MuseMyth Recordings is a label that is here to expose artists doing their own music from the local area and beyond. Though Gary Davenport is the founder of the label and has set it up to expose his own music, he is hoping to expand with other artists interested in exposing their own creativity. Closet Records is a label under the umbrella of the MuseMyth label which will have future recordings along with re-issues of older Closet Record recordings and the unreleased album by Mannequin from 1982.
Available at this point in time are Wonder Slips Away and Vita Nova which are both solo releases from Gary. In the works are recordings for the next LP, The Door Into Summer which is still in the process of being recorded.
The band that supports Gary is called Alchemy and consists of drummer Dylan Martin who is also a member of the band Triaxe. Dylan came aboard in January of 2012.
Brandon Bombardier is now on lead guitar and is also a member of Triaxe. Brandon is the newest member of Alchemy as of December 2012.
Kevin Lewis is on bass guitar. He has performed and recorded for over 30 years with the likes of Doug Sahm, Shawn Sahm, Augie Meyers, Clay Meyers, Shawn Phillips, Tish Hinojosa, Terri Hendrix and Lloyd Maines, Trinidad Pan Masters/World Tribe/E7, Mark Monaco, Michael Waid, and Chris Pfeiffer. He also performed for the president of Finland with Jartse Tuominen in the 2002 Winter Olympics. Kevin is well known in the San Antonio area and his contributions to Gary's songs has given an edge and quality that is very noticeable. A true and gentle soul. He first played music with Gary in 1997.
Fred Masinter is on violin and is classically trained. He has been with Gary since 1994 and his contributions have given Gary's songs depth and added beauty with his prolific performances and arrangements. In his spare time he also gives violin instruction.
Genevieve Davenport is on cello and backing vocals and is currently a member of the groups The Wanderers and Halcyon. She resides in Austin, Tx.
A summary of Gary's career in music follows.
Gary Davenport has been performing and recording for the last 34 years. His first exposure to a wider audience was through the band Mannequin of which he was the founding member. The band released two EPs in 1979 and 1980 released on Closet Records; a label established by Gary and ex-Mannequin member Mark Champion. Mannequin had also recorded music for an LP that was never issued.
During this same period, Gary also recorded and released records with Mark Champion and another with Charles Athanas which were also issued on the Closet Records label.
From 1981 to 1982, a side project with Himmel was a creative outlet with fellow Mannequin member, Steve Sanchez and also Henry Arispe and Art Sarkis. This music was an exotic blend of ambient and world musics.
After several incarnations from 1976 until 1983, Gary and Steve closed the door on Mannequin. In 1984, Gary's next endeavor was with Red Square; a creative rock group with Will Willard on lead guitar, Steve Sanchez on bass, and Karl Yelderman on drums. The band released one album that enjoyed critical success and did well locally. Red Square dissolved in 1988.
In 1985, a compilation album, "As Raindrops Become Ocean" was issued on Closet Records featuring various artists from the San Antonio area. Gary and Mark Champion had songs on this compilation along with John Marcell, Cathy Ragland, Brian Pogue, Mark Semmes (formerly of the Rejects), Scott Potter and Will Willard, Mike Burton, and the Bridge (Art Sarkis). Produced by Cathy Ragland and Gary Davenport.
In 1992, Gary released his first solo recording on cassette, "Vita Nova". It was re-issued on CD on the MuseMyth label in October of 2011 and is available here at the MuseMyth Recordings store.
Taking a break from performing or recording, Gary once again began the process in 1994 that would become "Wonder Slips Away" which was finally released in April 2010 on the MuseMyth label and is also available here at the MuseMyth Recordings store.
More music will continue to be recorded and issued for release in the years ahead. Thanks to everyone for your support and interest.