A member of The Alabama Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, Alabama native David Davis has traveled and performed as frontman for the bluegrass group David Davis and the Warrior River Boys since 1984. He is recognized as one of the foremost practitioners of the Monroe mandolin technique. His interest in old-time and bluegrass music grew organically from a musical family; both his father and grandfather were players and singers, and his uncle Cleo Davis was one of Bill Monroe’s original Blue Grass Boys. After years of touring coast-to-coast and watching the remaining first-generation masters “live and up-close” at major festivals and hallowed halls, the group signed with Rounder Records in 1989. One of the first pieces of advice Ken Irwin gave them was, “You have a great Bill Monroe thing going; now you should work at creating your own identity.” It was hard to understand at that time in the group’s musical development — kind of a curve ball to the youngsters who prided themselves at playing Bill’s style so faithfully. The future is in the roots. By going back in time, they move forward, growing those roots into a magical potion of ingredients old and new.