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Reverend Gary Davis is the all natural original. Born ready in South Carolina in 1896, Gary personalized a unique musical style, enabling him to play a bottomless repertoire of blues, gospel, and everything and anything in between.

Gary went partially blind as a youngster and became totally blind at the age of 30, but that didn't deter him from learning harp, banjo, and guitar. He took to the streets as a musician in the '10's and '20's, and in 1933, was decreed a minister of the Free Baptist Connection Church, in turn, rendering from blues to gospel, at least when his wife wasn't around.

Apparently receiving a sour deal in 1935 during his first recording sessions, Gary refused to record again. Though, he would eventually give in. Times got hard, no thanks to the depression, so he moved to New York with his wife in hopes of allocating work. Once again, Gary hit the streets and gave lessons to make ends meet and in the mid 1940's; he managed to record twice. It wasn't long before he was "rediscovered" during the blues revival as a true, emotional artist. What made him authentic, like most blues artists, was his refusal to play the same song the same way twice. He played a 12-string Bozo guitar, and could play in any key, any time.

Gary did his last singing in 1972, but his style still influences generations of musicians to this day. He personalized a style of his own. Reverend Gary Davis' is the all natural original.