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  • Audio CD (April 9, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Red House
  • ASIN: B000063IT8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,825 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Although this New Yorker is the son of actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, he sings as if he was not only born into a hard Mississippi life, but swallowed it piece by piece, each injury scarring his vocal cords on its way down. Add to that the buzzing acoustic slide tones he opens the disc with and the dark sentiments on the alcoholic's lament "Good Liquor" and the plea for remembrance "Six Feet of Cold Ground," and the result is Davis's most potent blues recording. When Davis's harmonica makes occasional appearances, it's as rich in emotional resonance as his frayed voice. The solo that tags "Loneliest Road That I Know," a take on Fred McDowell's "61 Highway," is especially expressive, blowing short phrases of fragile melody over an already moody bed of Hammond B-3 organ. Davis augments his music with a full electric band here, but it's his musicianship that leads the arrangements--sometimes into unpredictable territory. The roadhouse love song "Layla, Layla" is colored by Davis's didgeridoo playing, and he picks five-string banjo on his original spiritual, "I Will Be Your Friend." Another surprise is the finger-picked guitar tune "Honeydew Melon Rag," the kind of instrumental that jug bands used to perform on Memphis's legendary Beale Street 70 years ago. Davis also makes room for his folk-music roots in his blues, offering "Grandma Is Dancing" as a warm-hearted tribute to a matriarch, complete with a shaky, home-spun group melody on its chorus. Altogether, this CD's 15 tunes offer a pleasing, well-rounded overview of Davis's art. --Ted Drozdowski

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B.P. on November 11, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I've never been much of a blues fan myself. Never really paid much attention to the music genera or venture into it. Until now that is. When I was first introduced to Guy Davis in concert one night with some friends. He is one performer that I've become strangely enthused about.

I am impressed with his talent not only as a musician but also as a song writer. He has a poetic way in capturing the emotional essence with so few words. Not to mention having a great voice, classic. Most songs exhibit a nice old-timey sound, which I think is where he shines the most. Whether it be the harp, washboard, guitar or banjo. This guy is truly an artist. He is a bit of an inspiration. Just have to appreciation his infectious, entertaining style and skill. Sometimes amusing, sometimes serious, always down-to-earth and rather unpretentious.

Honeydew Melon Rag, track number seven is a sweet guitar instrumental piece. Was an instant personal favorite of mine when he played it live in concert. Jappatowne is another favorite which I heard live and also prompted me to buy the CD. Although unfortunately the Jappatowne story intro (track 14) is a much shorter, edited version from what he performed live. Be sure to also listen to the unforgettable Layla, Layla, track number six with it's didgeridoo accompaniment. So unusual and fun.

A worthwhile purchase, recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rachel on August 16, 2002
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I love this album. I have listened to it a million times already, and have enjoyed every moment like it was the first. Guy Davis' guitar playing, voice and lyrics are quite intoxicating. The song "I don't know" was what got me hooked, after hearing it on the local folk music station. But the whole album definitely lives up to its name. He clearly composed this album with his full heart and soul, and the product is wonderful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Alfred Johnson on May 3, 2012
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A couple of years ago I spent no little cyberspace "ink" on the question of who would carry on the folk tradition that the folk revival artists of my generation, the generation of '68, "discovered" back in the day. You know artists like Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Tom Paxton, Eric Von Schmidt and Dave Van Ronk and others digging into the American song book provided by Harry Smith, the Lomaxes and the Seegers to preserve Woody Guthrie and stuff even further back down to the hills and hollows of Appalachia (I know I am supposed to write hollas but there you have it), down to the southern delta plantation moans, down to backwater Mississippi juke joint groans after a hard Saturday night of love, fights and headaches, and out west, out west where as Thomas Wolfe stated, the states are square to gather in the cowboy and farm traditions found in the great migrations to the coast, west coast of course. I came up with a few candidates like Keb Mo' and Carol Hemmings then just to make my point.

I am now trying to take that basic point and pose the question here of who will carry out the great American blues night tradition started back in the early part of the 20th century (as least the part we know about from recordings and radio) and which produced great music from Charley Patton, Son House, Skip James, Mississippi John Hurt and the like on through to Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf , Ike Turner, and Taj Majal. That last name mentioned not by accident as the artist under review, Guy Davis, consciously or not, and I think consciously, owns at least a debt of gratitude to Taj for breaking some ground for him in the blues milieu.
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Guy Davis releases his fifth release on Red House Records following his excellent "Butt Naked Free". Despite the success of the last release Davis revamps the entire band line up with the exception of Mark Murphy on bass. Gary Burke replaces Levon Helm on drums, W'ali Muhammad replaces John Platania on electric guitar, Ken Whitely replaces T-Bone Wolk on mandolin, Zoe B. Zak adds accordion to the mix and Kevin Slattery now handles all piano and B3 organ. The personnel change can most notably be heard on songs like "Six Cold Feet Of Ground", which sounds more rounded and fuller than the solo style which persisted throughout Davis' earlier recordings. Overall, this CD retains the same quality as "Butt Naked", however, with the exception of one or two tracks, is not as upbeat. Sticking to Davis' predominately influences and acoustic roots, he opens with covers of songs written by Big Bill Broonzy and Fred McDowell. Those opening two tracks set the stage for some Davis originals which sound as though they were cut from the same sheet of timeless music. No real surprises here and nobody does this type of music better than Guy Davis.
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By Tiffany on June 11, 2014
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Great album. I like many different blues based sounds and this is an artist and album that I thoroughly enjoy listening to regularly. He has a lot of soul in his sound.
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