California folk rock artist Colby Davidson has seen, experienced, failed and triumphed a lot in his relatively short 21-years of life, and lucky for us, he isn’t afraid when it comes to bearing his soul. His influences are as varied as, well, the spectrum of music itself. When asked to rattle off luminaries he lists as inspiring his own sound, Davidson name checks everyone from Bob Dylan to Mumford & Sons, John Lennon to John Mayer, Led Zeppelin to Pink Floyd, The Band to Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats.
Born in the Bay area city of Berkeley, Davidson’s family moved to the idyllic sand and surf city of Santa Cruz when he was in fourth grade. “Santa Cruz is basically mountains and forest and then beach,” he explains. “There’s no in-between. We lived in the forest and that influenced my music, too, in the sense of folk.” Meanwhile, family dynamics certainly played a role in his initially turning to songs and songwriting for solace. Davidson is as unflinchingly honest and soul-bearing about the subject as the songs he sings. “There’s a weird dynamic between me and my father,” he confesses. “My father would quiz me on music and showed me so much of it. He really got me into music.” Later, his father entered a deep depression and darkness and for a period left the family. Yet despite the personal tumult, Davidson says the tough times contribute to the music.
In addition to being a burgeoning artist in his own right, Davidson he also fronts the rock band Analogue Spirit.
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