Just yesterday KuvVer Records dropped a nifty little EP on us, one with the living blues icon Boo Davis performing some trusty blues covers. Chicago Blues Covers puts in a single release a collection of tunes all recorded one afternoon in 2018, and released as singles over the next year. This plainly titled EP delivers songs that in most bluesman’s hands might be a little tired and pedestrian, but this is Boo Boo Davis we’re talking about here, a character as colorful as Howlin’ Wolf which all comes out in his authentic delivery. Hell, almost as if to underscore his kinship with that original blues giant, most of these seven songs like “Little Red Rooster” were made famous by the former Chester Arthur Burnett. Davis is backed by the ElectroBluesSociety (or should I say, the ElectroBluesSociety is backed by Davis?), a tidy little unit made up of Jan Mittendorp on guitar and Jasper Mortier and drums and bass. With Boo Boo handling the singing and the blues harp, this music needs nothing else. You can hear Davis’ echoed and looped in the background but otherwise, this is pretty much like it would be heard in a nightclub. And maybe you heard these songs many times before, but not in the way Davis & Company plays/slays ‘em. “Evil” is set apart by stomp on the two and four and Davis’ singing the song like a man possessed. On “Smokestack Lightnin’,” Boo Boo howls and moans with the fervor of a man fifty years younger. Davis takes his time getting started on “Back Door Man” to allow Mittendorp to noodle around with some biting lines, as the track is drenched in electronically-induced some psychedelic haze. “How Many More Years” sounds deadlier with Davis’ harmonica altered to resemble an organ, and Mittendorp’s slide sets the vintage feeling for Elmore James’ “Dust My Broom.” The band shuffles through “Tell Me” as Davis squeals on that harmonica with mid-century authenticity. Then again, everything Boo Boo Davis plays is authentic. And with the sympathetic backing of ElectroBluesSociety, Chicago Blues Covers is faithful in fanning the blues flame in the way that only Davis can do it.
Today we released:
During one of the European tours of Boo Boo they went in the studio and in 3 hours they recorded 7 songs. Together they went back to the classic Chicago blues and afterwards added a little electro blues. These 7 tracks were released as singles during 2018 and 2019. On this new release we put them all together. You will find cover versions of several Chicago blues classics from Howlin’ Wolf and Elmore James.
The EP is released on KuvVer Records: a sub label that we created to release cover versions of well known songs. The release is digital-only and available on all the download and streaming platforms. Here are the links to a few popular ones:
There you go walking along the street trying to get your groove on when you realise that what missing in your step is an appropriate soundtrack. The question, however, is the choice of said soundtrack. Do you for the corporate sponsored playlist suggestion or do you roll the dice and choose something that might just be more than bit classier? Something like “The Duo Sessions” by David Philips and Abel Boquera?
Well, they say that music can put the spring back in your step and these three songs do that just. Two originals and a cover of a Michael Jackson hit might not sound like much to interest your ears but David Philips and Abel Boquera have something special cooking in their crock pot. That something is a surfeit of easy going charm which duly makes these simply arranged songs into a recipe for a smile.
With David Philips & Abel Boquera in your ears, the street is the place to be.
And more good news for David Philips, the Spanish movie “Te Quiero, Imbécil” that he wrote “In Focus” for is now on Netflix worldwide and currently at No. 1 in Spain.
The movie is called “I Love You, Stupid” in English.
Here you can listen to the song:
DAVID PHILIPS should have been on tour in The Netherlands this month. BUT he’ll be doing another online show this Sat 23rd May at 19:00h Spanish time (UK 18:00h). It’s his mum’s birthday that day so no doubt she’ll be in the comments chatting. Also it will be a concert to remember his uncle Ian who recently passed. He loved the blues so he’ll be playing quite a few blues songs in his honour. David also promises to play some cigar box this time and “When I’m Drunk”.
