Fritz Davis grew up in a musical family. His grandmother on his mother’s side was a ballerina who also played harmonica and steel guitar. His grandfather on his father’s side played piano in silent movie houses and was a rodeo clown. His father sang and played guitar and his uncle was a professional entertainer with a midwest radio show and a stint in the West Coast music scene following World War II.
Fritz made his first recording at age three, a rousing version of Hank William’s “Hey, Good Lookin.” A born singer, he took up guitar at age fourteen and soon began playing in public for school functions and parties. A degree in Theatre prepared him for a career in entertainment which included a five year stint with the Kansas Arts Commission as an Artist in Residence and later with the Traveling Artist program. He also hosted a radio show and made frequent appearances on local television. He performed as a single act and with several bands as well, playing night clubs and concerts in a wide-ranging area.
He moved to Red River, New Mexico, in 1989, performing in nightclubs, ski resorts and music festivals around the area, as well as playing for fundraising benefits for local, state and national organizations including local schools. As an active member of the Red River Historical Society, he entertains civic organizations as well with presentations focusing on Red River history.
Fritz performs around the area, but can most often be seen on the deck on Sundays at Mountain Treasures with a variety of musical cohorts including piano man Jeff Fagan. He does occasional summer appearances at the Community House as well. Around Mardi Gras time he morphs into Fritti Fonteneau, performing with the Fatt Tuesday band.