Dr. Clinton Davis is a multi-instrumentalist, composer, and educator born and raised in Kentucky and currently living in San Diego, California. A pianist from childhood, Davis earned a bachelor’s degree in performance from the University of Kentucky where he studied classical masterworks alongside experimental modern works. In 2016, Clinton earned his doctorate in ethnomusicology from UC San Diego, where he served as an associate instructor, leading a survey course in American roots music.
Clinton’s performance career is now dedicated to American roots music ranging from classic blues on guitar and piano to Appalachian and Southern folk styles on fiddle and banjo. He has performed at festivals across the United States including the Los Angeles Old Time Social, Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival (Washington), Brooklyn Folk Festival, and National Jug Band Jubilee (Kentucky).
In 2015, celebrated roots music publication No Depression called his work “a joyous and soulful restoration of one of the lost treasures of American musical tradition.” That same year, his second album with the G Burns Jug Band was selected as Best Local Recording at the San Diego Music Awards. He has taken first prize at the Santa Barbara Old Time Convention’s competitions for both fiddle and banjo. Clinton is an official Deering Banjos Artist and was chosen by the company to model their new Americana instrument in 2015. As of 2020 you can still find him in their catalog and on their website.