(photo © Walter Crump)
I am a musician and educator who used to do the former full time in the ’90’s, but now does a mix of the two. I released a bunch of records in the ’90s under my own name and as half of a duo called the Folk Implosion that I co-founded with Lou Barlow in 1993 and left in 2000. I/we worked with both indie and major record labels, including Shrimper, Communion, London, Domino, Interscope, and BMG. Folk Implosion songs have been featured on various film soundtracks, (Kids, Adaptation,) soundtrack albums, (American Beauty,) and TV shows, (The People vs. OJ Simpson, NFL on Fox, 20/20, The Today Show.)
I did not release anything from 2001 – 2013, when I came back with the album Spare Parts in October of that year on the Shrimper label. There is a separate page with more information about this album on this website. I will be releasing a new album in early September of 2017 that I made with producer Scott Solter and a new backing band called The Cicadas. The first track to debut in streaming form, Stock Up All the Prisons, came out via Brooklyn Vegan in April. More premieres will follow in the summer leading to a full/physical release in September via Shrimper Records in the US and Arbouse Recordings in France. We will be playing shows in Europe and the Midwest and South of the US this summer. You can see details about upcoming performances in the Shows and Events page of the site.
I was born in Brattleboro, VT, grew up in Cambridge MA, and spent most of my life in Cambridge or Watertown until I moved to Durham NC in August of 2013. I have a BA in Comparative Literature from Brown University and a Masters degree in Elementary Education from Lesley University. I have practiced Vipassana or Insight meditation since 1986. I am also an activist who identifies as a socialist and has a special interest in defending and transforming public education, which necessarily involves taking up related issues such as race, class, immigration policy, anti-homophobia, etc. I currently serve on the boards of the Durham People’s Alliance and the Durham Association of Educators, where I also pitch in as Treasurer.
The front page of this site features a blog about books, records, recording technology. history, politics, dhamma practice and whatever else I feel like writing about. I tend to post something once a month or so, more when I’m not teaching.
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John H. Davis