Part exotic bird too, considering he’s a born and bred Kiwi from Christchurch, New Zealand. But in contrast to that bird which is flightless, he keeps performing tirelessly all over the globe. He’s a songster and master guitar player in the alt-folk, noise rock, and country mode but in his soul he’s firmly rooted in the blues. Delaney Davidson croons in a life-worn baritone about the trials and tribulations life has to offer and then changes course and shows us his romantic side. Honesty is at the core of his art – there’s no beauty without the truth. Because of this credo he doesn’t make you feel too comfortable; his truth is hard to get, beat up and even dished out with a splash of mud. The songs are like looking through a dirty train window at a beautiful seascape. His songs reflect what his peculiar mind has experienced on his unending journey, going the distance. This strange bird looks like he could’ve been cast in an early David Lynch film as a freaky joker or an everyday fellow who turns out living on the dark edge of society. Enjoy also his filigran guitar play especially in the bluesy tremolo John Lee Hooker passages. He has nourished, worked and produced for artists like Marlon Williams, Nadia Reid, the formidable Tami Neilson and Aldus Harding and on our shores, Delaney’s been collaborating with the Voodoo Rhythm Family since 2003 and has toured with the Dead Brothers for three years.
Tonight Delaney’s performing solo but with him on stage will be his Ghost Orchestra inside that small brown suitcase. On the tracks featured in his new album «Shining Day» (yeah right) released in April this year, he knows how to set a musical hook or two and in the title song he intones: «Here’s your shining day, and after we’re gone, the music still will play.» We can be sure his music will.
Delaney Davidson, live at El Lokal, 18,694 km from Christchurch.