Christopher Davis-Shannon's music is the essence of honest simplicity. Bringing together influence ranging from Fats Waller to Chet Baker, he creates an atmosphere that will instantly transport you back to jazz clubs, and speakeasies of the early 20th century. Not Content being labelled a traditionalist, he forges ahead breathing new life into old classics, weaving together a sound that is enjoyed by both young and old.
As a multi-Instrumentalist, songwriter, and educator, based in Philadelphia, Davis-Shannon maintains a steady tour schedule with his own music as well as a sideman for various acts. He brings to the stage not just the pure joy of music, but a vast knowledge of the history behind the songs that he holds close to his heart. His intricate instrumental work and plaintive vocals are infused with soulfulness which cannot be faked, and a respect for his predecessors which is rarely equaled.
A modern vagabond he has toured the world as a performer on stages from New Zealand to New Orleans, from Las Vegas to New York City. At his young age he has had the pleasure to share the stage with such greats as Pete Seeger (The Weavers), Franny Beecher (Bill Haley and His Comets) and is at home playing a house concert for five people or at a 2500 seat theatre.
Mike Batchelor at Kettle Pot Tracks may have said it best :
"Christopher writes good songs, plays the crap out of them, and smiles every second he’s doin’ it. Let this guy into your lives a little, and be better for it!"