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:
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.
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.
here is what Blues In The South (UK) wrote about two new singles from ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis:
How Many More Years (KuvVer KR610) and Back Door Man (KuvVer KR611)
These is the sixth and seventh single releases from this combination of European outfit with Mississippi born singer Boo Boo, and again they are both classic Howling Wolf songs – and again they are both winners! Davis has just the right kind of gritty voice for these down-home items, with ‘How Many More Years’ running to a few seconds short of four minutes, and although the song is a little more “electrofied” than some of its predecessors (Boo Boo’s wailing harp sound has been a little altered), the rhythm remains straightforward and direct. ‘Back Door Man’ gets quite a radical re-working though still managing to keep a strong down-home feel, despite some jazz licks and even a shade of a hip-hop feel at times. If you like what you have heard of these collaborations so far, do check these two out, but if your tastes tend more towards the traditional, maybe try ‘How Many More Years’ first.
released today on KuvVer Records:
Here is another track from the recording session that ElectroBluesSociety did with Mississippi blues man Boo Boo Davis. Together they went back to the classic Chicago blues and here is another Howlin Wolf classic with a little ‘electrofication’. The new single is available on all digital platforms and here are a few links
Today we released a new single on KuvVer Records.
KR 610 – ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis
Here is the sixth track from the recording session that ElectroBluesSociety did with Mississippi blues man Boo Boo Davis. Together they went back to the classic Chicago blues and here is another Howlin Wolf classic with a little ‘electrofication’
The track is released digital only and available on all digital platforms and here are a few links.
À 75 ans, le natif de Drew, Mississippi, présente son 11ème CD pour le label néerlandais de Jan Mittendorp, Black & Tan Records. Avec le boss du label, l’osmose a été immédiate et perdure au fil des ans pour délivrer, d’album en album, un blues hypnotique et créatif. En effet, malgré le nombre de disques, on ne se lasse pas d’entendre Boo Boo souffler à corps perdu dans son harmonica, déclamer ses textes sur une base syncopée comme dans l’excellent Chocolate, l’accompagnement minimaliste de Jan à la guitare ou l’association basse-batterie faisant le reste. Ce qui pouvait un peu déranger lors de précédents albums, à savoir une direction affichée vers un esprit « garage », est ici gommée à mon avis avec succès. Boo Boo écrit ses textes, parle de la vie, parfois avec humour, raconte des histoires et les onze titres défilent sans qu’on s’en aperçoive. Stay Out All Night, What’s The Matter With You Baby sont marquants d’un changement de cap dans l’esprit que les protagonistes ont voulu donner à cet album, faisant fi des effets et autres échos (parfois top néanmoins dans les précédentes sessions) pour revenir à des choses simples, à une musique dépouillée, pour notre plus grand plaisir.
like some of the older Boo Boo Davis releases, Tree Man will also be released in Japan by BSMF Records.