John Davis (singer-songwriter)

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John Davis
Born (1974-04-12) April 12, 1974 (age 43)
Tennessee, United States
Genres Rock, Christian rock
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, bass, piano, Mellotron, drums
Years active 1992–present
Labels Indie
Associated acts Superdrag

John Davis (born April 12, 1974, in Tennessee), is a founding member of the rock band Superdrag.[1]

Musical career[edit]

Superdrag[edit]

Davis' primary roles in the band were that of songwriter, singer and lead guitarist. By the time Superdrag was beginning work on their fourth full-length record, Davis was an alcoholic. One night as Davis was driving, he claims he felt the presence of God. "At first, I started to feel really uncomfortable," he has told The 700 Club. "I just started to feel funny, and I didn't really know why. The next thing I knew, for lack of a better term, I just went into a cold sweat. All of a sudden, I just knew that God was dealing with me. I would compare it to a car going from zero to 60. It was like going from zero conviction, to maximum conviction, in a heartbeat. I knew that the void in my heart, my life, would never be filled with a liquor bottle, or anything else, but Him. I said, 'Lord, I'm tired of running. I'm tired. Give me peace.' It was like a cool breeze, a cool wave."[2] Davis gave up alcohol at that moment, and turned his life to Christianity. This inspired the metaphoric title of Superdrag's fourth album, Last Call for Vitriol. In 2003 the band split up.

Solo work[edit]

On March 8, 2005, Davis released his first solo album, playing all instruments on the record, with the exception of some bowed strings and percussion. The self-titled record, John Davis, is a combination of his signature pop melodies and a devout faith in God. In March 2006, John put alternate versions of the songs from his album on his website. Davis released his second solo album, Arigato!, on October 2, 2007.

My Red Hot Nightmare[edit]

He then joined Christian rock band My Red Hot Nightmare, where he was a guitarist, backing vocalist, and second-string drummer.

Return to Superdrag[edit]

In 2007 the band reunited to tour once again before the members decided to stay reunited with Davis as their lead member.

Epic Ditch[edit]

In 2011, John formed punk band Epic Ditch with Nick Raskulinecz, Stewart Pack, and Nick Slack. Their 7" debut was released by Velocity of Sound.

The Lees of Memory[edit]

In 2013 Superdrag members John Davis and Brandon Fisher along with Epic Ditch drummer Nick Slack, released their first single "We Are Siamese" on Velocity of Sound. Their full-length debut album, Sisyphus Says was released in 2014 by SideOneDummy Records.

Discography[edit]

John Davis[edit]

Superdrag[edit]

Albums[edit]

EPs[edit]

Epic Ditch[edit]

  • (2011) EP
  • (2012) 36-HOUR

The Used To Be[edit]

  • (2002) Shameless Self-Destruction

Astronaut Pushers[edit]

  • Astronaut Pushers EP

The Lees of Memory[edit]

  • (2013) "We Are Siamese" / "Open Your Arms"
  • (2014) Sisyphus Says
  • (2015) Soft Places / Within A Dream II
  • (2015) "Ain't No Changing Baby's Mind" / "Let's Turn Our Love Up Loud"
  • (2016) Unnecessary Evil
  • (2016) "All-Powerful You" / "uoY lufrewoP-llA"
  • (2017) "Run Away To Here" / "Tears of Joy"

Hurts To Laugh[edit]

  • (2017) "Little While" / "Hope It Works Out"

Studio work[edit]

  • (1995) 30 Amp Fuse, Wind-up (bass, lead guitar, vocals) (Darla Records)
  • (1997) 30 Amp Fuse, Saturday Night at the Atomic Speedway (lead guitar on "I Fall Down") (Dedicated)
  • (2000) Ghoti Hook, Two Years to Never (piano, organ, Mellotron) (Tooth & Nail Records)
  • (2001) Scott Miller & The Commonwealth, Thus Always to Tyrants (bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar & vocals on "Absolution" and "Goddamn The Sun") (Sugar Hill Records)
  • The Faults, S/T (vocals on "Let The Angel Lie", "Big Show", "Lonely Place" and "Poison Land"; electric guitar and piano on "Poison Land")
  • (2004) Allison Moorer, The Duel (Sugar Hill Records) (bass, electric guitar, acoustic guitar, pedal steel, piano, organ, vocals) (Lynn Point Records)
  • (2004) Mic Harrison, Pallbearer's Shoes (vocals on "Shake Your Faith"; pedal steel & lead guitar on "Journey's End") (Valley Entertainment)
  • (2004) Relient K, Mmhmm (vocals on "Let It All Out" and "When I Go Down") (Gotee Records)
  • (2004) The O.C. Supertones, Revenge of the Supertones (background vocals (BGVs), B3 organ, piano and guitar solo on "Transmission")
  • (2005) Sam Ashworth, Gonna Get It Wrong Before I Get It Right (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, organ & pedal steel on "Look Back"; guitar & vocals on "Chameleon"; electric guitar on "Loved One") (Runway Network)
  • (2006) Fair, The Best Worst Case Scenario (pedal steel and BGVs on "Get You Out Alive")
  • (2007) MxPx, Secret Weapon (organ and BGVs on "Sad Sad Song")
  • (2007) Ruth, Secondhand Dreaming (pedal steel and BGVs on "From Here to New York")

References[edit]

  1. ^ Paltrowitz, Darren. "Biography: Superdrag". Allmusic. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-25.  The 700 Club – John Davis: Rocking at Heaven's Door

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