Davis said he's done a little bit of everything. He's played PTA events for elementary schools and birthday parties for 80-year-olds.
Davis started collecting records as a kid, though he said he got out of it for a while, before coming back to it a few years back.
"It was a kind of back-to-the-basics thing for me," he said. "I started with just the albums I played when I was a kid, mostly stuff readily found at flea markets and estate sales, and then went from there."
He gets his records everywhere.
"Every time I go out of town, I end up finding a local record store," Davis said. "I love Budget Tapes & Records."
These days his collection is fairly extensive with some rarities, including an old recording of the West Virginia Coonhunters, one of the groups recorded during the Bristol sessions in the 1920s during what's considered the birth of country music.
"I just love the sound of vinyl," Davis said. "I've got a turntable upstairs in my house and I've got another one downstairs."
Playing his vinyl at parties came as a kind of evolution from having people over to his house for little get-togethers. Davis, a longtime vinyl collector, would break out his records for his friends. That led to bringing them out to other people's parties and then a special show at Manna Meal a few years ago.
Now, he shows up occasionally at Tricky Fish and other venues around town.
"It's kind of cool when a hobby sort of starts paying for itself," he said.
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