On May 16th, Smithsburg, Maryland held its annual Smithburg Pride Days and Brian Davis was set to headline. However, that morning the unexpected happened when a huge storm blew away part of the stage. Due to those circumstances the show was changed from a full band to an acoustic performance.
Opening band Unwound was first to perform. Unwound is a local band that covers country and classic rock. They performed songs by Brantley Gilbert, Jason Aldean and Prince. They set the mood for the rest of the night and they did one hell of a job.
By night fall Davis and his drummer Jason Schmidt took the stage. They performed in front of a small crowd in a open field and it was absolutely one of the best shows I’ve seen. Opening his set with “Bang Bang“ and following up with “Hurt Like Hell Yeah,” it was obvious a little bad weather wasn’t holding Davis back. He also performed a couple songs he had written with fellow bad boy Brantley Gilbert. He also did his own version of Blake Shelton’s “Sure Be Cool If You Did” and it was impressive. Personally, I’ll take his version any day. Davis does not fit into any box. You can’t put that kind of restriction on his talent. His down home personality, his outlaw ways and his open mind set to the world is what makes his songwriting skills so epic. If you can entertain a crowd with just a six-string, a cajon drum and your natural God given talent… then in my opinion that’s real music, real artistry. His passion is inspiring and it’s really special watching someone like him perform. Davis ended his set with “Pull Up A Tailgate” which was fitting. After the show Davis stayed to meet with fans and socialize. From his down home personality to his blue collar mannerisms, Brian Davis is what country music was founded on. Tradition.