Short Biography

 

Arthur Davenport's musical career spans 40 years of songwriting and performance. His style is diverse Americana, from traditional folk to alternative county, and rock, folk-rock, new age, and world. He first started playing in the Washington D.C. folk scene in the 1980's and then moved to the Southwest USA during the 1990's, 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!"

 

He moved to Hawai'i, in 2001, where he continues to perform, compose and record his songs, instrumental music and poetry.

 

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 in May of 2010 entitled "Whispering to the Wind", a collection of 10 original ballads performed with a full band.

 

The "Jonathan Leviathan" single EP came out in 2016, followed by the single EP "Family Reunion" in 2017, featuring acoustic instruments and vocal harmonies.

 

 

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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 the East Coast to the West Coast and overseas, moving about every 18 months to a new town with his father's assignments. He settled down for high 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.

 

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.

 

Arthur dropped out of high school in 1973 and lived on the streets and in halfway houses for over a year. He returned home 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 in the 1980's, playing in the shadow of people like of Mary Chapin Carpenter and Emmy Lou Harris.

 

He then moved to New Mexico during the 1990's and started a buzz saw hornets nest garage band with fluctuating names during 1991-1993. There he met Jonathan Dodge Mayer, the drummer in the bands "Paradise Lost", "Humble Monkey", "Lonesome Dove", and the "Good Time Garageband". Jon went on to be the Co-Producer, and then Producer, of Art’s first two albums.

 

Our 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" 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. Our first guitar player was Tommy Myers, from S.C., who brought the crowds to their feet. He got homesick and returned home after a couple of months. Then we found Bernd Kuhnert, an East-German rock-and-roller who did not speak much English but knew right what to do with his hot licks (“fliegende Scheiße“).

   

When Bernd went back to Germany, Steve Young came in, a fabulous player, and truck driver, who had to move on down the road after awhile because of work demands. Mike Nezzer, from Gallup, NM,  was our last guitar player shaping the sound with his resonant melodies and scorching riffs.  

 

John Nichols started out on bass, but had to move. David Whittaker remained our devout bass player thereafter.

 

The band folded in 1994 when Jon left to move to a better music scene in Albuquerque.  Art then returned to his solo act, playing regularly in Las Cruces and Taos. This was a prolific time for composing too, without the time-demands of a working 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. He was a house musician for over 10 years at the Hilo Palace Theater, playing his solo act 3-5 nights a week for 30 minutes just prior to the regularly scheduled "art-flick" movies. He left that gig to work on publishing his body of works of songs, music and poetry.

 

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", has ten of his original Americana ballads with a full band. It features vocal harmonies and violin, fiddle, electric violin, banjo, harmonica and guitar leads.

 

He has published 28 songs on two albums: "Reality Bends" (to meet the eye) in 2002, and "Whispering to the Wind" in 2010, under the Good Read Music LLC indie music label. The "Jonathan Leviathan" single EP came out in 2016, followed by the single EP "Family Reunion" in 2017, featuring acoustic instruments and vocal harmonies.

 

Arthur is currently working on new releases, first as singles, and when there is a "sets worth" of songs a new album will be published.

  

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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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