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interview Boo Boo Davis with David Baerst (France)

here is the complete text of an interview Boo Boo Davis did wiht David Baerst last month before his show in Strasbourg (France):

Nda : Quelques jours avant l’entretien qui suit, Jan Mittendorp (le manager de Boo Boo Davis) m’a gentiment prévenu. Interviewer ce bluesman du Mississippi n’est pas une chose aisée, c’est une véritable aventure dont on ne peut jamais connaitre l’issue à l’avance. L’artiste ne suit pas règle précise et peut répondre par un sujet tout autre que celui sur lequel on l’a questionné.C’est donc avec une certaine appréhension que je me suis rendu à notre rendez-vous…
Là, je me suis retrouvé face à un être charmant, doté d’un grand sens de l’humour bien que marqué par de profondes stigmates, inhérentes à une existence pour le moins difficile. D’emblée, le bonhomme m’avertit lui aussi : « ce ne sera pas facile pour toi, je ne parle pas anglais…je m’exprime dans le langage des bluesmen du delta, un « dialecte » que seuls les gens tels que moi peuvent saisir ». Chose parfaitement compréhensible, tant la vie de cet artiste né en 1943, semble éloignée de celle que nous pouvons connaitre, aujourd’hui, en Europe. Travaillant dès son plus jeune âge dans les champs de coton, il a souffert de la ségrégation raciale et s’est réfugié dans la religion ainsi que dans la musique. Harmoniciste dès l’âge de 5 ans à l’église, puis guitariste et batteur se produisant au sein du groupe familial Lard Can Band (nommé ainsi car, ne pouvant se permettre d’acheter une batterie complète, le jeune homme s’exerçait sur des seaux métalliques contenant de la graisse de porc), Boo Boo s’est lancé dans une carrière d’accompagnateur avant d’être repéré par le fondateur du label Black & Tan. Depuis, il a signé (en tant que chanteur-harmoniciste) une bonne douzaine d’albums qui rendent grâce à son immense talent.
Quelques heures après notre entretien, sur scène, Boo Boo Davis a démontré à l’occasion d’un impressionnant concert qu’il était l’un des derniers représentants du blues originel…un diamant d’une rare pureté…
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Boo Boo Davis / european tour dates

March 24, Strasbourg (F), Au Camionneur
March 25, Aachen (D), Musikbunker
March 26, Rostock (D), Zwischenbau
March 27, Bad Brambach (D), Cafe Grenzland
March 28, Passau (D), Cafe Museum
March 29, Passau (D), Cafe Museum
March 31, Ulft (NL), DRU Cultuurfabriek
April 1, Friedrichsrode (D), Kunsthof
April 2, Koln (D), Torburg
April 6, Groningen (NL), Noise of the North @ de Spiegel
April 7, Rorschach (CH), Jazzclub
April 8, Thun (CH), Cafe Mokka
April 14, Deventer (NL), De Hip
April 15, Arnstadt (D), Rockjungfer
April 16, Döbeln (D), KL 17 Liveclub
April 19, Lublin (PL), Graffiti
April 20, Olomouc (CZ), Bounty Rock Cafe
April 21, Dobromierz (PL), Dobro Blues
April 22, Lodz (PL), Pub Keja
April 23 (afternoon), Chorzow (PL), Sztygarka (Bluestracje)
April 23 (evening), Suszec (PL), Gminny Ośrodek Kultury
April 24, Mikolow (PL), Miejski Dom Kultury
April 25, Ostrava (CZ), Klub Parnik

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review Boo Boo Davis from Italy

