Carolyn Davis doesn’t act like she’s someone special. She’s just quietly talented and doesn’t give much thought to how integral a part she plays with her voice, keyboard talents and guitar abilities. She plays for the sheer delight of it, and lights up a room with her smile and her voice. On Thursday night jams at the Flying Dog Café on Tallevast Road in Sarasota, Florida, Carolyn is right there where we all want her to be. Singing everything from Bonnie Raitt to Gladys Knight while tickling the ivories and injecting her personal style into the mix, she is just a happy, feel-good person who can uplift the spirit in the room with just a few notes. You can probably tell that Carolyn is my friend, yet I haven’t totally lost my objectivity. Ask anyone in the music scene from Bradenton through Sarasota and beyond and they know Carolyn both for her talent and her sweet personality.
Her home band is the Main Street Station Band who rocks the house with their collection of yesterday’s hits which feature everything from the Fifth Dimension to the Eagles. You really want to bring your dancing shoes to one of their performances, or you’ll be dancing in your chair. Carolyn also performs in the Thursday night Jams at the Dog with the Stray Dawgs as well as duos for smaller venues, and as a soloist. She is remarkably adaptable and superbly talented in any kind of arrangement.
Having grown up in Vermont, Carolyn decided to enter a Karaoke Contest and since she heard her first applause, she was hooked. Beginning with the guitar, Carolyn was constantly striving to learn more, sing better, and be more confident in her abilities. Other players and singers were generous, taking her under their wing while she soaked up new knowledge like a sponge. Now, Carol is in the position to mentor other up-and-coming local talent.
“What’s next for you,” I asked. “Well, I’m getting into writing my own music and lyrics and recording some of it in my brother Stevie’s studio.” Brother Steve Fayette has a state-of-the-art recording studio in Sarasota called Eternal Sound. I can’t wait to hear this new music and see how it develops and how Carolyn works it into her performances.
See her at the Thursday night jams at the Flying Dog Café, and log onto her Main Street Station Band’s website for performance dates……Main Street Station Band. You won’t want to miss out on an opportunity to see and hear one of the area’s major talents in action!