Voo Davis review…May 14, 2015…

VOO DAVIS

MIDNIGHT MIST

BUTTER AND BACON RECORDS

WHEN I GET BACK TO YOU–MIDNIGHT MIST–MY LOVE–CAJUN SUN–RIVERSIDE BLUES–LOW HANGING FRUIT–HOWLING OUT YOUR NAME–FIND ME A BLACKBONE–NOTHING CHANGED AT ALL–MUSIC IN THE STREETS–YOU GOTTA WAIT–LAUGHING OUT LOUD  BONUS TRACKS: VOID–YOU WANNA KNOW WHY–BONUS VIDEO: RIVERSIDE BLUES

Brian “Voo” Davis was born in Anniston, AL, and his family moved to Chicago shortly thereafter.  Thus, he’s always had a little bit of that red clay mixed in with his blues roots, and that, plus excellent vocal chops and absolutely killer guitar tones helps to separate Voo from the rest of the contemporary pack.

His latest album, and third overall, is entitled “Midnight Mist,” for Butter And Bacon Records.  Herein, he mixes elements of blues, roots, and even a touch of jam band playing thru these thirteen cuts.  Voo can play virtually anything with strings, and many of the guitars used are of the vintage variety. enabling him to generate different sounds and tones.  The title cut is a poignant tale of Voo longing for home, and you can almost hear “Muddy on the all-night radio” driving down 61 and 49 thru the “Midnight Mist.”  He shines on pedal steel and mandolin as well as guitar throughout.  “My Love” has grungy guitar from Voo, and harp from Calvin Conway, giving this one that thumping, Hill-Country vibe.  Voo and Calvin set up a cool Delta groove on the story of not “settling” for love or anything else—“don’t mess with the Low Hanging Fruit on the tree.”

On the brooding “Howling Out Your Name” and the somber love story, “Void,” Voo plays every instrument, further showcasing his mighty talents.  He closes the set with the blues-rock of “You Wanna Know Why,” with fine electric guitar from Voo and fiddle from Calvin.

We had two favorites, too.  “Find Me A Blackbone” combines echo-effect vocals and fiery guitar in the ageless story of gettin’ that mojo to sway a lover.  And, the slide-heavy centerpiece of the album, “Riverside Blues,” has an accompanying video, filmed in and around Clarksdale, MS, directed and edited by Voo.

Voo Davis is an incredibly-talented player and composer.  With “Midnight Mist,” his use of vintage equipment to create unique sounds gives these cuts a maturity and depth that blues fans everywhere will enjoy!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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