David Evans has been performing country blues (vocal and guitar) since 1962, having learned directly from many southern blues musicians of an older generation. Much of this learning was gained in the course of field research beginning in 1965. Evans is Professor of Music Emeritus at The University of Memphis and is the author of Tommy Johnson (1971), Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues (1982), and The NPR Curious Listener’s Guide to Blues (2005), along with many other publications. He has produced over 50 LPs and CDs of his field and studio recordings of blues, gospel and folk music.
Evans’ first musical partner was the late Alan Wilson, who went on to become a member of the blues-rock group Canned Heat. In the 1980s and 1990s he toured in the United States and Europe as a guitar accompanist to Jessie Mae Hemphill, Hammie Nixon, Johnnie Shines, and Jack Owens, and since 1988 has made over 50 solo tours in 22 countries of Europe, South America, and Africa, including many major festivals. He has also performed at many clubs, concerts, and festivals in the United States over the years, both as an accompanist and soloist, and has presented country blues guitar workshops, master classes, and lectures at many venues in the United States and abroad. Evans has recorded Match Box Blues (Inside Sounds ISC-0514, 2002), Needy Time (Inside Sounds ISC-0532, 2007), Live at Alte Post (Blind Lemon BLR-CD1203, 2012), Under the Yam Yam Tree (Blind Lemon BLR-CD1401, 2014), and Lonesome Midnight Dream (Blind Lemon BLR-CD1801, 2018). The Last Chance Jug Band has also released Shake That Thing! (Inside Sounds ISC-0501, 1997), featuring Evans on vocals, guitar, and kazoo. He has also played guitar on records of Jessie Mae Hemphill and Hammie Nixon.