Debbie Davies review…May 4, 2015…

DEBBIE DAVIES

LOVE SPIN

LITTLE DIPPER/VIZZTONE VT–LDIP–002

LIFE OF THE PARTY–LOVE SPIN–LET THE HEARTACHES BEGIN–DON’T CHANGE IT UP–IT’S ALL BLUES–TALK REAL SLOW–I’M NOT CHEATIN’ YET–TWO TWENTY-FIVE YEAR OLDS–A DARKER SIDE OF ME–I GET THE BLUES SO EASY–WAY BACK HOME

Debbie Davies is one of the most respected artists in the blues world today.  She is a ten-time Blues Music Award nominee, winning in 2010 for Best Contemporary Female Artist.  She has played with Albert Collins’ Icebreakers, and in Maggie Mayall’s all-female band.

Her latest set for Vizztone is “Love Spin,” eleven cuts that show why she is held in such high regard by blues lovers everywhere.  She “likes it funky and loose” and lets that groove flow in the leadoff “Life Of The Party,” and hits that stride again with a story of being satisfied with what you’ve got, “Don’t Change It Up,” with duet vocals from Jay Stollman.  The title cut is spiced up by Paul Opalach’s lap steel, as Deb urges us all to keep a “Love Spin” on every aspect of your life!  “Talk Real Slow” is a sweet, minor-key, wah-wah workout that’s a message of sensuality to her lover, while brush-stroked drums lend themselves well to Debbie’s jazz-flavored licks in “A Darker Side Of Me.”  The set closes with the Delta-inspired “Find My Way Back Home,” an original tune of Deb’s that is full of fiery slide throughout.

Favorites abounded, too.  Terry Hanck blows the sax and adds duet vocals on the Fifties-styled tale of beleaguered lovers looking to break up, but, it seems neither can find the door, “Let The Heartaches Begin.”  She rocks hard on the story of another no-good lover undeserved of a second chance, “I’m Not Cheatin Yet.”  This one has hot sax from Dana Robbins, and piano from Dave Keyes mixed in with Deb’s leads.  And, a “mid-life crisis” is the humorous theme of the tongue-in-cheek tale of trading in Deb for “Two Twenty-Five Year Olds.”  Dave’s on keys again on this cool boogie.

Debbie Davies always delivers the goods with every album.  She’s got great command of several styles, and “Love Spin” is one of her best sets yet!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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