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SomethingElse reviews ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis

A couple of months ago I told y’all about this EP that vintage bluesman Boo Boo Davis put out with ElectroBluesSociety sensibly titled Chicago Blues Covers. This makeshift trio (Davis, guitarist Jan Mittendorp and drummer Jasper Mortier) made a mess of covers of electric blues standards charged by the retro-modern studio finagling of the ElectroBluesSociety and the sheer aura of one Boo Boo Davis. And they laid down the tracks for these songs all in one afternoon in 2018. Now we learn that their label KuvVer Records has dropped another track from apparently that same session, Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor.” Boo Boo’s rendition carries the same machismo as Wolf’s but aside from that, it sounds almost like a wholly different song. If anything, the analog-y, reverb-drenched sonics of this two year-old recording sounds even more ancient than the fifty-six year-old original and Mortier keeps the song lively with a booming backbeat. Davis voice echoes from the bottom his soul but his blues harp shouts louder and authoritatively. Even if you’ve heard this song a thousand times before, your experience with it isn’t complete without hearing ElectroBluesSociety and Boo Boo Davis tackle it. They give old blues back its youthful vitality because they know how to make it brash and raw.

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new single ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis

today we released a new single on KuvVer Records, one of our sub labels.

In 2018 ElectroBluesSociety did a recording session with Mississippi blues man Boo Boo Davis. During one of the European tours of Boo Boo they went in the studio and in 3 hours they recorded 8 songs. Together they went back to the classic Chicago blues and afterwards added a little electro blues. Here is another Howlin Wolf cover from that session. This track is released digital only and available on all the download and streaming platforms.

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review from Croatia

Činjenica je da sa starim, provjerenim bluesmanom teško možete “fulati”. Nizozemski duo ElectroBluesSociety feat. Boo Boo Davis EP-jem “Chicago Blues Covers” objavljenim 31. svibnja preko izdavačke kuće KuvVer Records zapravo ne bježe od svoje životne i glazbene priče. Drugo je pitanje koliko su u svemu tome uspjeli…


EP “Chicago Blues Covers” je zapravo okupljena kolekcija singlova koji su nastali tijekom 2018. i 2019. za europske turneje Boo Boo Davisa. Naime, eksperimentalni elektro blues duo ElectroBluesSociety ušli su u studio i nakon tri sata svirke dobili smo sedam skladbi koje su objavljivane kao singlovi a sada su svi izdani kao ovaj EP. Chicago blues spajan s elektro bluesom a sve kroz poznate blues standarde dali su više–manje uspješne rezultate. Što to znači? U nekim odabranim pjesmama ovaj spoj je bio uspješan i nadahnut, u drugim je ostao pomalo sterilan i nedorečen. A sve ovisi opet na koji način se doživljava i reaktivira cijela ova glazbena priča.
Chicago blues klasici Howlina’ Wolfa i Elmorea Jamesa teško da mogu “fulati”, mogu samo biti, da to tako napišem, sterilni i pomalo nedorečeni u glazbeno-prezentacijskoj formi. Pred nama je zapravo nastojanje da se uglazbi staro i novo, tradicionalno i moderno i da onda sve to ostavi upečatljivi dojam kod slušatelja. Moram priznati da je taj glazbeni projekt ostavio uglavnom dobar dojam na mene osobno, što ne znači da će svi to doživjeti na taj način.


Davis je rođen i odrastao u gradiću Drew, u srcu Delte. Znamo da je cijelo to područje bogato pamukom, koji je zahtjevao puno radne snage, među baš tim radnicima, bilo je dosta sjajnih glazbenika, koji su obilježili blues kao glazbeni stil. Primjerice, Charley Patton samo je jedan od njih. Ljudi su trebali da ih netko odmakne od teškog rada, od sunca, znoja, i da im u smiraj dana ponudi nešto što će ih oraspoložiti i dati im snage za novi radni dan. To je zapravo bila glavna zadaća glazbenika koji su izvodili blues, boogie, R&B i sve ono što ima dodirnih točaka s ovim glazbenim pravcima. Od najranijeg djetinjstva Boo Boo okružen je glazbom, crkvenim pjevanjem, a njegov otac Sylvester Davis, osim što je bio nadničar, svirao je s imenima kao što su John Lee Hooker, Elmore James i Roberta Pete Williams. Nije čudno što Davis Jr. pamti kako su svi oni vježbali u njihovoj kući i to je zapravo urezalo itekekve duboke i neraskidive veze i brazde u njegovom biću.


S nepunih osamnaest već je nastupao s ocem i starijom braćom. Sve to značilo je biti non-stop “on the road” po cijeloj Delti. U ranim šezdesetim Boo Boo i njegova braća odlaze na sjever, u St. Louis, gdje su nastupali uz velikane glazbene scene St Louisa (Albert King, Ike Turner, Chuck Berry i drugi).


