So given all that, it's not surprising that when he started playing music in his early twenties, out came terrific, straight-shooting tunes, like "Thanks for Breakin' My Heart," "Whiskey Town" and "Hall of Smoke & Wine," that recall Nashville's golden age without sounding like calculated re-creations. Davis's "real-deal country" impressed no less of an authority than Dwight Yoakam's longtime producer/guitarist Pete Anderson, who not only signed him to his Little Dog label but also tours with him as his guitarist. Since the release of his well-received self-titled 2003 debut, Davis has been crisscrossing the country, doing upward of 250 shows a year on his "Tour That Never Ends."
This time through Houston, he'll be showcasing some new songs slated for the sophomore album that he's just started to record -- when he finds the time to get into a studio. He's also likely to perform old jukebox gems like "Cheated Me Right Out of You" and "Fourteen Carat Mind." But it's Davis's own timeless-sounding originals that are worth the price of admission.