Davin McCoyVocals/ Rhythm Guitars
“Sometimes I feel completely disingenuous, the one place I have never felt that way is in music”
As an 8 year old, Davin McCoy would whistle “Sittin on the Dock of the Bay” in his sleep. The well of creative passion was beginning to seep. Born in Albany, Georgia and raised in separate households, Davin’s inherent gift and calling for music would finally manifest at age 12, when he found the guitar. Shortly thereafter, Davin began writing his own songs—musical emotion and expression akin to Cat Stevens, Van Morrison and of course, Otis Redding. After a short stint at the University of Hawaii, Davin succumbed to his calling and began his life-long dedication to writing and performing; to observing and inspiring. At 21, Davin teamed up with Clay Cook (John Mayer, Shawn Mullins, Zack Brown, Marshall Tucker) to record his first full length musical effort 40 Days From Friday. Unyielding to fear and eager for experience, Davin quickly shipped off to London where he would take up a publishing deal and continue to write and perform. As the intensity and efficacy of his writing grew, the urge to live and feel and the apparent need to travel and encounter became clearer. Davin’s music would take him over oceans and across continents, from London to L.A., and to Florida via New York. Perhaps in the realization of his roots, Davin returned to Georgia, where parallel destinies converged and a long overdue meeting took place with music legend Davis Causey (Sea Level, Allman Bros.). Recording sessions with Causey led to the creation of So Good, So Cruel, Davin’s newest album and his most inspired work. Inspiring indeed, as Causey would need to hail the talents of masters and former Sea Level band mates Randall Bramblett and Chuck Leavell (Allman Bros, Rolling Stones, Sea Level) to play on the record along with a borrowed Widespread Panic horn section. Together with Casey Crogan on the drums, Davin and company made magic in the studio. Calling on every influence available, there was never an attempt to hide where the bodies in this collection of sure to be classic, timeless songs were buried.
‘Twas the eve of December 6, 1985. Gershwin was softly humming from the phonograph in the dimly lit hospital room. Gently rocking in mother’s arms was quite a portentous little critter: it was the Oregonian, and the fated drummer for Davin McCoy, Casey O’Brien Crogan. And so how did it come to be? It starts with hearing David Bowie at the age of 5, and wanting more. It continued with locking himself in his room and imbibing The Doors whilst his friends were out at the rolling rink playing spin the bottle in fifth grade. But these were merely prerequisites to the day when, at age 15, he bought his first drumset for $90 and a can of Timberwolf. He would spend the remainder of his high school days teaching himself to play, grinding out hours upon hours emulating his favorite drummers: Bonham, Beauford, Copeland, and Carey. And finally, at the age of 17, a mutual acquaintance of Casey and Davin scheduled a rendezvous and within moments of jamming, it was clear a great alliance was to be made.
Brendan McMackinBlues Harp
Brendan Sean McMackin was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin. After relocating to Atlanta Georgia at age 9, his pension for blues harmonica was born out of appreciation for musical legends such as Slim Harpo, Junior Kimbrough, and Taj Mahal, to name a few. After meeting Davin at a bar they both played frequently, Brendan sat in on a few shows and was later asked to join full time. Now Brendan's harp work has became an indispensable piece of the group.