Monday, July 19, 2010
The Backporch Summer Music Series included a debut from Shreveport's new sensation, Matthew Davidson. The twelve year old musician played to an enthusiastic crowd Saturday night. The mixed demographics of young and young at heart appreciated Matthew's exceptional talent on the guitar. Matthew's love of popular Beatles' tunes were shared with the audience as many people sang along. John Lennon would have loved it! And John Lennon would have loved Matthew Davidson.
"We enjoyed our evening at The Farm last Saturday. Thanks so much for everything. I've posted a picture of Matthew playing at The Farm on his website and Facebook already, and added it to his bio information. Hope this will help call attention to what a neat place you have! Minden was good to Matthew last week!" - Ella Davidson
The next backporch musician is expected to perform Saturday, July 31st. Cultured Pearl recipient Ben Jenkins will grace the backporch at the Farm with some of his original music. The newly signed artist will release his new CD. It promises to be a great night. Admission is $5 and we welcome everyone at the Farm.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Cultural Crossroads will host their second in a series of musical experiences at the Farm this Saturday in Minden. The Backporch Summer Music Series will feature the talents of 12 year old guitarist and vocalist, Matthew Davidson of Shreveport. The Farm, located at 417 East Union in Minden will open it's gates at 6:30pm with the show to begin at 7pm. Admission is $5. Patrons are invited to bring their ice chests and food. While chairs are provided, lawn chairs are also welcomed. "We are so excited to be able to bring Matthew to Minden,"states Leslie Coyle, chairman. "He'll play two sets from 7pm to 9pm." Matthew got his first toy guitar at the age of 3, and he hasn't stopped playing since! He started taking weekly lessons on an acoustic guitar in the second grade and won his first electric guitar in the 2007 James Burton Guitar Showdown. He was one of eight student guitarists selected to play with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Buddy Flett at their 2009 Artbreak Concert. Matthew placed in the Top 10 in KTAL's "Ark-La-Tex's Got Talent" contest, and he won their online voting contest. He won the Middle School Division of the 2010 Artbreak Talent Show and has been invited to perform at the 2010 Red River Revel.
Matthew's musical taste was largely acquired from listening to his dad's CD collection of music by The Beatles, Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Doobie Brothers, Jimi Hendrix, and Chuck Berry.
Matthew's 3-piece band made their debut on June 25 at the Madison Park El Chico in Shreveport, LA. Matthew has recently played public performances with Robin & the Bluebirds at Mudbug Madness, the T-Bone Walker Blues Fest, the Sportspectrum 5K Firecracker Run, and area restaurants. He has also played at Artbreak, The Naked Bean, the Farmer's Market, Artspace, Christian Services Hospitality House, 516 Texas Street, Captain Shreve High School, Caddo Middle Magnet, South Highlands Elementary School, and at Ellerbe Road Baptist Church, where he plays weekly in the youth band.
Matthew's previous guitar instructors were Russell Newman and Brian Flanagan. His current teachers are Jerry Beach and Brad Kozak. He is currently enrolled in the Caddo Parish Talented Arts Program for Music.