Eagle Flying Home
Greetings from Nashville. Claude spent the early years of his childhood at the Blue Heron Coal Mine. His father, Rev. Ralph H. Davis was a miner, as was his grandfather. His mother's family also worked in the mines. (see picture of Claude as a little boy coming out of the mines) Claude joined the Marine Corps in 1968. He was discharged in Oct. of 1969, after spending three months in a hospital recovering from his wounds. Claude doesn't talk much about that period of time, but his experiences can be heard in some of the songs he has written. Claude is highly decorated vet, but you won't hear him talking about that. For 15 years after Viet Nam, Claude Traveled all over the country, first as a long-haul truck driver, and various positions with a variety of organizations. Through all of the travels, Claude was singing. He was known as the'singing truck driver with the rockin' rollin' road show. In 1982 he 'settled' in the New England area. He formed the 'End Of The Line Band' and started the Double D Production Company. Claude had recorded his first body of work with a group known as 'The Gosple Travelers' in 1967. From 1982 until 1990, the End Of The Line grew to be the most well known band in all of New England, and in 1987 made their first trip to California. After that, the Band really took off. From California to Baltimore, New York to Alabama, the End Of The Line played to packed houses, TV shows, major concert dates, and recorded in Nashville. In 1991, Claude moved to Nashville. He continued with his love for music, doing session work ( a much sought after bass singer), producing other acts, writing, and traveling occasionally to other states. In 1998, Claude was inducted into the New England County Music Hall of Fame. He also during this period of time managed to go back to College, earning his degree in Psychology. He had been working with youth at risk, some of the most violent and troubled individuals in custody. He started the Cross Roads Church for the youth, and they responded with love and compassion. Even today, officials in Davidson County of Tennessee talk about the choir from Cross Roads Church touching the hearts of all they came in contact with. In 1998, the death of Claude's 22 year old step son brought another life changing event to Claude. He had been the 'dad' for over 13 years. Claude found that the distance between his heart and his head was a long road. For the next five years, Claude makes no secret of the fact that he was in hell, total absence from God. In 2003, he was at the end, ready to end his own life. When he turned back to God, he realized that God had never left him. Through the help of his Church ( Nashville Cowboy Church) and a twelve step program, Claude began to live again. God made it very clear to Claude that He had a mission for him. In 2004, Claude founded the Miracle in Motion Inc. Ministry. Double D Productions again began to work. The Coal Miner Jamboree started in Feb. 2004. Claude has traveled from his home in Nashville to his Childhood home of Stearns, KY. every weekend since. From the front porch of an old general store building to inside a local school (for the winter) to today's outdoor stage, the Miracle continues. Claude and his lovely wife Evalyn intend to move to Stearns within 5 years. For now, he continues to travel, bringing with him some of the greatest names in music, as well as up and coming artists. The End Of The Line is alive once again, and better than ever. All the Musicians in the band share in Claude's dream. It is not about fame and self promotion, it is about bringing world class family friendly shows, with a healthy dose of the Gospel of God's Love, to the people of Stearn's KY. He has recorded two albums in the past year, and is currently working on material for a new project. Look for the 'Note's From Claude page soon to be on the web site. Claude expresses his gratitude for all the help and encouragement he has received over the past few months. In particular, that 'Down-Under' bunch. You know who you are. Remember, YOU ARE A MIRACLE IN MOTION God Bless..Claude.