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Star Jamie Davis

STORY BY ALBERT ISAAC PHOTOGRAPHY BY TOM MORRISSEY orth Florida native Jamie Davis, singer, songwriter and guitar player, has been involved in music nearly as long as he has been alive. He comes from a musical family and a large network of musicians and remembers growing up listening to country music’s greats, such as George Strait. He remembers taking guitar lessons from his father. And he fondly recalls sleeping backstage in his father’s guitar case. “My earliest memories were when I was about 3 years old, my dad playing shows and me waking up in his guitar case,” Davis said in a recent interview. “There was something about the smell of that guitar case. He played this old Martin guitar and there was just


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something really comforting about his guitar case. I would just curl up in it backstage and go to sleep.” Davis said his father, Eddy, is a honky-tonk player who performed in the Country Honey Band, which was “really hot in Gainesville” back in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s, playing in such places as the Lone Star. He said his mother’s side of the family is also very strong musically. “I am blessed to come from a musical background,” he said. “My grandma is 91 and plays guitar in the church band.” Davis was born in Gainesville and lived in High Springs until he was about 10 or 11 years old, he said, when he moved to Suwannee County. He went to school in Branford, played music and even

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