CORY DAVIS: THE BEST GUITARIST YOU MAY NEVER HAVE HEARD OF by Ed Huerta
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT THE AUTHOR
World renowned artist and writer Ed Huerta, is making his 2nd appearance at Jackaboutguitars. “The Prince of Primitive” was born in Los Angeles and currently resides in Long Beach, California. A longtime musician, Ed has played in several L.A./O.C. bands, including The Jack Brewer Band, The Lazy Cowgirls, The Final Tourguides, Moist and Meaty, Mind Over 4, The Silly Millions, & Eddie & The Trays. He has also toured the U.S. and Europe as a drummer. Huerta started painting in 2007 as a way to relieve stress and to forget about everyday problems.
Many of his paintings involve fictional situations comprised of famous iconic people i.e. Elvis Presley, John F. Kennedy, Paul Lynde, Groucho Marx, Brian Wilson, & the likes of Charles Manson. Several musicians, from jazz and blues icons/legends, to hard-working local musicians, are highlighted in his paintings. Many of these paintings hang in the homes of famous artists and musicians and local Long Beach and Orange County establishments have Huertas work hanging on their walls and garden areas.
Someone once told me that it looks like Im grasping at that line between bad taste and achieving utter genius. Many of my paintings reflect the battle of Good vs. Evil, or the battle within oneself. My upbringing seems to permeate a lot of my work the heaven and the hell along with the humor that one has to have to deal with every day life, whether its the fire one has to endure or brings upon himself, or the goodness one strives to accomplish.
I started painting with acrylic on canvas, hardboard and wood surfaces. I like to recreate on round wood tabletops, old 78 rpm record labels. I like the look that old 78 labels had. Ed has more recently experimented with oils in a lot of his portrait of jazz icon series work. The oils are warmer, breathe better have a more life-like feel to them but an obvious disadvantage for a left-hander! Ed continues to play music (currently drumming in Lord Ransom and his Ranch Hands) and paint while his wife and two English Bulldogs and 3 cats lounge around and cheer him on. The following article on Cory Davis: THE BEST GUITARIST YOU MAY NEVER HAVE HEARD OF is Ed Huerta’s second contribution to Jackaboutguitars. Enjoy. Jack
A note from Author Ed Huerta : I would like to clarify one thing about this and future articles I will be doing for Jackaboutguitars. If you come to this column and expect to read about Eric Clapton, James Hetfield, or even John Mayer, then please, move on. In this column, I’ll be writing about lesser known guitarists and musicians.
I am hoping to spread the word about and open your eyes to other genres or talented players that are out there entertaining nightly in bars and clubs. This doesnt mean that these people have lesser talent or abilities. As a past and current part-time musician, fame is basically a crapshoot, with the music industry churning out and chewing up artists, as they deem necessary, anointing certain people with Starpower while others spend years honing their craft on stages and barroom concrete floors.
I would like to use this column for people to get a glimpse behind the scenes of what these musicians deal with and the spirit and influences that drive them forward. As Jack from jackaboutguitars shows on this website, the guitar and music are powerful tools that drive people to push limits, and if the spirit really gets inside of you, it’s a lifelong commitment. Thank you Dear Readers for understanding my reasons and now please read on. I hope you enjoy these brief moments inside the world of guitar players and their journeys – Ed Huerta
CORY DAVIS: THE BEST GUITARIST YOU MAY NEVER HAVE HEARD OF
Before I get into Corys story and history, let me take a few minutes and explain to some casual readers or fans of music how this interview opened up my eyes to the true musicians world. Upon writing this article, I stumbled upon certain truths that musicians hold dear. Now I’m not talking about your pre-fabricated, record company, spoon fed, you know whos; not talking about the people that have never played a nightclub or a bar; or if they did show up onstage in a seedy area of town, would get their @*%^# kicked immediately by patron reaction to their soulless crap. Im talking about gut-busting blues, about music from the soul, about paying ones dues, about accepting your gift and taking it as far as the world will let you take it, regardless of consequences or fame.