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Top of the mountain

Camden’s Davis releases new album

Posted: August 29, 2013 5:15 p.m.
Updated: August 30, 2013 5:00 a.m.

Camden son Patrick Davis believes it’s finally happening for the Gamecocks. In fact, he believes the Cocks may be close to the top of the mountain not far from the promised land. Perhaps this “land of Canaan” will come in the form of a national championship.

For the moment, fans will agree with Davis and allow the release of his new album, “The Gamecock Album,” boost their fanatical, Clowney-induced Carolina spirit even more.

Davis, who lives in Nashville, is doing what he loves most -- singing and writing music. The University of South Carolina (USC) alum is happy to be almost at the finish line with his new album.

“I’ve had to keep it pretty quiet over the past several months due to NCAA rules,” Davis said.

But silent no more. “The Gamecock Album” released August 23 with amazing response from Davis’ fan base and then some.

“When you’re on the fringes of what works with country radio, you have to find other avenues that will hit a larger audience,” he said. “It’s been great to see reaction from such a high number of young people as well.”

Within a few days of its release, “The Gamecock Album” topped the iTunes charts, coming in at a favorable No. 38 and had sold out at Lexington’s Garnet & Black Traditions. Davis continues to receive emails and texts from all over the country from those who love all that is Gamecock.

“They get excited about anything to do with the Cocks. It’s been a great few weeks,” he said.

With the new album, Davis was able to reach his fan base in two ways: one with the USC songs and two with some of his own music.

Davis’ connection with the Gamecocks came much earlier than his days as a USC student. He has been a fan as long as he can recall.

“Most of us in South Carolina will go one way or another -- Carolina or Clemson. I have always been a Carolina fan and always will be,” he said.

In 2009, Davis released the single “Just A Big Ole Gamecock.”

“I wrote my first USC song sitting on my couch in about 45 minutes. This is where it all got started,” Davis said.

His wife insisted that he record the song and send it to his “buddies in South Carolina” and the fire began to spread.

“It was very natural, almost cult-like how it took off. The response was great. I began to receive numerous requests on line and through social media from fans wanting more USC stuff,” Davis said.

He would proceed with some hesitation but the Gamecock frenzy would continue with Davis adding “Wingo and His Yard Cocks” to his Carolina repertoire in 2011, writing that one during USC’s second national championship game in the College World Series. The flames of this garnet and black fire grew hotter and caught the interest of USC’s athletic department and, more specifically, the school’s marketing director, Eric Nichols.

Davis and Nichols began tossing around the idea of an USC-supported album. Davis wasn’t convinced at first. He had heard school-themed albums that appeared to have been thrown together to make a fast buck. For Davis, this would not be driving factor.

“My worry above everything else would be that the album was perceived as a money-grab. I have certain standards I want to live up to. I want to come up with songs that at the end of the day I can hang my hat on,” Davis said. “It comes down to making the kind of music I can stand behind and people can listen to for years.”

A lot of hard work went in to the album and now the rest is history.

“The Gamecock Album” is a mix of five school-themed songs and seven of Davis’ non-Gamecock songs. Some of the lyrics go beyond the sports like in “We Ain’t Far.”

Some folks swore

we’d never climb this high.

But the best things in life

they take a little time.

Davis brought in friends Darius Rucker and Edwin McCain to collaborate on “We Ain’t Far.”

“As a musician, it is quite an honor to call them friends and an amazing pleasure to have worked with them on the album. It is very humbling,” Davis said.

Currently, Davis is in the midst of writing, recording and producing music for himself as well as for industry heavyweights including Jewel, Lady Antebellum, James Otto, Rucker and Jimmy Buffet, among others. Davis finds inspiration in the both predictable and unexpected places.

“Anyone that listens to my music knows it is seeped in the South, that’s where my heart is,” he said.

Davis said he is blessed with very supportive and loving parents and siblings. His father, Rusty Davis, a guitar player and local music shop owner, influenced Davis from a young age. Any chance he gets to play on stage with Rusty, he takes. His mother, Jean Davis, takes care of details for Patrick Davis Music at any given time, always with a smile and a heart as does his sisters.

Davis describes his wife, Virginia Hunt Davis, as “pretty amazing.”

As a successful manager in the music industry, she and Davis together have a broad understanding of the industry.

“She is always able to give me great advice,” Davis said.

For now, Patrick Davis is back in the studio working on his sixth album due out early next year and said he sees performing for his fans as his payoff, his reward for his hard work.

For a copy of “The Gamecock Album,” go to Davis’ website, www.patrickdavismusic.com, or Davis & Sons Guitar Shop and Books on Broad, both in Camden.

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