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While carrying the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, Guy Davis came back with some fresh inspiration and new stories to tell. 'Kokomo Kidd,' Guy's follow-up album to the hugely successful 'Juba Dance' from 2013, finds the blues ambassador visiting fresh territory.
His deft acoustic playing and well-crafted lyrics are here as always. And though Davis calls on his gifts as an actor and storyteller, some of his new songs are personal as it gets. "I Wish I Hadnt Stayed Away So Long" confronts loss and pays tribute to a role model, Pete Seeger. Songs like "She Just Wants" and "Blackberry Kisses" get deep into romantic and sexual matters.
The rollicking title track, featuring Ben Jaffe of New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band, might be called a short story that you can dance to, featuring a rascal character who starts as a bootlegger and winds up a Republican advisor. The songs "New Orleans" connection harks back to a formative visit he made to the Crescent City in 1979, a trip that convinced him to follow his muse as a performer.
Another notable friend, harmonica ace Charlie Musselwhite, appears on a version of the Howlin Wolf classic "Little Red Rooster." But the most surprising of the four non-originals has to be Donovan's "Wear Your Love Like Heaven."
Guy Davis work as an actor, author, and lately teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. Back in 1995 he acted Off-Broadway in his own play, 'The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With the Blues,' which has since seen a CD release. More recently he joined the Broadway production of Finian's Rainbow, playing the part originally done in 1947 by Sonny Terry an experience that inspired the Kokomo Kidd song Like Sonny Did. What music and acting have in common, he explains, is that I don t like people to see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do. I want them to hear me and be uplifted. And I want some little eight-year-old kid in the front row to have big eyes and say, Hey, I want to do that!
|Primary Format - Music||CD|
|Artist||DAVIS, GUY / VARIOUS ARTISTS|
|Label||MC Records USA|
|Music Genre Primary||Blues & Roots|