When: Fri., May 13, 8 p.m. 2011
Mandolinist David Davis has been leading the Warrior Mountain Boys for more than 25 years, and for the duration he's cleaved to the bluegrass fundamentals he learned in childhood. His uncle Cleo Davis, also a mandolinist, was a longtime member of Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Boys, and the younger Davis began playing music when he was eight. At 24 he formed his own band, and since then he's spent a lot more time on the road than in the studio; the band's most recent album, 2009's Two Dimes & a Nickel (Rebel), is only its fifth. On Two Dimes the band focuses on new rather than classic material, even reinventing "Blue Ridge Mountain Skies" by the Marshall Tucker Band. But despite the recent vintage of the tunes, Davis never wavers in his commitment to the hard-core sound institutionalized by Monroe—the Warrior Mountain Boys want nothing to do with the antiseptic slickness that infects so much contemporary bluegrass, preferring concise, high-octane solos and gritty vocal harmonies.