• Martin Davis
  • Imagine the scene… a dark wet ‘open mic’ night somewhere in Yorkshire . A silver haired man in a white cotton shirt with mother of pearl buttons, 501’s ,big buckle belt, cowboy boots picks up his arch top guitar and plays a country cover song.

    ‘Later as I drove away I began to remember that growing up in the 1960’s that nearly all of the cinema and TV heroes were cowboys: Bonanza, Rawhide, Laramie, The Virginian. Nearly every small boy dreamed about being a cowboy. I had to pull the car over and just sat there … finally realising that at 55 I would never be that cowboy.’

    The melody and lyrics were pretty much finished by the time Martin got home.

    Although written and sung by Martin the song has been nurtured, arranged, recorded and produced by virtuoso Malcolm Jagger.

    12 hours after sending the song to a Texas Radio station the message came back ‘not a bad effort from the East side of the pond!’

    A relative late-comer to Country, Malc is slowly turning Martin into a convert who now has Alan Jackson in the car and last year drove 200 miles to see Eve Selis play!

    Martin still fronts the 6-piece Dirty Mavis band hailing from Buckinghamshire. The band last year played Oxford Uni and to a crowd of over 3000 people at a June festival .

    Dirty Mavis enjoyed UK Chart success in 2011 with another of Martin’s songs ‘Oak Tree Lament' which, although more folk than country, has received several plaudits and hopefully demonstrates a talent for melody and lyrics.

    Encouraged by local audiences Martin has now begun playing smaller clubs and private functions .

    The single ‘I wanna be a cowboy‘ is available as a digital download with a 6-track EP to follow shortly.

    Martin's single released in the spring of 2014, "Give Me All You Got Las Vegas", was influenced by Martin's trip to Vegas in 2002. The huge Luxor hotel, the flight down the Grand Canyon, the 24/7 non stop frenzied action in a place that really shouldn't exist all made a huge impression - as did the cost!.

    The song is a true collaborative effort with Malc providing tremendous energy to the recording, thereby creating an authentic Jordanaire's sound. The lyrics and light-hearted vocal touch provided an infectious recipe for the single which was mastered by Steve Corrao in Nashville.
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    Towards the end of 2013, Martin released the single "All Over Now", Originally written by Bobbby Womack and covered most famously by the Rolling Stones. The Cajun country version was producer Malc Jagger's idea in that the song lent itself to Banjo. The infectious arrangement hopefully hits the spot and is planned to feature on a 2014 album.
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    At the same time, an acoustic version of "I Wanna Be A Cowboy" was received. It followed feedback from Martin's live solo performances where it was suggested that a stripped-back version would add extra warmth to the song.

    With Andy Little wheeled in to film and edit the new YouTube video and supported by sleeve art from Ed Davis, Martin hopes that this song brings out the last cowboy in everyone.
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    In the summer of 2015, Martin released a 16-track album "Long Way Home". Influenced by Malc's deep love of country the album features a variety of songs that demonstrates a true sense of 'story' for each of the tracks. They not only showcase Malc's talent as a multi instrumentalist but also provide the ideal landscape for Martin's stories to be heard.

    The album included the single "Hot Summer Rain" which was released in September 2015, just in time for Martin's performance at UKCountryRadio.com's 8th Birthday Party And Awards where he was a finalist for the Listeners' Club Song Award with "Give Me All You Got Las Vegas."

    A "what do I do Dad?" situation brought by one of Martin's four sons who was having "girl problems" inspired the song.

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