With his trademark fedora hat, raw lyrics, and his amazing awe-inspiring live performances, Nathan Davis was a musical sensation waiting to happen. Director Dean Garris' fascinating and ultimately touching portrait traces Nathan's story from his early experience as a musical prodigy and turbulent years of self-discovery to his ultimate rise as a singer-songwriter on the edge of greatness.

Nathan at microphone

After releasing 4 records independently and gaining a small but loyal fan-base across the Southeast, Davis was in the studio recording his next album with Grammy-nominated producer John Custer when tragedy struck. Years later, Nathan's music refuses to die and his legacy continues to grow through the fans and musicians he inspired.

Nathan with guitar and cigarette

An astonishing archive of video, performance footage, and photos complements interviews with Nathan's parents, producer John Custer, music writer Jennifer Layton, along with fellow musicians, friends, colleagues and fans to reveal someone who was not inspired to play music, but driven to play as a way to save himself.