Hypnotic and original Delaney Davidson has a CV full of other awards that are nothing to do with the saddest song. This year he makes a single appearance at the 2020 Auckland Folk Festival as the APRA (Australasian Performing Right Association) songwriter guest.
Davidson describes himself thus: singer-songwriter, noir protagonist, promotional coyote, one-man band, production svengali. Part wandering minstrel, part traveling salesman, one foot on the stage and one in the road. Nine solo albums out and always one on the way. Over fifteen years of tireless touring across oceans and continents. Awards here. Collaborations there. A non-stop whirlwind.
On his awards shelf he counts New Zealand Arts Foundation Laureate Recipient 2015, Winner of the 2013 New Zealand Music Awards Country Album of the Year, Three-time winner of the APRA New Zealand Country Music Song Of The Year, 2012, 2013, 2014, Voodoo Rhythm One Man Band World Champion Zurich 2011, Saddest Song World Champion Berlin 2010.
Well known for his hypnotic and original One Man and his Ghost Orchestra show, enigmatic multi-instrumentalist Davidson both defines and commands his own unique realm in the shadowy musical world some call ‘Country-Noir’ or ‘Gothic Americana’.
His work also extends into production, notably Tami Neilson’s breakthrough album Dynamite and seminal work with Marlon Williams and his Sad But True album series. He has worked with Harry Lyon, Barry Saunders, Bruce Russell and continues to search for the challenge and adventure in both music and his own expression.
His inspirations range from Hank Williams and Howlin’ Wolf to The Birthday Party, from Johnny Cash through Suicide to Buster Keaton. Reveling in the darker side of things, Davidson’s lyrical content dredges up classic murder ballads, songs with a deep insight into the human condition, and hypnotic trance takes on old blues classics. All liberally laced with an abiding sympathy for human quirks, failure, foibles and triumphs. His rumpled stage persona combines an unconventional and unforgettable voice with a wry and twisted sense of humor.
5 Stars – Independent, UK
One of New Zealand’s Best songwriters – Brett Sparks, Handsome Family
Sublime Raw and Original – Blues and Soul Magazine, UK
Familiar yet properly outsider, modern yet somehow classic – Examiner USA