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GUY DAVIS

JUBA DANCE

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Lost Again, My Eyes Keep Me In Trouble, Love Looks Good On You, Some Cold Rainy Day, See That My Grave Is Kept Clean. Dance Juba Dance, Black Coffee, Did You See My Baby, Satisfied, That's No Way To Get Along, Saturday Blues, Prodigal Son, Statesboro Blues

A new album from Guy Davis is always a notable occasion, each invariably providing lots of traditional rootsy blues alongside a few unusual but enjoyable interludes.

This new CD is no exception, recorded in Italy (mostly) and with the tasteful blues harp of Fabrizio Poggi (on about a half of the tracks) providing the only instrumental support to Guy's own acoustic guitars, banjos, tambourine and occasional harmonica playing by Guy himself.

Some of the most notable highlights come from Guy's vocal exchanges on a couple of songs - particularly good is the vocal support of the Blind Boys Of Alabama on an expanded version of Blind Lemon Jefferson's See That My Grave Is Kept Clean. I also like the version of Bertha ‘Chippie' Hill's Some Cold Rainy Day on which Lea Gilmore and Guy's vocal duelling are reminiscent of the excellent recordings released over recent years by Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whitely on Electro-fi.

The other covers (of Blind Willie McTell, Muddy Waters, Reverend Robert Wilkins and Ishman Bracey) are more faithful to the originals but, as always with Guy, have enough of his personality stamped over them to make these versions his. And the originals are excellent: I particularly enjoy Love Looks Good On You, an evocative  and beautifully paced song that calls to mind the early recordings of Taj Mahal.

If you were lucky enough to catch Guy on his short UK tour recently you will already know how special he is. If not, this CD is an excellent way to get yourself acquainted with a real blues and roots musician.

Review Date: April 2013

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