Guy Davis


   "He's got some Blind Willie and some Fats Waller, some Zora Neale Hurston, some Taj Mahal, and some Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee (his parents). He's a musician, composer, actor, director and writer. But most importantly—Guy Davis is a bluesman who's ready to enlighten young people with the vibrant storytelling kind-of-music that's deeply rooted in American culture."

--Arts at Penn

Philadelphia Book Festival
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Photo by Steve Ramm
May 17, 2008

Philadelphia Book Festival
Target Children's Stage

Music Medley Montage


The State Theater in New Brunswick, New Jersey did a wonderful
job stringing together several of Guy's songs that are
appropriate for children and as sing-alongs.
Please click below to see this great montage!

To visit the State Theater's website, please click below


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Down at the Sea Hotel

Check out this new Cd that features Guy singing "Annabel" and "Midnight Lullaby"


CD only - $ 15.00

CD and Accompanying Storybook - $ 20.00

Down At The Sea, 2007
The Secret Mountain

  1. Down at the Sea Hotel (Guy Davis, John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, Lucy Kaplansky, Lynn Miles, The Wailin' Jennys - Songwriter - Greg Brown)
  2. Midnight Lullaby (Guy Davis - Songwriter- Tom Waits)
  3. Dreamland (Lucy Kaplansky - Songwriter - Mary Chapin Carpenter)
  4. Barefoot Floors (The Wailin' Jennys - Songwriter - Neil Young)
  5. Midnight in Missoula (Eliza Gilkyson - Songwriter Nanci Griffith)
  6. Do La Lay (John Gorka - Songwriter - Jesse Winchester)
  7. Little Seahorses (Lynn Miles - Songwriter - Bruce Cockburn)
  8. Goodnight My Angel (Lucy Kaplansky - Songwriter - Billy Joel)
  9. Annabel (Guy Davis - Songwriters - Don Henley and John Corey)
  10. Trick Rider (The Wailin' Jennys - Songwriter - Gord Downie)
  11. Everybody Cries (Lynn Miles - Songwriter - Jim Cuddy)
  12. Child of Mine (Eliza Gilkyson - Songwriters Carole King and Gerald Goflin))
  13. Things We've Handed Down (John Gorka - Songwriter - Marc Cohn)
  14. Nothing But a Child (Guy Davis, John Gorka, Eliza Gilkyson, Lucy lansky, Lynn Miles, The Wailin' Jennys - Songwriter - Steve Earle)       


Madison Square Garden

Great interview with award winning blues guitarist, Guy Davis...Guy Davis Lincoln Center MSG Music Blues - click on picture to be connected to this interview.



On April 14, Blues School was in session again with world famous blues artist Guy Davis at the African-American Research and Cultural Center. Davis made his harmonica bark like a dog and grunt like a pig and rattle like a train. He lined up a group of volunteers on the edge of the stage and taught them how to swing an ax in the kind of rhythm that fuels the blues. On his guitar, he demonstrated different picking styles—from Delta style to Piedmont style. And he played Shortnin’ Bread on his banjo like nobody’s business. Guy Davis proved himself a blues musician worthy of acclaim, playing traditional country blues as well as his own contemporary blues compositions. Guy has performed on Late Night with Conan O’Brien as well as Garrison Keillor’s nationally syndicated radio program, A Prairie Home Companion. His album, Legacy was chosen by the music critics of National Public Radio as one of the best albums of 2004.


Tribute to the Blues

I am a teacher at Mackay Elementary in Tenafly, New Jersey . Through Lincoln Center Institute my student learned about the Blues and watched Guy perform. We also created a Blues song to Guy’s music and I thought I should share it with you. ......  Erin C.

Click on the music symbol to hear this wonderful tribute to the blues!


Hokey Pokey and The Candy Man Video
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Click on the music symbol to see and hear these great songs!


Teacher Resource Kit

Attention Teachers - for a free resource kit on teaching the blues - click the button below.

Blue's Resource Kit


More fun with Guy



Download and print the picture to the right for a coloring activity.



Click on the picture to the right to see Guy
in an interview/clip of Guy in the
Putumayo Sing Along video



Click on the picture to the right to see
a great clip advertising Guy's
story time appearance in
Broward County, Florida

Guy playing while the Basque children in Donostia, (San Sabastian) Spain listened intently.

The children performing a traditional Basque dance
while Guy performs.

Guy and Thom Wolke (Guy's manager) posing with the
faculty at the schoo



Click here to download the article written about this performance (both in the traditional Basque language and translated to English



Eleanor Roosevelt
Elementary School


 Guy has done several projects on TV as Jack's Big Music Show on Nick, Jr. Guy also collaborated with Dr. John on the short lived children's show, Littleburg, starring Whoopi Goldberg

Guy has done residencies teaching about the blues to children both in the United States and abroad. Listed below are a few of the places where he has been involved in teaching children and young adults.

Lincoln Center
Kennedy Center in DC
The Annenberg Center in Philly
The State Theatre in New Brunswick, NJ Buck’s County Performing Arts Center
Pennsbury School District in Yardley , PA
McNeese University in Lake Charles, LA
Allegheny College



If you have pictures or memos from seeing Guy interacting with kids, please drop me a line.


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