contemporary voices Jewel and Dallas Davidson to formative influences such as Radney Foster, Hal Ketchum and Nashville Songwriters Hall of Famer Guy Clark (Davis co-wrote two songs on Clark’s latest studio album, and considers that a career highlight.). Raised on a farm in the central South Carolina town of Camden, Davis was actually born near Nashville in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where his parents had moved in hopes that his father could become a full-time studio musician. The family eventually returned home to be nearer to their loved ones, with his father teaching school on weekdays and playing music on weekends. And while Patrick loved listening to music – particularly the southern rock of the Allman Brothers and South Carolina’s native Marshall Tucker Band – he didn’t begin playing until age 17.
Patrick began opening shows for Hootie and the Blowfish, and the band’s Mark Bryan produced his debut CD. Davis knew Nashville as a song center, and he determined to move there. He arrived in Nashville in 2002, six months after graduating the University of South Carolina and four days after marrying his college sweetheart. While Music City hemmed and hawed over downloads and digital uncertainty, Davis figured he’d concentrate on what hadn’t changed in music: the road. His first four years in town, he toured 200 dates a year, concentrating on his native southeast and on a Texas music scene that welcomed this Carolina anomaly.
He wound up co-writing four songs for Green’s Cannonball album, including the Top 20 hit “Dixie Lullaby.” Davis signed with EMI Music Publishing in 2006, and he scaled back his touring in order to concentrate on songwriting. But he continued to headline shows in the southeast, and the connection with audiences was a constant tug.
Davis’ songs are peppered with the specifics of his life. “Numbers” was inspired by the death of his little brother, Roger Davis, on June 29, 2008. June 29 is also Davis’ wife’s birthday, and the couple celebrated her milestone that evening. Hours later, a red letter day turned awful.
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