Same place as last time : youtube.com/davidphilipsmusic
David Philips & Abel Boquera have been playing together in one form or another for more than a decade, but they never made a record together, and even the just-released The Duo Sessions only became a record perhaps as an afterthought. Usually, the recordings of songs beget the videos for them; here, the videos came first and then the idea to make a record out of the performances caught on camera in Boquera’s studio came afterwards. A David Philips record that includes another musician is a very rare event; none of the prior seven ones covered in this space had anyone else playing on them. So it may be a revelation to some that Philips plays well with others, and this singer-songwriter guitar whiz certainly meshes with his Fender Rhodes-playing friend.
The first two tunes come from Philips’ then-latest album Get Along, and this drum-less version of “Another Day” isn’t really missing anything because the beat is still intact. Boquera’s electric piano and Philips’s acoustic guitar blend so well, at times they sound as one. The funky folk-jazz song “My Gravity” (video above) similarly has plenty of propulsion without the formal percussion. Boquera’s swinging solo only enhances the jazz element of the song even further. The final track is Michael Jackson’s “The Way You Make Me Feel” and Davis Philips soulful croon is a natural for this number. For good measure, he tosses in a nifty aside from his acoustic six -string during the instrumental break.
At a running time just past 11 minutes, it’s barely an EP much less an LP, but it’s a pocket-sized collection of a couple of really good musicians and pals having fun with a trio of fine songs. Ain’t nothing wrong with that.
today we released:
David Philips and his good friend and keyboard wizard Abel Boquera have been playing in bands together for the past 10+ years. Last year they decided to get together in Abel’s studio to make a few videos playing duo. The audio from this session is what you find here. Abel played an old 1970s Fender Rhodes electric piano and mixed/mastered the session. The first 2 songs are David’s originals from his record “Get Along” and the last was a bit of fun; a cover version of the Michael Jackson hit “The Way You Make Me Feel.”
This new EP is released digital only and available on all the download and streaming platforms. Here are the links to a few popular ones:
Boo Boo Davis is coming over to tour Europe at least twice a year and because of that he is able to survive in the USA. His Spring tour had to be cancelled because of the Corona virus and that means that he is almost without any serious incomes between now and the next tour (hopefully by the end of 2020). He has a lot fans all over the world and it would be great of all of those would reach out and help a little now that he needs it the most.
Hey everyone. Hope you are all safe and well in these trying times.
BAD NEWS and GOOD NEWS :
My tour of The Netherlands in May has been cancelled as we imagined might happen. I have also had all my local gigs cancelled for the foreseeable future. So apart from a bit of singing teaching online (more about that in another post) I am, like many other musicians, without income. The good news is, this means I have to be very creative in coming up with ways to pay my rent. I have a few ideas that I will post about, but first thing was to get a project done that I’ve been meaning to do for ages.
I have lots of old DEMOS and UNUSED song ideas scattered about on hard drives dating back to when I first started singing, writing and recording my own songs in 2007. So I have finally compiled the stuff I think would be interesting and I have made A NEW RECORD called “Demos and Ideas 2015 – 2007”
Taking advantage of Bandcamp’s new policy to send 100% of money made from downloads to the artists, I have created a Bandcamp page and you can download the record exclusively from there. It won’t be on Spotify or iTunes etc. The record starts at 2015 and goes in chronological order back in time to 2007. Demos and song ideas range from fully produced studio recordings, home recordings, 4-Track cassette demos, mobile phone demos and even a couple recorded on a Sony dictaphone I used to have.
It includes the original 4 Track Cassette demo for “When I’m Drunk”, the original dictaphone demo of “Angel” and a load of other demos and unused song ideas. 15 tracks in all. So if you feel like supporting, here’s the link to the record and I very much appreciate it! I hope to get back to playing live soon.
Many thanks and stay safe!
P.s. if you click on “info” at the side of each track there is a line or two about the song and which album it ended up on if any.
Unfortunately, we were forced to cancel the Boo Boo Davis tour.
At the moment, a number of shows have already been cancelled due to government measures in various EU countries and that number is likely to rise rapidly. In addition, since last night there is also an American travel ban for all European countries.
Of course we will try to do the tour at a later date.