Short Biography
  

Arthur Davenport's musical career spans 40 years of songwriting and performance. His style is diverse Americana and ranges from traditional folk to world, alternative county and alternative rock. He first started playing in the Washington D.C. folk scene in the 1980's and then moved on to the southwest scene during the 90's while living in New Mexico.

 

Arthur has been featured on National Public Radio performing his song, "Lonesome Cowboy," written for a NPR cowboy music compilation album entitled "'Round-em Up!" Arthur now lives in Hawai'i, where he continues to perform, compose and record his songs, as well as traditional ballads.

 

This review for his 2002 "Reality Bends" album provides a fitting description of his style:

"Using only an acoustic guitar as backup, Arthur Davenport crafts sparse, haunting folk songs with a wry sense of the absurd. Deftly hopping from one vocal personality to another, sometimes within a line, this far-out mountain man keeps the listener guessing." Mike McGuire, Listen.com

 

Arthur released a second album, through Good Read Music LLC, in May of 2010 - "Whispering to the Wind", a collection of 10 original ballads with a band supporting the songs.

 

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Arthur Davenport Biography 

 

Arthur Davenport was born in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, in 1957, to a 21 year old naval officer and his 19 year old wife.  As a youth he traveled from East Coast to West Coast, and overseas, moving about every 18 months to a new town with his father's assignments. He settled down for school in the Washington DC area in 1975, moving there from Frederick, Maryland. His relatives are from South Carolina, so he is related to the place by extraction. (Southern Diaspora)

 

He started playing guitar when his Mom bought him a Yamaha FG-160 6-string acoustic guitar, made in Japan, for his 16th birthday in 1973. He wrote his first published song "So Near, So Far" the next year using that guitar. He has published 23 songs on two commercial albums, "Reality Bends" (to meet the eye) in 2002 and "Whispering to the Wind" in 2010, both albums under the Good Read Music LLC indie label.

 

Arthur dropped out of high school in 1973 and lived on the streets and in half-way houses for over a year, but returned to graduate from High School in 1975, before enrolling at the University of Maryland as an Agronomy major. He studied folk guitar and voice lessons in two classes, but is otherwise an untrained "folk musician".

 

Arthur played extensively in living rooms, campsites, bus stations, pedestrian malls, back porches, parks, beaches, girlfriend's bedrooms, parties and family gatherings.  He "went public", breaking out with much akimbo buzz and flutter into the D.C. coffeehouse and brew-pub scene, playing in the shadow of the likes of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Emmy Lou Harris.

 

He played the Washington D.C. folk scene in the 1980's, and then moved on to the "Southwest Scene" during the 1990's while living in New Mexico.  Arthur played with a buzz saw hornets nest garage band with fluctuating names during 1991-1993 where he met Jonathan Dodge Mayer, the drummer in the bands "Paradise Lost", "Humble Monkey", "Lonesome Dove", and the "Good Time Garageband", and the Producer of his first two albums.

 

The band won a battle of the bands contest in Las Cruces, N.M., which set off a riot when the drunken fans of the "Coors Silver Bullets Band" runner-up band disapproved, pelting the band, audience, equipment and sound man with liquid, solid and verbal projectiles. It provided an epiphany of sorts, that we were getting somewhere.

 

The band-incarnations had as many guitar players as names, including Bernd Kuhnert, an East-German rock-and-roller who did not speak much English, Steve Young, truck driver who had to read sheet music during the gigs, where the band would stop playing while he turned his pages, and Mike Nezzer, who was from Gallup, NM, now living in Austin, TX. David Whittaker remained our devout bass player throughout.

 

The band folded in 1994 when Jon left to move to a better music scene in Albuquerque.

 

Art returned to his solo act, playing regularly in Las Cruces and Taos. This was a prolific time for composing too, without the distractions of a gigging band.

 

Arthur Davenport's musical career spans over 40 years of songwriting and performance. He has been featured on National Public Radio performing his song, "Lonesome Cowboy," specially written in 1994 for a KRWG Las Cruces NM cowboy music compilation album entitled "'Round-em Up!"

 

Arthur now lives in Hawai'i and was a house musician for 10 years at the Hilo Palace Theater, often playing his solo act 3-5 nights a week for 30 minutes just prior to the screening of regularly scheduled "art-flick" movies. He also has played in Hilo at the Balancing Monkey Yoga Center, performing in their "Live Music, Live Yoga" program, and at Basically Books, providing local folks and tourists with ethnic Americana music from Appalachia and beyond.

 

This review for his "Reality Bends" album provides a fitting description of his solo style:

 

"Using only an acoustic guitar as backup, Arthur Davenport crafts sparse, haunting folk songs with a wry sense of the absurd. Deftly hopping from one vocal personality to another, sometimes within a line, this far-out mountain man keeps the listener guessing." Mike McGuire, Listen.com

 

Arthur’s second album, "Whispering to the Wind", is a collection of 10 original Americana ballads with a full band supporting the songs. It features vocal harmonies and violin, fiddle, electric violin, banjo, harmonica and guitar leads.

 

"Whispering to the Wind" has been deemed "Wonderful for Vision Questing", "Eclectic Acoustic", "Storyteller" and "Ear Candy" by fans. People who don't like the album have called it "Twee", "Wierd", "Old-Fashioned" and "Stoner" ("Kifferdkopf"). The songs are an abundant basket of thematic songs, toe-tapping, catchy and radio-ready.

 

Arthur is currently working on new releases, at first as singles, and plans to publish his third album when there is a "sets worth" of singles. His first single, Jonathan Leviathan was published in 2016.

 

Arthur aspires to find a Producer to record another three albums of material waiting to be published, concurrent with booking an upcoming world tour. 

 

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"Imaginative thinking got me where I'm at, so, pie, pie, in the sky, I LOVE pie in the sky".   Arthur Davenport

 

 

 

“Imagination is the preview of coming attractions.”  Albert Einstein

 

 

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