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Guy Davis


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New York, United States (1978 – present)

Guy Davis (born 12 May 1952 in New York, NY) is an award-winning American blues guitarist, actor, and musician.

The son of stage and film performers Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Davis made his stage debut at age 16 in the play “Cotton Comes to Harlem”. He recorded an album for the Folkways label in 1978, appeared in the film “Beat Street” in 1984, appeared on the daytime television drama “One Life to Live”, appeared in the play “Mulebone” — with a score by Taj Mahal — in 1991. He also portrayed bluesman Robert Johnson in the play “Trick the Devil” in 1993. Davis signed with the Red House label and recorded his Delta Blues debut, Stomp Down Rider in 1995. Since then he has performed and recorded acoustic blues. His releases include “Call Down the Thunder”, “You Don’t Know My Mind” and “Butt Naked Free”.

In 2010, he appeared in the Broadway Revival of “Finian’s Rainbow”, composing and performing the “Dance of the Golden Crock”, a duet for harmonica and ballet dancer.

As well as a string of her own albums, Davis has contributed songs on a host of tribute and compilation albums, including collections on bluesmen Charley Patton and Robert Johnson.

In 2012 Davis released an audio play called The Adventures of Fishey Waters: In Bed with the Blues. It is a compilation of “historical” tales in the form of a play accompanied by Davis in song.


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