Moot Davis: A Rocker With A Honky-Tonk Heart The guitarist grew up in New Jersey but absorbed the country music his West Virginian parents loved. His new album is Man About Town.
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Moot Davis: A Rocker With A Honky-Tonk Heart

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Moot Davis: A Rocker With A Honky-Tonk Heart

Moot Davis: A Rocker With A Honky-Tonk Heart

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Moot Davis performs two songs live in NPR's Studio 4A.

"Queensbury Rules"

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Though guitarist Moot Davis grew up a New Jersey rocker, he had an appreciation for country music thanks to his West Virginian parents. But it wasn't until he saw a certain cola commercial that he really turned a corner.

"It was either Coke or Pepsi," Davis recalls. "Basically, the delivery man is wheeling a soft drink into a store, and as he's putting in his product, he sees the opposing product, and goes and grabs one to have a drink of it. And then, 'Your Cheatin' Heart' by Hank Williams starts playing. It just mesmerized me — it changed everything."

Davis plays rockabilly, honky-tonk and what some critics have called "thinking man's country" on his new album Man About Town. He discusses it with NPR's Jacki Lyden and performs two songs.