Musician Support Network
by Loren Davidson
Been playing the same venues
for way too long and want to try someplace new? Looking for people
to jam with? Gig with?
Tour with? Someplace to record? Just looking for someone who’ll
understand and offer a sympathetic ear?
This round-robin session will provide an opportunity
for performing musicans to ask questions, share experiences, and help
one another in
surviving and hopefully prospering in a very challenging profession.
Bring your questions, your suggestions, any resources you’re willing
to share. Some handouts may be provided; feel free to bring your own
Born in the Midwest and raised in Vermont and upstate New York, Loren
grew up studying piano and singing in school choirs, barbershop quartets,
and garage bands. He began playing guitar and writing songs while in
high school. He moved from New York to southern California in 1976, and
from southern to northern California in 1993, where he currently lives,
works, and plays.
Loren’s musical influences range from the classical and calypso
music played at home during his youth and adolescence to folksingers
such as Pete Seeger, James Taylor, and the Guthries, to popular musicians
of the late 60s to mid 70s such as Jim Morrison and Keith Emerson. In
recent years such performers as Jimmy Buffett, John Prine, Bob Marley,
and Lord Buckley have added their own influences. He describes his musical
style as “contemporary folk music with tropical attitude.”
Loren has performed at numerous northern California venues. His first
album, Songs From My Heart, was released in 2002. He is currently working
on a new album, Tropical Troubadour.