This past weekend, a few friends and I piled in a jeep and trekked to North Carolina for a brief escape from the daily grind. We received a tip that one of my favorite indie artists, Tony Lucca, was performing at The Evening Muse in downtown Charlotte on July 4th with another group called The Benjy Davis Project so we figured we catch the show.
Since we’re always in search of good, new music, we arrived early to watch The Benjy Davis Project who opened for Tony. We were very impressed as we were treated to a flawless set, which began with Benjy Davis performing a few acoustic numbers solo. He was later joined by his backing band including Mic Capdevielle (drums), Matt Rusnak (bass guitar), and Jonathan Lawhun (electric guitar).
Don’t let Benjy Davis’ baby-face fool you — his lyrics are honest, intense, and speak of real life experiences perhaps even well beyond his years. His vocal delivery though strained at times packs a punch of raw emotion that can’t be ignored. Then there’s the band – perfectly timed and well versed that compliment Davis’ lyrics. The band members know when to let Davis shine on his own while also highlighting their individual talents.
The band is currently touring the U.S. in support of their latest release Dust, which features several must-hear tracks including “Over Me,” “Green and Blue,” “I Love You,” and “Still Sweet.” You can purchase Dust via the band’s website or on iTunes.
Check out the music video for “I Love You” below and also check their MySpace page to listen to more tracks.Be sure to check Rock Ridge Music to download a free sampler of The Benjy Davis Project (and Tony Lucca!!)