The Davis Brothers Blues Band svaki vikend bio je kućni bend u Tabby’s Red Room u istočnom St. Louisu punih osamnaest godina. Činjenica je da ga život nije mazio, to je 100% točno jer Davis nije naučio čitati ni pisati, jednostavno nije bilo vremena ili novaca za njegovo školovanje, no pronašao je načina da opstane u modernom svijetu. Da se ne osjeća manje vrijednim, dapače, Boo Boo Davis stekao je reputaciju izvrsnog blues glazbenika, kome taj i takav blues pomaže da zadrži svoj duhovni mir i život na razini dostojne čovjeka. Jer treba preživjeti svaki novi dan i to je zapravo taj život. Iz njega Davis čupa elemente za svakodnevni opstanak i o tome on pjeva. Život donosi i dobro i loše, on je običan i jednostavan i stvaran je.


Ušavši u studio Davis samo krene i pjesme izlaze jedna za drugom. Na ovom tonskom zapisu uz Boo Boo Davisa na vokalu i usnjaku uz eksperimentalni elektro blues duo, koji su snimili ovih sedam skladbi onako u uživo, bez puno mudrovanja, kako su nekada to radili i snimali legendarni blues glaznenici. Baš zato sve ovo što čujete zvuči tako stvarno i životno Davis i ElectroBluesSociety odradili su doista dobar posao. A sve ostalo ovisi o ukusima slušatelja i poklonika bluesa.

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review for ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis from France

Duo blues expérimental néerlandais composé de Jasper Mortier à la basse et à la batterie et de Jan Mittendorp aux guitares et aux effets, ElectroBluesSociety bouscule les conventions du blues depuis déjà quelques belles années et inonde régulièrement le marché de ses diverses productions dans lesquelles le blues des aînés est souvent revu et corrigé à la sauce actuelle, avec une pointe d’electro mais sans jamais s’éloigner d’un pouce des valeurs d’origines des morceaux. Alors que les deux musiciens accompagnaient le chanteur et harmoniciste Boo Boo Davis sur une tournée européenne en 2018, l’idée leur vint subitement de se rendre en studio avec l’artiste originaire de Drew, dans le Mississippi, et de mettre en boite à ses côtés et en l’espace de trois heures quelques classiques du blues, et non des moindres. Le résultat est sans appel, avec pas moins de sept titres qui ont déjà été proposés en single en 2018 et 2019 mais qui prennent aujourd’hui la forme d’un EP que l’on peut télécharger sur toutes les bonnes plateformes. De Howlin’ Wolf à Willie Dixon en passant par Elmore James et Robert Johnson, ElectroBluesSociety et Boo Boo Davis vont nous proposer de véritables pépites de blues baignées de guitares bien juteuses, d’harmonicas gouleyants à souhait et de voix rugueuses, des trésors en douze mesures qui nous entrainent du Delta jusqu’à Chicago avec des classiques parmi les classiques revisités et subtilement agrémentés d’un pointe de modernisme qui ne nuit en rien, loin de là, à la très haute valeur intrinsèque des « Smokestack Lightnin », « Tell Me », « Evil », « How Many More Years », « Dust My Broom », « Little Red Rooster » et autres « Back Door Man » qui glissent dans la platine avec une finesse impressionnante. Si la démarche peut paraître osée sur le papier, force est de constater que le résultat est d’un excellent niveau et que le jeu en vaut vraiment la chandelle. A écouter de toute urgence !

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review ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis op Musiczine (Belgium)

Het lijkt een verloren zaak als je het uitgangspunt bekijkt: oude bluesrat neemt een reeks bluesklassiekers op met zijn Europese begeleidingsband. Je kan nauwelijks een geeuw onderdrukken. Toch zit er vuurwerk in één van de zeven tracks. Hoeveel keer kan je “Little Red Rooster” nog interpreteren en het interessant houden? Het nummer moet zowat het ingangsexamen zijn om jezelf een bluesband te mogen noemen. Maar als een 76-jarige ex-katoenplukker het nog eens overdoet, willen we wel een oogje dichtknijpen. Het begeleidende duo maakt er nog iets moois van. Ook met deze versies van “Evil” en “Tell Me” scoren ze geen homerun. Betere keuzes zijn dan “Dust My Broom”, “Smokestack Lightnin” en “How Many More Years”. In aanpak en uitvoering heel klassiek, maar degelijk en met veel overtuiging gebracht. En dan nog die ene waar vuurwerk in zit? Op “Back Door Man”, ook al zo’n classic die je al een paar keer teveel hebt gehoord, experimenteren de Nederlanders een eind weg met een soort van analoog-klinkende swampy loops die het nummer een vibe geven alsof er een geest meespeelt in de band. Er zijn nog tracks waarop ElectroBluesSociety speelt met loops, maar dan blijft het beperkt tot at je productionele ingrepen kan noemen. Op “Back Door Man” is het net heel uitgesproken, en het werkt absoluut heel goed. Deze aanpak had voor het volledige album mogen gebruikt worden.

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review for EP ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis

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.

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new EP ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis

Today we released:

ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis – Chicago Blues Covers EP

In 2018 ElectroBluesSociety  did a recording session with Mississippi blues man Boo Boo Davis.

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:

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Help Boo Boo Davis

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.

So far I was able to wire more than 1100 USD to Boo Boo and that really makes a difference for him in the current situation in North America. . If you haven’t donated so far ….. feel free to do so now.

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Boo Boo Davis tour cancelled

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.