by Guy Davis


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Guy Davis is a smart singer/arranger, having realized sometime back that the blues world encompassed more than electric Chicago bands and Delta-style soloists. On Skunkmello, he finds joy in moving from style to style, and even improvising by throwing several things into the mix to see what will happen. The collection kicks off with two covers, the first a rewritten version of "Natural Born Eastman" followed by a take on "Goin' Down Slow." The first moves at a brisk pace, fired by Davis' gruff vocal and backed by a spry acoustic mix, while the latter delves deeply into electric barroom blues. There's fancy claw-hammer banjo on "Shaky Pudding," and banjo blues on the lazy "Po' Boy, Great Long Ways from Home." To the average blues fan, this eclectic approach adds variety and keeps the collection intriguing from beginning to the end. Purists, on the other hand, may question Davis' loose approach, combining both new and traditional elements in his blues stew. It's easy to gain the impression that he wants it both ways: a sound and lyrics that evoke elements of the past (gruff vocals, songs about shaky pudding), but that is really no more than an approximation of it. Davis deserves points for moving beyond the typical blues recording, but Skunkmello remains too dependent on a clean version of traditional blues. Only "Uncle Tom Is Dead [Milk 'n' Cookies Remix]" moves beyond tradition to emerge as something that one might call progressive blues.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/04/2006
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651019220
catalogNumber: 192
Rank: 118455

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guy Davis   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,12-string Guitar,5-string Banjo,4-String Banjo
Walt Michael   Mandolin,Guitar (Resonator)
Mark Murphy   String Bass
Gary Burke   Drums
Mark Naftalin   Organ,Piano
John Platania   Electric Guitar
T-Bone Wolk   Organ,Accordion,4-String Banjo
Nerak Roth Patterson   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar

Technical Credits

Tommy Johnson   Composer
Blind Willie McTell   Composer
Ossie Davis   Composer
Peter Moshay   Remixing
Eric Peltoniemi   Executive Producer
John Platania   Producer,Audio Production
Guy Davis   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Paul Antonell   Engineer
Carla Leighton   Art Direction
Thom Wolke   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Milt Costakis   Engineer

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