Concert Review: @BrianDavisLive “Under the Influence”
Country Music Chat - Brittany Vance
North Carolina native Brian Davis is known for one thing, a hell raisin’ good time. He likes his country rockin’ and his cup full. He has an exceptional voice and amazing song writing abilities, then again with a mentor like Harlan Howard, of course he is damn near perfect. Brian has six independently released albums and his latest album “Under The Influence” is a prime example of who Brian is.
On April 5th, 2014 rowdy country music fans were pumped up awaiting Brian’s arrival. Baltimore, MD was ready for a party and a party is just what they received. Opening act David Adam Brynes took the stage first. David is pure country music to it’s core. He reminded me of a David Lee Murphy (under construction!) Seeing him perform live, I felt like I was at a country concert in the 90′s.
Once Brian took the stage, the room exploded. It was as if someone let off fireworks. He opened with a song titled “Bang Bang” which set the tone for how the rest of the night would go. His stage presence was absolutely phenomenal. He performed some fan favorites such as “Hurt Like Hell Yeah” and “Long Line Of Wrong” which was co written by Magic Mustang’s Westin Davis. His strength isn’t just the hell raisin kind of songs, one of the best moments of the entire show was when he sang “Against The World” which is a song he wrote with Brantley Gilbert. His vocals were captivating and his connection with the song was even more powerful. He performed his own version of Eric Church’s “Springsteen” which was a risky move given it’s Eric Church but he made it his own and for a tiny second I even forgot whose song it was. He also covered Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If Ya Did” which was epic. Brian took the song out of it’s pop element and gave it a more southern rock feel. To be quite honest, his version of the song was more appealing.
Brian Davis is not one to abide by any musical genre rules, he was born to break the mold not fit in it. He has crafted his skill as a songwriter and as a performer. One thing is for certain, this country music bad boy is here to stay.