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He played music for beer money in Five Points. Now he writes songs for stars

Patrick Davis will perform Friday, Nov. 24, at Music Farm.
Patrick Davis will perform Friday, Nov. 24, at Music Farm. provided photo

Musician Patrick Davis is a seasoned songwriter, having written for big publishing houses in Nashville, Tennessee, for the past 13 years – but around here, people tend to know him for his own University of South Carolina fan anthem, “Big Ole Cock.”

Concertgoers who bring a toy to donate will be entered in a raffle to win merchandise. Kevin Roche provided image

A Camden native, Davis’s Friday, Nov. 24, show at Music Farm will serve as a sort of homecoming event, as well as a release show for his new EP, titled “Where Does it Go.”

Growing up, Davis was around music from a young age. His father, Rusty Davis is a musician and the owner of Davis & Sons Guitar Shop in Camden. It wasn’t until college, however, that he started playing music. He would perform in Five Points and the Vista, “just making beer money,” as he puts it. This led to him writing and playing more, then realizing Nashville was the best place to be a songwriter.

(Side note: He’s still a big Carolina fan. He posted a video singing “God Bless Sin” after the Gamecocks made it to the Final Four in the NCAA tournament, and he performed a free concert with Darius Rucker in honor of the football team’s six-win season last year.)

Davis has written songs for renowned artists such as Lady Antebellum, Darius Rucker, Jimmy Buffett, and lots more. However, over the past year or so, Davis has put more focus on writing his own songs.

“I fell in love with performing first, and songwriting came after that,” he said. “I’d been neglecting the performing aspect for a while and I decided I wanted to get back on the road and I wanted to do it the way I wanted to do it.”

This turn of focus is what led Davis to form the Midnight Choir, his backup band consisting of up to 12 musicians, including his younger sister leading backup vocals and his father playing guitar. The majority of the other musicians are also South Carolinians, Davis explains, making it feel more like a family.

“It’s hard to tour with that many people,” he said, “but it’s also really nice if they’re the right people.”

On Patrick Davis’ new EP, “Where Does it Go,” the singer-songwriter incorporates horns, keys, and backup singers to create a bigger sound and grander performance. Provided photo

With his new band, Davis was ready to write the kind of music he feels represents him the most. “Where Does it Go,” the new EP that came out last month, showcases the new classic full-band sound. Inspired by artists like Lyle Lovett, Davis incorporates horns, keys, and backup singers to create not only a bigger sound, but also a grander performance.

Davis’ music is soulful, bluesy, and carefully put together. His many years of crafting his songwriting are evident on the new EP, and he has no plans of stopping. He sees his release of “Where Does it Go” as the beginning of a longer journey of him honing his skills and becoming the type of artist he truly wants to be.

“I’ve always been a songwriter who just performed, and I want to step away from that and be an artist who writes songs and also performs,” he explains.

The show on Friday will showcase this new performance direction and incorporate other aspects to make it a fun-filled evening.

The concert doubles as a Toys for Tots drive, so anyone who brings a toy will be entered in a raffle to win merch and other prizes. Concertgoers can also try Whiskey Jam Blackberry Whiskey, which Davis and Firefly Distillery released earlier this month.

Davis says he looks forward to returning to South Carolina to perform.

“South Carolina is a pretty special place,” he says. “It feels a little bit different to have support from your hometown folks.”

If you go

Patrick Davis

WHEN: 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 24.

WHERE: Music Farm, 1022 Senate St..

TICKETS: $22 in advance; $25, day of; $15 with student ID.

INFO: www.musicfarm.com.

WORTH NOTING: Take a toy to donate to Toys for Tots, and be entered for a chance to win merchandise and other prizes.