Mar 2, 2010

Andy Davis rocks Tilley

by Betsy Abraham

Instead of playing card games and watching movies on the comfy sofas of the Tilley Student Center, students gathered around the warmly lit stage to watch Andy Davis perform Saturday, Feb. 27.

Canadian musician and Liberty graduate Spencer York was the opening act and captivated the audience, setting the stage for Davis. He played songs from his album titled “Hold Your Heart Up High,” including “Black and White Love.”

“Love now has been run through the gutter a bit. ‘Black and White Love’ is about a relationship that’s so pure and so real that it feels a generation later than where it should be coming from,” York said.

York’s endearing lyrics and simple acoustic performance charmed the audience.

“His music is really good. He had a great voice. I liked his lyrics,” graduate student Amanda Sommers said.

York also gave out free copies of his album, which features songs he performed such as “Heart Held High” and “Your Red Hands.”

Following York was Davis, a Nashville-based musician and veteran to the Tilley Student Center stage. He describes his music as alternative pop based around piano grooves. Citing musical influences like Stevie Wonder and Randy Newman, Davis has been writing music since he was in high school.

“There’s a lot of tension in relationships that I feel deserve a lot of songwriting attention. I just try to chronicle my life in a song. If I’ve lived a season of life, I try to make sure that I’ve written a bunch of songs to chronicle that season,” Davis said.

Davis and his four-piece band played a variety of songs from his CD, “Let the Woman,” along with songs from his latest album, “New History,” which came out in November 2009.

Donning a black Fedora, Davis’ soulful crooning and commanding stage presence were well received by the crowd, which sang, clapped and danced along.

Davis, who calls himself a “wanna be” drummer, banged out original songs such as “Hush Money,” “Let the Woman” and “Liberty” on the piano, occasionally playing acoustic guitar. He also played covers of songs such as “At Last” and “Build Me Up Buttercup.”

“It was full of energy. He’s always really good with the crowd, and he knows how to handle the stage,” senior Erin Murphy said.

Senior Josh Spencer named Andy Davis as one of his favorite artists. As a fellow musician, Spencer especially enjoyed Davis’ performance.

“It’s great to see some good Nashville talent come to Lynchburg. He’s a great performer. I appreciate watching him musically and vocally on stage,” Spencer said.

Davis hopes that listeners will be able to identify with his songs.
“I attempt to be an honest songwriter and to write in a way that’s creative and fresh and catchy, but also something that feels like real true expression, not something that just sounds good but is not real,” Davis said. “I think people can tell the difference between honest songwriting and songwriting that’s based on other things.”

Davis is currently working on a new full-length CD that he hopes will come out in the fall.

Free downloads of “New History” are available on Davis’s Web site at

Contact Betsy Abraham at

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