Prendete un locale sperduto nel Nord dell’Olanda, infilateci un pubblico partecipe (cosa ormai rara) e un trio che suona un blues sincero e che gli piace farlo. Risultato? Un onesto disco di blues che ti viene vo- glia di riascoltare immaginando di poter essere stato tra i fortu- nati presenti. Questo trio è capitanato da Boo Boo Davis, un mississippiano DOC, nato e cresciuto a Drew nel cuore del Delta, e questo lo si capisce alla prima battuta. Certo che aver avuto a casa propria personaggi come John Lee Hooker, Elmore James o Robert Pete Williams, intenti a suonare col proprio padre, non dev’essere un’esperienza da tutti i giorni e, forse, qualcosa di quelle magiche atmosfere deve per forza esserti rimasta dentro. Sia come sia questa magia emerge da questo “Live And Almost Unplugged” e ci rega- la una sana lezione di blues, dove quel che conta è quel che si dice e non quel che si fa. Lezione che dovrebbero imparare tutti coloro che si approcciano al blues come se fosse una competizione col diavolo o più semplicemente con gli altri “colleghi”. Partita persa prima che inizi, cari miei e il settantatreenne Boo Boo Davis ve lo può dimostrare. Un solo microfono al centro della sala del piccolo Cafe de Amer, il pubblico a due passi e il concerto ha inizio. Boo Boo con la sua armonica e voce è sostenuto da un ottimo Jan Mittendorp alla chitarra e da John Gerritse alla batteria. Non serve altro. Il loro blues fa tutto, dall’iniziale “Ice Storm” via via fino alla conclusiva “St. Louis Woman”, tutti brani scritti da questo trio. È difficile stabilire quale sia la miglior canzone, l’abilità di questi musicisti è quella di aver creato un tappeto sonoro capace di coinvolgere il pubblico olandese come l’ascoltatore a casa, portandolo con l’immaginazione nelle terre piatte del Mississippi dove le ombre al tramonto si allungano sui campi come fantasmi e al crocicchio gli alberi la notte si trasformano in diavoli tentatori. Allora, non esitate, fatevi ten- tare da Boo Boo Davis, qualcosa da insegnarvi lui ce l’ha.

 

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review Boo Boo Davis on STL Blues Reviews

OLD SKOOL – By Boo Boo Davis

James ‘Boo Boo” Davis truly is one of a kind. Born and bred in Drew, Mississippi, he’s spent the past 60- plus years dripping nothing but the blues. His father, Sylvester Davis, was a cotton farmer who played multiple instruments. Musically gifted, he performed with legends such as John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Robert Pete Williams. The younger Boo just soaked it all in. By five he was playing harp and singing in church with his mother. At 13 he was strumming guitar. And by the age of 18, he was working gigs across the Delta with his dad and older brothers. But the early 60’s brought a new twist. Trekking north with his brothers, they settled right into the vibrant St. Louis blues scene. Albert King, Ike & Tina Turner, Little Milton, Oliver Sain, Fontella Bass, Chuck Berry and Johnnie Johnson — the names were all here. But it was The Davis Brothers Blues Band who held court at Tubby’s Red Room every weekend in East St. Louis. Their residency would not only last 18 years, but kindle many fond memories. The year 1998 though was Boo’s true breakthrough. Perhaps DAVE was intervening. Or maybe it was Boo Boo’s ability to sing and play several instruments. Either way, he was playing drums for local and national harp legend, Arthur Williams, when opportunity finally knocked. Touring Europe as part of Arthur’s crack St. Louis band, Boo Boo was approached about recording his own CD. His 1999 Black & Tan label debut, EAST ST. LOUIS was the first step towards a blues legacy that just keeps growing. OLD SKOOL itself is about as stripped-down and powerful as you can get. Featuring Jon Mittendorp on electric guitar, and John Gerritse on drums, the European duo truly pull Boo’s deep Delta essence out. Yet, in so doing, they add a 21st century funk that simply resonates. Much akin to R.L. Burnside’s later years at Fat Possum Records, ‘Old Skool Delta’ rolls anew with Boo Boo’s Black & Tan recordings. This pulsing, trance-inducing sound has been catchy enough to score Boo Boo international acclaim. In fact, ‘ 5-Hour Energy Drink’ used snippets of his 2008 song ‘I’m Tired’ for their radio ads to boost their sales. Imagine that. Seventy-plus year old Boo Boo Davis selling an energy revival! But in the end, it all makes sense. The trio on this CD has not only toured Europe extensively, but they’ve played over 300 shows in 20 countries the past two years. Tight and cohesive, all 11 tracks were recorded in single takes. From the clash of harp and drums on the opener, ‘Hold Your Head Up’, through such notables as the catchy-quick ‘Boo Boo Fool’, the slow, open-ended ‘Boy Blues’, to the driving train-like ‘Call Me A Clown’, the band rocks a 43 minute jam session that embodies Boo Boo’s spirited live shows. It’s amazing how Boo Boo Davis continues to age like fine wine. Hopefully, if you’re a reader out there, you’ll take the opportunity to catch the ever stylish Boo live downtown. Though he’s currently on a brief sabbatical from his European duo, he’s back home performing some weekend gigs with Bob Kamoske, Mike Graham and Kevin O’Conner at BB’s Jazz, Blues & Soups. What you’ll find is one of the last great “old-skoolers” pumping out downhome blues as only a true great can. As the liner notes claim, ‘this music really is COOL.’ About the only other thing this reviewer can add is “Thank you DAVE!!” And oh, even if you do catch Boo Boo live, get the CD. It’s killer…… ENJOY!!

