INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The Indianapolis music scene mourns the loss of longtime blues musician Governor Davis who died Wednesday morning.
The concert hall staff at the Slippery Noodle Inn said the downtown tavern liked to host the musician because a full house came when he performed.
“For me personally, I’ve never heard anything but love from anyone’s mouth about him,” said Sara Atherton, office manager of the Slippery Noodle Inn. “People who enjoyed music, like he was one of the best. I guess this is a loyal group.
Davis, originally from Chicago, came to Indianapolis during his college days. Other musicians said he made an impact on the city’s music scene almost immediately. Derrick Muncy says he’s been honored to play alongside Davis on several occasions. He said Davis’ unique style made him stand out.
“It’s not about following. No one will follow Governor Davis, playing with his teeth and jumping up and down. Nobody will do that, ”Muncy said.
He adds that the bond between Indy’s musicians gives them more fulfillment than any crowd or wave of applause. “The love and the camaraderie has become this huge portion that it’s not about competition or anything like that. It’s like “Dude, I’m so glad to see you”, “I’m glad you’re alive”, “I’m glad you’re dynamic”, “I can see you still keep your light on, ‘ “
Muncy also said he knew Davis wouldn’t want his fans or fellow musicians to sulk; he would like them to continue enjoying the live music and keep smiling.
The Slippery Noodle Inn will be hosting a Davis family fundraising event on October 27.