When Brad Davis sings the title track off of his latest album, “I Need Music,” nothing could be more true. Davis has been raised on music, playing since he was just a little guy of only five years old.

When Brad Davis sings the title track off of his latest album, “I Need Music,” nothing could be more true. Davis has been raised on music, playing since he was just a little guy of only five years old.

He will show just that on Saturday night as he takes the stage at the Music for Meals benefit at St. Joseph’s parish hall in Rowena. He will be joined by his band and Tom Glosup and Crossfire.

It could be said that the Grammy award winning guitar virtuoso, whose signature double-down flat picking style is legendary, really does need music to feed his soul. It is such an integral part of his DNA, with his father teaching him at a young age. By the age of 10 and 11 years old he was playing in a bluegrass band with his father and brother, Greg.

The brothers Davis would hone their skills (Greg played the banjo) on bluegrass, but would later get into the rock genre, emulating acts like Van Halen and the Doobie brother.

He recalled getting a call to go play with legendary country artist Ricky Skaggs. By this time, Davis was ready to throw his life into music full time, so he dropped out of college, packed everything he owned and headed to Nashville, Tenn.

But he would get his first lesson in the fickle and often disheartening reality of the music business.

“I did not get the job,” Davis recalled. “They gave it to someone else.”

But he did not give up. He got a job at Opryland, playing the fiddle. He was what he called a “roving minstrel.”

But his diligence paid off, he would land a job with the Forrester Sisters and played lead guitar for them for five years.

“They were opening for Conway Twitty,” Davis said. “I was scared to death.”

But, he soldiered on, and eventually, would land an audition with famed country legend Marty Stuart. The day he auditioned, 30 guys were ahead of him.

“I was the last one to audition,” Davis said. “He wanted to hear me flat pick. He said, ‘you’re the guy. I need someone I can train not someone with an attitude.’”

And there Davis would remain for 11 years. But during that time, which was one of some ups and downs, Davis would play with a lot of legends in the business, like Willie Nelson and Earl Scruggs. He would quit Stuart a time or two, and in between leaving and returning, he would land gigs with the Sweethearts of the Rodeo and play with musicians like Sheryl Crow, John Hiatt and many others. It would be Stuart who introduced Davis to Billy Bob Thornton and since that meeting, he has been a member of Thorton’s group “The Boxmasters.”

Fast forward to today, and Davis is a quite a busy guy. He has just released a 16-track album, aptly titled “I Need Music,” and recently finished compiling a tribute to the 80s, which crosses genres. Davis recorded the 80s tune “Africa” originally recorded by Toto, in a bluegrass style.

These days, Davis spends 70 percent of his time producing in his studio in Commerce. He also teaches the flat picking technique at Texas A & M Commerce.

And when he’s not doing that, he’s playing or hanging out with Glosup, who brought him to Ballinger last fall to help with the work on the county’s damaged roofs – which is an avocation that gets him out of the studio.

But he’s doing a bit of traveling – especially for the Runnels County show, for which both are donating their talents.

Glosup will be bringing his band Crossfire to the event, which is a band he has been a part of since the 1980s. Crossfire has performed for years at The Stockyards in Fort Worth with artists like Tommy Alverson.

“Tommy recorded one of my songs called ‘This Bottle,’” Glosup recalled it is a shuffle with about nine feet of grease on it.”

Glosup grew up in a musical family – his dad had a radio show and was a musician as was his grandfather, a minister and his great uncle who was the famous singing cowboy Eddie Bean.

Glosup, who says his father presented him with a guitar when he was young, showed him a G-chord and said “when you can play that chord come get me and I’ll show you another.”

At the time, Glosup decided to stick to sports. It would be years later, when friends told him he had a voice and he should sing.

These two crossed paths and well, the rest is history. Each week, Glosup hosts a Monday Night Jam with Brad, and whoever shows up sits in and plays.

They have been looking forward to coming to play for Runnels County since meeting County Judge Barry Hilliard last fall.

In fact, they are planning a special set of his favorite tunes.

Both say they are dedicated to helping Meals on Wheels raise funds to feed Runnels County folks. Davis’ sponsor Alvarez guitars has donated four acoustic guitars to the auction and Glosup has donated three electric guitars for the event.

“We are looking forward to it,’ Davis said. “It is going to be a great time.”

“We are there to raise money,” Glosup said. “Since it is a benefit it's like you are part of it and we are looking forward to this.”