The old man on stage at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios in Denton -- the guy with the face like a weathered catcher's mitt, sitting in a wheelchair, fretting his baby-blue Gretsch with a butter knife clutched in his polio-stricken right hand -- is probably the only person in the room who doesn't know who his bass player is. Actually, strike that: He's definitely the only one here who's not aware that the scruffy man to his left, in rock-star leather pants and jacket, usually plays guitar for R.E.M. In fact, not only does CeDell Davis not have any idea that Peter Buck is in his band on this brisk night in late January, he couldn't tell you who anyone on stage is. Well, except for Joe Cripps, who's been trying to coax a new album out of him for years, and Thomas Jones, the young guitarist who's been dropping by Davis's house in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, for the last few years, just so he... More >>>
CeDell Davis has told friends he's 72 for the last three birthdays in a row.