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new release Boo Boo Davis – Live and Almost Unplugged

B&T 959 – Boo Boo Davis – Live And Almost Unplugged

So far all of Boo Boo’s records were cut in one take live in the studio, but without an audience. This is the first time we have released a record that is recorded live WITH an audience.  Boo Boo, John and Jan are not famous for playing soft or subtle but sometimes they really take it down if the situation asks for it. Cafe de Amer is a small barn in the middle of nowhere in the north of Holland. Over the last twenty years this place has become a famous stage where musicians from all over the world come to play for music fans from all over the country. The place holds a maximum of 100 people and the distance between the musicians and the audience is less then 3 feet. Over the years Boo Boo has become a regular and this was his sixth show in De Amer. The recordings for this release are made with just one stereo microphone in the middle of a completely packed room.

This record will be released digital only and here are the links to a few popular platforms.

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BOO BOO DAVIS on tour in Europe

Next week we will kick off another European tour. Here is where you can see and hear us play live:

Oct 7, Zaandam (NL), Podium de Flux
Oct 9, Amersfoort (NL), Miles
Oct 12, Feuerthalen (CH), Dolder 2
Oct 14, Hard (A), Kammgarn
Oct 15, Nijmegen (NL), Lindenberg
Oct 16, Koln (D), Torburg
Oct 18, Den Bosch (NL), Blue Room Sessions @ Verkadefabriek
Oct 21, Herent (B), De Wildeman
Oct 22, Maastricht (B), Club Vibes
Oct 23, Roosendaal (NL), Cafe Kerkzicht
Oct 27, Gotha (D), Londoner
Oct 28, Arnstadt (D), Jungfer
Oct 29, Lichtenvoorde (NL), Keifestival
Oct 30, Amen (NL), Cafe de Amer

BBD trio

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review Boo Boo Davis from Brazil

Escutem One Chord Blues do Boo Boo Davis

O Boo Boo Davis é um daqueles músicos de Blues que estão bem escondidos no coração do Mississippi, mais exatamente na cidade de Drew, a cidade da ativista Mae Bertha Carter e do pai dos irmãos Manning da NFL. Boo Boo tocou por décadas em St. Louis e teve a oportunidade de servir como banda de apoio a diversos músicos que por lá passaram, B.B. King antes da fama foi um deles. Ao contrário do que você pensa, esse não é um Delta Blues, o som dele é eletrificado, mas ainda é possível encontrar o Delta em suas canções.

Releases

Here is a list of all our releases including the ones on our sub labels. For each release you will find the corresponding (buy, download, stream) links. As you can see not all releases are available in all formats. If you find any incorrect links please let us know. Of course the releases are also available on all the other download and streaming platforms.

