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Guy Davis
T&M 040: 15.00 Euro
"Guy Davis: On Air" - 2007

The soulful depth and inspired nature of his studio work can also be found on this new live recording. On Air provides more striking evidence of the mans unique qualities as singer, player and story-teller, while Radio Bremens famed concert hall once again provided perfect acoustics. Along with Mark Murphy (bass) and Nerak Roth Patterson (electric guitar) Guy Davis was yet again delivering the goods that night and a very attentive audience was there to applaud him and his band. The longer they played, the more their talents shone. A tradition revitalised, with classic repertoire by Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy and Willie Dixon standing next to original songs and Bob Dylans exquisite ballad Sweetheart Like You. The gruff Davis voice was in fine form, communicating the message with feeling and with authority. The past of the music came alive and one could feel the continuous pulse of its heartbeat. Starting with Sleepy John Estes classic Drop Down Mama and closing with the poignant storytelling blues Joppatown, the musicians shared the intensity of the moment. The man responsible was very moved when the evening drew to a close.

On Air provides another glimpse into Guy Davis musical mind as a consummate present-day bluesman. When he sings and plays, he also talks about the past and where hes coming from. A number of his stories are connected with the ones he heard as a kid, sitting around the kitchen table, listening to his Grandmother talk about old life in the Deep South. Memories concerned with black traditions far removed from the urban environment. Today, Guy Davis provides an authentic new voice for the cultural traditions of Black America, communicating a contemporary version of classic blues in a variety of styles. This is music coming from the heart and soul, giving new meaning to an old form. Its precisely this extraordinary quality that can be experienced on this latest chapter in T & Ms On Air series. One more Radio Bremen recording that doesnt leave anything to be desired.

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