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"Hey Brad, we have picked together enough to be friends for sure, but I have to admit that on that 4th round I do get alittle peeved when you look up and just grin, right at the end of your break as if to say "YOU WISH!" haha I've even…"
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"Nice job at Rockit Music in Brea. You, Tim May, and Dan Miller did some very fine pickin' and singin'. I enjoyed the whole evening very much, but I especially liked your song, "This World Ain't No Child Anymore." It is a…"
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"Brad, whats up Buddy?? we have a mutual friend... Bull Harman.. He was amazed when I let him play my TF360SBG!!! first thing he said is "Oh man, I gotta tell Brad I finally played one of these" anyway, just wanted to say hey!! BTW your…"
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"Brad, what you doing these days? Ever finish that song? I need to get to Texas....."
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"Hello Brad and Brad Fans, I am desperately trying to find a copy of the bluebook of acoustic speed picking Can anyone help me find a copy, i've tried everywhere. Hey maybe Brad will read this and re-issue this publication. Thankyou Rick Innis…"
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Favorite Flatpickers
Flatpickers that are in tune and love to have fun!
Favorite Flatpicking Tunes
The one's I'm not tired of!
Favorite Guitars
Takamine, Collings
Tell us more about yourself (place a Bio here if you wish)
After spending years on the road playing country with Marty Stuart, bluegrass with Earl Scruggs, newgrass with Sam Bush, Gypsy jazz with John Jorgenson, and rock with Billy Bob Thornton, Brad Davis steps out front to prove that he can hold his own as a solo artist and band leader.

Brad Davis spent ten years (1992-2002) performing on stage as a member of Marty Stuart's road band. For the past seven years, he has played lead acoustic guitar with Earl Scruggs and Friends, and for the past six years he has played lead electric and acoustic guitar with movie actor Billy Bob Thornton's rock band. He spent two years (2003-2004) as the guitar player for the Sam Bush Band and also performed with John Jorgenson's Gypsy Jazz Quintet in 2005. He occasionally performs with an exciting new bluegrass band, 'Greenbroke', which consists of himself, John Cowan, John Moore, and Dennis Caplinger.

Brad has worked for, or recorded with, Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, Pam Tillis, The Forester Sisters, Tommy Shaw (Styx), David Lee Roth (Van Halen), Sheryl Crow, Sam Bush, Warren Zevon, and The Sweethearts of the Rodeo.. Additionally, Brad has recorded two album projects featuring Billy Bob Thornton on Mercury Records and has toured both Europe and the United States as the lead guitar player for Billy Bob Thorntons band. Brad's two solo recordings on FGM Records "I'm Not Gonna Let My Blues Bring Me Down", and "This World Ain't No Child Anymore" were both released to rave reviews. He also appears on an FGM concert DVD video release "Live in Kansas City" with Cody Kilby and Tim May. He is currently the host of an upcoming television program, "Commerce County Line", a singer/songwriter television program.


A prolific songwriter Brad has had his songs recorded by various country and bluegrass artists, including country star Tim McGraw ("Ain't No Angels"), Jo El-Sonnier ("Can't Give My Heart Away"), Billy Bob Thornton ("Always Countin'", "Beautiful Door"), Grasstowne ("Love You Don't Know"), Hometown News ("All The Time"), and Tony Trischka ("I'm Singing Harmony"). He has played on Marty Stuart's gold selling album "This Ones Gonna Hurt You", the Marty Stuart "Hit Pack", and Martys last MCA recording "The Pilgrim". He played on the soundtrack of Steven Seagals "Fire Down Below", and performed music for Billy Bob Thorntons Miramax releases "Daddy And Them" and "Waking Up In Reno". He also recorded with Sheryl Crow, and others, on the Johnny Cash tribute album "Kindred Spirits", played guitar on Warren Zevon's final Grammy-winning recording, "The Wind", and was on Sam Bush's Sugar Hill release "King of My World".

A talented guitar instructor and writer, Brad has been a columnist for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine since 1996 and is currently Takamine’s main guitar clinician, conducting dozens of music store clinics for Takamine each year. He has taught at Steve Kaufman’s Flatpick Camp, Nashcamp, Camp Bluegrass, the St. Louis Flatpick Weekend, the Roanoke Bluegrass Weekend, and more. He has also produced four instructional DVDs for Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, "Flatpick Jam", Volumes 1, 2, & 3 and a book/DVD/CD course called "Flatpicking the Blues". Additionally, he has produced several instructional courses for Mel Bay Publications, including the "Blue Book of Speedpicking", and a series of instructional Ear Training Cds.
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At 12:26pm on May 9, 2008, marguerite said…
TO COOL! I found you :-) Love this new Forum and I THANK YOU FOR ADDING ME AS FRIEND! Keep in touch and still hope (!) to find you playing somewhere in California soonYour TRUEST Fan :-) Marguerite Burnett
At 12:33pm on May 9, 2008, lee said…
hey Brad, dog,

you back in Iowa now?

lee\c
At 3:17pm on May 9, 2008, David Dugas said…
Hey Big Guy! Glad to see you here and hope to see you at Winfield.

David
At 10:36am on May 10, 2008, Coy Wylie said…
Hey Brad. Had enough coffee today? Have you moved back to Tejas yet?
At 5:32pm on July 13, 2008, Dave Engel said…
Brad, I watched your pitch for the Tach EF360SBG. Need to know if the nut is 1 3/4"? I can't play the narrower necks.

Dave
At 11:24pm on August 27, 2008, Rex Flottman said…
Hey Brad!
Enjoyed seeing you on the Craig Ferguson show tonight with your pal Billy Bob. Fun stuff! We've got to get you back to Winfield one of these days too.
Sorry we couldn't get to Salina for the concert up there!
Take care!
Rex
At 9:56am on September 1, 2008, Uwe Fischer said…
Big Timber is a great Song
At 10:49am on September 1, 2008, Jed C said…
Hello Mr. Davis!

I met your brother Greg last weekend in Mtn. View Arkansas. I must say, I have never seen a banjo with red binding. Very awesome.

The banjo playing was quite awesome as well.

Take care Mr. Davis! I really like your stuff!
At 1:22pm on September 28, 2008, Uwe Fischer said…
Big Timber is one of my favorites
At 2:17am on November 20, 2008, Jeremy said…
Ah , i missed you on Regis and Kathy.. I gotta ask , did you rip the sleeves off your suite jacket and shirt ? you should have :)

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