His chuck wagon is a hotdog stand
November 13, 2011 § Leave a comment
They don’t come any more authentic than Orville Davis, a country music singer born and raised in the south, but inexplicably transplanted to the wilds of New York City. Today’s New York Times features a character sketch of this character who sings and tours with his band The Wild Bunch, but when not warbling a lonely cowboy tune, you can find him at The Bronx Equestrian Center, giving riding lessons and trail rides, and, like as not, mucking out stalls. The article is accompanied by a short video of Orville in a well-worn denim western shirt, on his horse and singing about our very own Central Park. Here’s Orville crooning “Somewhere There’s a Cowboy,” an anthem for any suit-wearing city man who’s ever wanted to rid off into the sunset:
Says The Times,
His get-up was straight out of the Old West, if not Central Casting: Muddy boots, dark suede chaps over worn jeans, tooled leather belt with brass Indian-head buckle, stitched denim shirt, clasped neckerchief, yellow wrangler’s gloves. He had a trimmed-down Wyatt Earp mustache and goatee, and a small gold hoop in his left ear, and his graying ponytail dangled out from his worn leather cowboy hat.
“I’ve had people up from Manhattan tell me, ‘That’s a nice costume,’ ” Mr. Davis said during his stable chores, which he carries out when customers are scant. “I tell them, ‘It’s not a costume, it’s my working duds.’ ”
Whether on tour or riding through the park, the man is at home in a western shirt.
If you want to see more of Orville in his authentic western wear, he hosts an Open Mic at Indian Road Cafe in Inwood (600 W 218th Street at Indian Road) every Monday night at 8pm.
In his own words,“City people like the idea of a cowboy.”