Charles Davis

Biography by

An expert in the music of the Civil War, this Charles Davis should not be confused with the jazz saxophonist or Hawaiian opera singer of the same name. More appropriate would be to confuse him with any…
Read Full Biography

Artist Biography by

An expert in the music of the Civil War, this Charles Davis should not be confused with the jazz saxophonist or Hawaiian opera singer of the same name. More appropriate would be to confuse him with any of the people with this name who died during the Civil War, of which there are plenty. This might be the subject of reflection while listening to Civil War Piano: Parlor Memories, an ambitious project from Davis in which he plays four different instruments and arranges much of the material. Vocalist Sylvia Fellows was his main collaborator on the album, which includes weepers such as "Willie Has Gone to War" and "Just Before the Battle, Mother": hard music for hard times.

The album has a companion volume entitled Civil War Guitar: Campfire Memories, and both are packaged to appeal to Civil War enthusiasts as coffee-table items, not particularly promoting the musicianship of Davis and Fellows or the amount of scholarship and sweat that goes into arranging and preserving such material.