By Sheena Barnett
TUPELO – Dane Davenport has a history with the Link Centre, but he’s never actually been there.
Davenport is an old friend of Derek Russell, the Link Centre’s director of operations.
When Russell needed colorful, eye-catching posters for his Words with Films series at the Link, he called on Davenport to design them. He’s designed those posters for nearly a year now.
Though he’s a talented graphic designer, his passion is music.
He’ll perform his original music Friday in the Link Centre’s Concert Hall as a part of its Monthly Music Mix.
“My background is in graphic design, but I sent myself a resignation email about that, just because I’d been putting off music for so long,” Davenport said. “I’ve been playing songs for about 10 years.”
Davenport, 27, grew up listening to his mom’s vinyl collection, which he now owns, and his mother suggested he learn an instrument. He chose the guitar, and for years he studied classical guitar.
These days, Davenport’s style is deeply rooted in folk.
His biggest influences include Damien Rice and Tom Petty.
His songs are personal, but not necessarily autobiographical.
“I see myself as a storyteller, so often times the details are not direct representations of of how they happened to me. But the emotions are 100 percent directly from my veins,” he said. “I like living in that world of muddleness and letting people wonder what is and what isn’t true from my own life. It’s not really about me. It’s about the emotions we all share. Music is about communication.”
Davenport will perform solo at the Link Centre. The first 50 will be seated on the stage with him for an especially intimate show.
Davenport’s debut EP, “Time Flies,” is available for now for free. He hopes to record a full-length record and tour Europe later this year. Right now, though, he’s on a tour of the states.
“I’m really excited for this tour,” he said. “I’m excited to play at the Link Centre, and I’m lucky enough to be on stage.”
MONTHLY MUSIC MIX
• Who: Dane Davenport
• When: 7:30 p.m. Friday
• Where: Link Centre Concert Hall
• Cost: $10/adults, $5/students
• Info: (662) 690-4011