Memphis blues guitarist/singer, by way of South Carolina, Davis Coen’s most recent accomplishments have included featured music on the ‘House Of Blues Radio Hour’ and NPR’s ‘Morning Edition’ & ‘World Cafe’ programs. Also somewhat current; his original recorded music on the DVD release of Martin Scorsese’s PBS special ‘The Blues’; and a couple of performances on the DVD documentary about the music of late-great Hillcountry Mississippi blues matriarch Jesse Mae Hemphill, titled ‘Dare You To Do It Again’. He also receives steady play on XM/Sirius Satellite Radio’s Channel 74 ‘Bluesville’, in addition to hundreds of blues-related programs nationally and worldwide.
Coen has been touring the U.S. since his teens, either as a solo guitar & vocal act, or often accompanied by a small rhythm combo, most commonly performing at clubs, bars, and festivals throughout the Southeast and mid-south. He has billed on the roster for numerous prestigious annual blues events such as the King Biscuit in Helena, Arkansas and several times at Juke Joint Fest in Clarksdale, MS. He has also enjoyed numerous tours of Europe, promoting over a half-a-dozen album releases, most notably appearing twice at the world-famous Bellinzona Blues Festival in Switzerland while still in his early 20′s. Coen has shared a bill or opened for many classic blues artists such as James Cotton, Junior Wells, Bo Diddley, Koko Taylor, Big Jack Johnson, T-Model Ford, David “Honeyboy” Edwards, and Britain’s John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers. He has also shared bills with such non-blues performers as Wynton Marsalis, Richie Havens, Mountain, Eric Burdon, Tito Puente and Toots & The Maytals.
Just these past few years Davis has played at clean-up kickoffs along coastal Mississippi for Katrina victims, performing before the Mayors of each city, and was honored with an achievement award for his conglomerate relief efforts.