Billboard reports that bluesman Eric “Guitar” Davis was killed in a shooting on Chicago’s South Side early this morning. Davis was discovered in his car after playing a set at the Kingston Mines blues club earlier in the evening.
A fixture in Chicago’s blues scene, Davis was raised with the blues in his blood. His father, Bobby “Top Hat” Davis, was a well-respected drummer who played with the likes of Ray Charles and Muddy Waters. The younger Davis originally took up drums and began playing live at just ten years old. As a drummer, Eric played with the likes of Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, B.B. King, Tyrone Davis, and many more.
Davis was most recently playing with a blues trio called Eric “Guitar” Davis and the Troublemakers. The group had just signed a deal with the venerable blues label Delmark Records.
Police are still investigating Davis’ death and the possibility that it was connected with another shooting nearby. No arrests have been made at this time.