Production// The Record Shop
Location// Hall Booth Smith
Gear// Antelope Audio
HUNTER TYNAN DAVIS performs the song "BUILD" for BalconyTV.
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The son of “basically just two hippies,” as he puts it, Davis was born on the Gulf of Mexico and grew up alongside his parents and grandfather on his grandfather’s shrimp boat. The family eventually made semi-permanent landfall in southeast Texas, following in the footsteps of five generations before them.
Shrimping is just one piece of what Davis calls “his Forrest Gump story.” His paternal grandfather, Walter Buddy Davis, played professional basketball in the NBA and won the gold medal in the men’s high jump at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland, despite having polio as a child and being told he’d never walk. His father played basketball in Alaska and Hawaii before moving back to Texas, where he’d both earn a cut (“A Candle Burns in the Window of My Heart”) as a songwriter and work his way from bus driver to district lead for Texas congressman Charlie Wilson.
The younger Davis would go on to play division one college football, eventually deciding music was his true calling and heading back to Texas to pursue a degree in music. In 2011, Davis moved to Nashville and enrolled at Tennessee State University, where he began playing in blues trios and pursuing his musical passions in earnest.
“When I started songwriting, it was like I was taking over the family business,” Davis says. “It was very seamless in its transition.”
Davis is a “singer-songrocker,” a term he coined to better represent himself as a songwriter, musician, and performer. “Singer-songwriter portrayed it in too soft a light,” he says laughing. “So I came up with singer-songrocker. That’s my genre.”
Sound Engineer: John Constable
Videographer: Lloyd Derouen III
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