ArtistTitleYearLabelLPCDitunesspotify
Big George JacksonBeggin' Ain't For Me1998Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Big George JacksonBig Shot2001Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Big George JacksonSouthern In My Soul2003Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Big George Jackson & miXendorpBig George Jackson remixed2015Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Billy Jonestha' Bluez2005Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Billy JonesBad Luck2006Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Billy Jonesmy Hometown2007Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Billy Jones & miXendorpBilly Jones Remixed EP2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiDThe First Tracks2016BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiDDust On A Wire2015BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiDMoney2016BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiDCan’t Stand It2016BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiDStuck Anyway2016BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiDCaveman2016BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiDThings Will Change2016BLu ACid Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiDSilence2016BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiD feat John BlakeKeep It Burning2016BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiD feat John BlakeGeorgia2016BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiD feat John BlakeGallows Tree2016BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
BLu ACiD feat John BlakeNo Time2017BLu ACiD Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisEast St Louis1999Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisCan Man2002Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisThe Snake2004Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisDrew Mississippi2006Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisName Of The Game2008Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisAin't Gotta Dime2009Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisUndercover Blues2010Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisWhat Kind Of Shit Is This?2014Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisOldskool2015Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisOne Chord Blues2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo DavisLive And Almost Unplugged2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo Davis & Crushers2Bluezy Harp EP2015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Boo Boo Davis & miXendorpBoo Boo Davis remixed2015Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Burton Gaar100 Pounds of Trouble2006Black and Tan Recordsspotify
Byther SmithSmitty's Blues2001Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Byther SmithThrow Away The Book2004Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Byther SmithByther Smith - digital only2006Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Byther Smith & miXendorpSame Thing On My Mind remix2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Crushers2Blues Instrumentals vol 12015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Crushers2 + Sax GordonBlue Saxophone2015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Dave MacKenzieOld, New, Borrowed & Blue1999Black and Tan Recordsbuy
David PhilipsThe Rooftop Recordings2011Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
David PhilipsDecember Wine (4 track tapes)2013Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
David PhilipsIf I Had Wings2015Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
David PhilipsFolk Radio UK Session 2013 EP2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
David PhilipsThe Rooftop Recordings 22016Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
David PhilipsWinter2017Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
David Philips & miXendorpBig Things remix2013Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
David Philips & miXendorpLink In The Chain remix2013Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodA Little Sin2002Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodDUBB2004Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodWhere I Been2006Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodDoug at XM Radio vol. 12007Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodDoug at XM Radio vol. 22007Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodThe Utrecht Sessions2008Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodA Double Dose of Dubb2009Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeod BandLive in 1991, vol 12007Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeod BandLive in 1991, vol 22007Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeodLive in Europe2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Doug MacLeod & miXendorpDoug MacLeod remixed2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
ElectroBluesSocietyDuck (single version)2016Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Ernie PayneCoercion Street2004Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Erskine OglesbyBlues Dancin'2000Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Erskine OglesbyHonkin' & Shoutin'2001Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Harrison KennedyVOICE + STORY2005Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Harrison Kennedy & miXendorpHarrison Kennedy remixed EP2015Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Harrison Kennedy & miXendorpLet Her Talk remix #22015Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpCigar Box Blues EP2015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpSlide Guitar Blues EP2015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBluGuitar2015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBlue Strings EP2015Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBlues Doodles EP2016Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBlues Doodles 2 EP2016Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jan MittendorpBlues Doodles 3 EP2016Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
Jasper MortierDouble Bass Blues EP2016Instrumental Blues Recordsitunesspotify
King PugBorneo Mint Shave2013Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
King PugWater Pressure2013Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
King PugGrocery2014King Pug Recordsbuy
Mike Andersen BandTomorrow2004Black and Tan Recordsbuy
Mississippi Big BeatDelta Disco2012Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Mississippi Big Beat & miXendorpTry Me One More Time remix2012Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Mississippi Big Beat & miXendorp(Idol) Should I Know remix2013Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
miXendorpblues + beat2011Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Pedro e os Lobos & miXendorpAndaluzia remix2011Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Percy StrotherHome At Last1998Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
RivhersideElectraw Blues Album2016Black and Tan Records itunesspotify
Roscoe ChenierRoscoe Style1997Black and Tan Recordsbuyspotifyitunes
Roscoe ChenierWaiting For My Tomorrow2006Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Roscoe ChenierRoscoe Chenier - digital only2007Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Sunset TravelersFor The Sake Of It2002Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Tangled EyeDream Wall 2014Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Tangled EyeThe Other Seven Songs 2015Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Teresa JamesOh Yeah2004Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Turnip GreensCarry Me Down The Aisle2006Black and Tan Recordsbuyitunesspotify
Turnip Greens & miXendorpSixSixtySix remix2011Black and Tan Recordsitunesspotify
Various ArtistsStraight Blues 4U2003Black and Tan Recordsbuy
Various ArtistsKeeping Living Music Alive vol. 22007Black and Tan Recordsbuy