Before Mobile’s only blues room celebrates it 14th anniversary on May 10, one of the Mississippi Delta’s best and brightest young blues acts will be holding an epic pre-party. Guitarist David Dunavent and his backing band Evol Love is bringing their new school Delta blues to the Azalea City by way of Clarksdale.
Dunavent has maintained a dedicated following in Clarksdale and beyond with his regular performances at the legendary Ground Zero Blues Club (co-owned by Morgan Freeman), and appearances at the Sunflower River Blues & Gospel Festival and the International Blues Challenge.
When Dunavent was 16, he introduced the world to his blues guitar skills at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale. From there, he moved to the bass guitar and backed bluesman Bill “Howl-N-Madd” Perry. After working with Perry, Dunavent spent time as a musician-for-hire and worked with iconic bluesmen such as Big Jack Johnson, Pinetop Perkins and Hubert Sumlin.
Eventually, this young guitarist struck out on his own with a revolving cast of young musicians backing him, such as Evol Love. Recently, Dunavent has been an integral part of a blues program in the Clarksdale area that mentors young people in the genre. He is also preparing for his first tour as well as his initial appearance at the 2014 B.B. King Homecoming Festival.
David Dunavent & Evol Love
Date: Friday, May 9, at 9 p.m.
Venue: The Blues Tavern, 2818 Government Blvd., www.bluestavern.com