Nashville newcomer a Music City Sessions artist at Stamford Palace

March 22, 2018 GMT

As part of its Music City Sessions, featuring emerging talent from Nashville, Tenn., the Stamford Palace Theatre will feature Jacob Davis on Thursday, March 29. The opening act will be Nikki Briar.

“The musical influences that sound tracked Jacob Davis’ upbringing in Shreveport, La., are essential to the creation of his sound. The Black River Entertainment songwriter/artist is coming out with a fresh sound, and a road-tested live show having already opened for artists including Lady Antebellum, Hunter Hayes, Sam Hunt, Billy Currington and Kelsea Ballerini,” his bio said.

Davis has said his musical influences in his early years came from life at home. “Around the house, we’d listen to songwriting legends like Otis Redding, James Taylor and the ’90s country greats, including Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw and Alan Jackson,” he says on his website.

“My first performance was an open mic night at a bar in Baton Rouge” while a college student at Louisiana State University, Davis has said. “ I remember nervously waiting to go on stage and seeing more and more of my buddies walk through the door. I was only supposed to play three songs that night, but the bar owner told me to keep playing. I don’t know if he thought I was any good … or just saw that I brought in a crowd, but I didn’t ask questions, I just kept playing.”

After graduating with a degree in environmental science and spending a year working for an oil company, Davis said he decided it was time to create a new future for himself in Nashville. “I knew with everything in me that it was what I had to do. And there was no fighting it.”

The Palace Theatre, 61 Atlantic St., Stamford. Thursday, March 29, 8 p.m. $5. Suggested for teens and adults. 203-325-4466, palacestamford.org