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Blues musician Matthew Davidson to perform Saturday

By Special to the News Messenger
April 11, 2012 at 10 p.m.

<p>Greg Walton, keyboardist, Chris Campis, bassist, Kyle McClanahan, drummer and guitarist/vocalist Matthew Davidson will perform Saturday, April 14 at 8 pm on the Telegraph Stage.</p>

Fourteen-year-old blues guitar prodigy Matthew Davidson and his band are coming to Marshall Saturday night to perform on the Telegraph Stage.

Kids, parents, grandparents and grandkids will love Matthew, said Birthplace of Boogie Woogie program co-director Nancy Canson.

"He is amazing on the guitar and it's thrilling to see such talent at such a young age," Ms. Canson said. "Plus, he's a terrific kid and he puts on a wonderful show."

Matthew has wowed audiences across the south, and at festivals from King Biscuit to New Orleans Jazzfest. After a recent performance at the New Orleans Rock'n Bowl, Denise Guidry Forbes said, "This kid played Stevie Ray Vaughan flawlessly. Remember that name - you'll hear it again."

Matthew has already won several national awards, including the Robert Johnson Blues Foundation New Generation Award.

Playing guitar since the age of three, Matthew's musical taste was acquired early on, listening to his dad's collection of The Beatles, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Eric Clapton and more.

The Matthew Davidson Band, featuring keyboardist Greg Walton, bassist Chris Campisi, drummer Kyle McClanahan and guitarist/vocalist Matthew Davidson will rock the Telegraph Stage around 8 p.m., following the Marshall Main Street Second Saturday car show.

The free concert is sponsored by Ed and Amanda Smith of Get Healthy Marshall. Lawnchairs are recommended.

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