Former Fulton Resident tours with Nashville Band

Jake Davenport, resident of Nashville, Tenn., and formerly of Fulton, will be touring this summer as a drummer with Ben Gallaher and his band of Nashville.

Ben Gallaher, Nashville country music artist and Pennsylvania native, will launch his summer tour, “No Strings Attached,” with a six-week run of dates starting May 3 in Warrendale, Pa., and stretching across the East Coast with a tour finale June 6 – 9, in Nashville at the CMA Music Festival.

Jake Davenport
Jake Davenport

Sponsored by Snagajob, the nation’s largest hourly employment marketplace for job seekers and employers and headquartered in Richmond, Va., No Strings Attached is Gallaher’s first official tour and will feature his full band playing music from his self-titled album, as well as new releases.

Jake is the son of former Fulton residents Liz Weske and Gary Davenport.

He has been living in the Nashville area attending college and pursuing his passion in the music business.

His passion for music started when he was very young.

His uncle, Rob Weske, also formerly of Fulton, was a big influence on him, according to his mother.

“His uncle introduced him to all kinds of music – Rolling Stones, Beatles, etc at a very young age. Lots of history about the bands, too,” she said. “All I can think to tell you about Jake is that he is a self-taught musician; plays drums, guitar and harmonica. He was in many a garage band through high school. He is also a singer. And, he received the first ever scholarship from G. R. Bodley High School for ‘Thinking outside the Box.'”

He went to school in Tempe, Ariz., after he graduated to become a sound engineer, she said, adding “A really saturated field.”

He attended and completed a program at the Conservatory of Recording Arts and Sciences.

“He is a bit of a late bloomer, going back to college at 25 and is thinking of majoring in Music Production,” his mother said. “Nashville has been a great fit for him.”

“I have played in countless groups all over the country. I think here in Nashville I’ve really found my groove and a great bunch of guys to play with,” Jake said. “I am not sure if music has ruined or saved my life. Maybe a little of both. Bands often come and go like the seasons. So, I am hoping we can persevere and keep playing together.”

In addition to Gallaher as lead guitarist and vocals, the band members include:
Eric LaFontsee – Rhythm/Lead Guitar – Lakeville, Minn.
Zach Crouch – Bass Guitar – St. Louis, Mo.
Jake Davenport – Drums – Nashville, Tenn.

For more information on Gallaher or the No Strings Attached Tour, connect with Ben Gallaher Music on Facebook.