from Little Rock Arkansas
Born in Arkansas, Steve Davison performs and composes on six- and 12-string guitars. His is a two-time finalist and 2005 winner of the solo competition at the Arkansas Acoustic Music Festival, and a finalist in the 2009 Merle Travis Fingerstyle Competition. Davison was a featured performer on Arkansas Educational Network Television's "AETN Presents" broadcast and his music was also used as a soundtrack for another AETN production, "The Historic Bridges of Arkansas." Steve Davison presents a mix of traditional and original contemporary solo guitar music from his recordings, including his latest effort, The Best of Friends.
Mr. Davison is a finger style guitarist who composes on both the six- and 12-string guitar. An aging hipster, his musical career started at age 12 playing the drums in a multitude of rock and roll bands. At the tender age of 19 he saw a performance on solo acoustic guitar in Denton, Texas by a performer named Thom Ward (who he would really like to locate!) that changed his life. He put down the sticks and picked up the guitar and started a life long journey of discovery.
He realized (too late according to some) that he really couldn't sing so he eventually turned to instrumental music. His compositions are built around simple melodic structures and focus on the intimate qualities of the wooden guitar and the tonal possibilities of alternate tunings that give the guitar such an extraordinary range.
Steve is a two-time finalist and 2005 winner of the solo competition at the Arkansas Acoustic Music Festival and a finalist in the 2009 Ozark Folk Center Merle Travis Fingerstyle Competition and the winner of the Ozark Folk Center Merle Travis Contemporary Competition in 2016. Mr. Davison was a featured performer on Arkansas Educational Network Television’s “AETN Presents” broadcast and his music was also used as a soundtrack for another AETN production, “The Historic Bridges of Arkansas”.
Steve has performed in acoustic venues around the country including the Healdsburg Guitar Festival in California and the Montreal Guitar Festival in Montreal, Quebec., The Memphis Guitar Show and the La Conner Guitar Festival. He has toured with Ken Bonfield and Peter Janson as Artistry of the Guitar and has also shared the stage with Muriel Anderson, Larry Coryell, Dakota Dave Hull, Tim Farrell, Teja Gerken, Tim Sparks, Aaron Larget-Caplan, Adam Miller, Danny Dozier, Micky Rigby, Doug Young and others.
He tours with Finger Food (Danny Dozier and Micky Rigby), and previously with Peter Janson as part of the " American Guitar Masters Touring Concert Series", and with Ken Bonfield as Artistry of the Guitar.
Steve lives in Little Rock AR and on Greers Ferry Lake in Arkansas with his lovely wife, Pat, and his golden retreiver Heady Magnolia, and his cat Huckelberry. Life is good!