5 Things You Didn’t Know About Matthew Davidson
Shreveport musician Matthew Davidson recently broke out on the music scene, earning a well-deserved reputation as a guitarist to watch. Of course, we've been watching Davidson for a couple years now.
Here are a few things you may not have known about the up-and-coming artist.
Davidson was inducted into the "Brotherhood of the Guitar" club by photographer Robert Knight -- a project created by Knight and sponsored by Fender, Guitar Center and Ernie Ball that highlights young, unsigned guitar players.
Davidson got his first taste of playing guitar when he was around seven years old. Since he started playing professionally in 2010, he's racked up over 240 shows, including performances at the New Orleans Jazz Fest, the State Fair of Louisiana and the Krewe of Centaur's Mardi Gras parade.
Davidson counts The Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Eric Clapton and John Mayer as inspiration. However, he admits the Fab Four really introduced him to playing guitar.
Louisiana has nurtured and produced a ton of musical talent over the years. Breaux Bridge native and country music star Hunter Hayes is one such act, and Davidson looks up to his Louisiana brother.
"Another young guitarist who inspires me is Hunter Hayes," he said. "Great guitarist and songwriter, he just kind of inspires me to work harder."
Back in 2011, Davidson was chosen by Kidd Kraddick to be the lead guitarist for the Kidd Kraddick in the Morning Rock Camp band. The group created a music video and performed live on the air. The Shreveport native beat out 300 other young musicians. He was just 13 at the time.