Bluesman Boo Boo Davis is pretty much the closest we now have to one of the originals. Born in Mississippi, he has actual experience of working the clubs of the Delta. His father, also a blues musician, played with the esteemed likes of John Lee Hooker and Elmore James and Boo Boo remembers such luminaries being around the house when he was young. The blues is in his DNA and this, his fifth album for Black and Tan Records, sees him on fine form, playing, as he has since 2008, in a stripped back trio format. It’s joyously blues…pure blues. Which is rare these days – no embellishments, no nods to anything remotely modern and, thankfully, no blues rock (which, if we’re brutally honest, is usually just rock with a token acoustic slide intro). Davis, although also a guitarist, is primarily a harp player and his distorted wailing heralds the arrival of lead track, ‘Dirt Road’. It’s minimal, gritty and totally authentic – there are shades of Muddy and RL Burnside to Davis’ vocals and the guitar has a nice, Stonesy feel, the band hitting a flawless, long practised groove. Groove. Groove is vital to this album. Songs are mostly frameworks, licks, jams, erm…grooves around which Davis adds buried-in-the-mix vocals and harp flourishes – usually ending with a lazy jam which, if freed from the confines of the studio, you expect would go on for several hours. Most of these riffs are as old as the blues itself but when they’re essayed this well – hey, who cares. There are 12 bar blues, slow blues, fast blues and subtle variations thereof. ‘Oh Baby’ (see above) has lonesome harp atop swampy guitar and muffled, metallic slide while ‘She Won’t Call Me On The Telephone’ hits the ground at runaway train momentum. Thunderous and abandoned, it’s 100% blues but as riotous as Jon Spencer or any avant garde NY noise terrorist, as relentless as prime Motorhead. ‘Bring My Baby Back Home’ is pure RnB, Brian Jones would have been in its thrall. There is also a definite Creedence delta swampiness to several tracks while John Lee Hooker returns in spirit with the dialogue led narrative of ‘Chocolate’. Final track ‘I’m Getting Old’ is taken at an ironically sprightly pace – a fearlessly bluesy take on mortality with added wah-wah, there’s no kicking of buckets yet for these dudes.This is a fine, rough edged, real blues album. It’s produced beautifully, recorded well with a genuine live-in-the-studio feel (with occasional chatter when songs end) and no new fangled trickery or knob twiddling (fnarr). It’s the blues folks, played from the heart with dirt under the fingernails. What you hear is what you get and long may we get blues of this quality and class. *drops the bullet mic
Released today on KuvVer Records:
It is the fifth track from a recording session that ElectroBluesSociety did with Mississippi blues man Boo Boo Davis in October 2018. 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 stream and download platforms
This is what INDIE VOICE BLOG wrote about
David Philips is no stranger to indie music, or to this blog, as we reviewed his previous release back in May. On this brilliant EP, Philips strips down a pair of classic songs, “Dock of the Bay” and “Hit the Road Jack,” and totally re-imagines a pair of 80’s pop hits, “Freedom” and “Heart of Glass” to create a beautiful and peaceful soundtrack. This one is a treat from start to finish. We only wish there were more than four songs.
Recommendation: Definitely worth adding to your collection.
David Philips – Winter (Black & Tan B&T 962)
UK born but long based in Spain, David Philips has been working over the last few years as a folk inflected artist for Holland’s Black & Tan Records, one man and a guitar, and so this release for the blues label – David’s sixth, not including a couple of remix tracks – might come as a surprise. It is still a solo effort, but the guitar is electric, blues harmonica crops up occasionally and there is a rhythm section behind David’s excellent vocals. All the songs are David’s of course, he plays all the instruments, and he even provided the cover art. The sound ranges from indie-rock to blues, with comparisons being drawn with Ryan Adams and Doyle Bramhall II; I also hear a little Tom Petty in there too, ‘Running’ opens with a riff a little like Jimi Hendrix’s cover of ‘All Along The Watchtower’ before turning in the direction of Neil Young maybe, and ‘That’s Alright’ recalls early 70s Pink Floyd with a long, space-y passage. Mind you, ‘The One’ is a strong slab of blues-rock. This release contains eight rootsy, hook-laden songs, and if this review has intrigued you, then do check out this release..
Congratulations to Doug MacLeod !!!
Doug MacLeod won a 2017 Blues Music Award in the category Best Acoustic Artist. Doug released some of his best acoustic blues work on the five releases on Black and Tan Records; A Little Sin (2002), Dubb (2004), Where I Been (2006), The Utrecht Sessions (2008)and Live In Europe (2016)
The hard copies of all these releases are sold out but of course all the music is avaialble on all download and streaming platforms.
The new CD release of David Philips
CD B&T 043- David Philips – The Rooftop Recordings 2
will be limited to 1000 numbered copies. You can order your copy now and we will ship them in the first half of October.
In late May 2016 David Philips returned to his Barcelona rooftop apartment to record the Rooftop Recordings 2. David strips it right back to the bare essentials : guitar and voice captured with just 2 microphones and all doors and windows wide open. The result is a record that concentrates on the important aspects of Philips’ music, those being the songs and stories, soul tinged vocals and highly accomplished guitar playing. Philips is also a talented painter/draughtsman and the CD artwork is made up of a selection of his own watercolour paintings of birds that visit the Barcelona rooftops regularly. This special artwork version is limited to 1000 copies.
review by Frank Muscheid in Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung:
MUSIK WIE AUF FLÜGELN IN BAD IBURG / Grandioser David Philips im Casablanca
Bad Iburg. Großartige Musik hat das Casablanca am Freitagabend präsentiert: Mit David Philips baute ein Ausnahmekünstler seine sieben Sachen vor kleinem Publikum auf. Der gebürtige Engländer, der im siebten Stock gleich unterm Dach im sonnigen Barcelona wohnt, den Ausblick auf die Vögel liebt und aus einer Zigarrenkiste aus der Dominikanischen Republik eine Blues-Gitarre baut, hat der Kneipe einen kultigen Abend beschert. Irgendwo zwischen Jazz, Blues, Rhythm’n’Blues, Folk und Ragtime. Musikalisch festzunageln ist David Philips kaum. Da spielte ein unterschätztes Multitalent, das längst auf großen Bühnen auftreten müsste. Dafür konnte das Bad Iburger Publikum hautnah genießen, was dieser Mensch mit jeder Faser abfeierte. Continue reading review David Philips concert from last weekend in Bad Iburg (D)
like most previous years I will be attending Midem; the international gathering of the worldwide music business in Cannes (France). This year’s edition will take place on June 3 – 6. For me it is a great place to meet new business partners and discover new developments and technologies. Since the distribution of music is changing very rapidly it is important to stay up-to-date. And of course it is not a punishment to be in southern France in early June. If you are planning to go too, please let me know so we can meet in person.
The Collectif des Radio Blues is a society of Blues DJ’s from several French speaking territories (France, Belgium, Quebec, Africa). Each month they compile a chart called Powerblues. The chart contains their favorite new blues releases and on the Powerblues list of March 2016 we find BOO BOO DAVIS – ONE CHORD BLUES on #2. Merci beaucoup.