Sweetheart Like You

Sweetheart Like You

by Guy DavisGuy Davis


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Guy Davis continues to explore the almost forgotten territory of acoustic African-American folk music, field hollers, shouts, rags, and gospel songs in a style that predates the blues and has much in common with the white Appalachian music that existed until the record companies separated it into race and hillbilly music. "Slow Motion Daddy" is a salacious ragtime original with a syncopated rhythm that recalls Rev. Gary Davis and Willie McTell. Davis plays banjo and harmonica and hams it up giving the performance a sly humor. "Follow Me Down" is a 12-string guitar showcase that pays homage to Leadbelly's "Mr. Tom Hughes' Town" a tale of racism and high life in the big city. Nerak Patterson adds electric guitar to a cover of "Hoochie Coochie Man" in an arrangement that crosses the Delta with South Side Chi town. Davis delivers the tune with a growling sexuality and leaves Patterson room for a tasty solo. "Can't Be Satisfied" is another Muddy Waters' tune, this time played claw hammer style on the banjo, with Davis adding harmonica and delivering another playful vocal. Mark Murphy drops some groovy polyrhythms with his standup bass. Davis contributes six of his own solid originals to the set including the aforementioned "Slow Motion Daddy"; "Sweet Hannah," which combines the secular and the sacred with the sanctified B-3 of Adam Hurwitz aka Professor Louie, and the soulful backing vocals of Bernadette Marnell-Polumbia and Joann Marnell; "Steamboat Captain" is another ragtime ditty that combines sprightly acoustic guitar and jug band-like homemade percussion, and "The Angels Are Calling" is a meditation on mortality with a powerful vocal that comes close to weeping as the tune progresses.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2009
Label: Red House
UPC: 0033651021124
catalogNumber: 211
Rank: 66048

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Guy Davis   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Banjo,Harmonica,Mandolin,Percussion,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Bottleneck Guitar,Vocal Percussion,5-string Banjo,Guitar (12 String Electric),Spoken Word,Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Mark Murphy   Upright Bass
Brian Doherty   Drums
Gary Burke   Drums
John Platania   Electric Guitar
Professor Louie   Organ,Piano,Accordion,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Nerak Roth Patterson   Electric Guitar
Martial Davis   Percussion,Vocals,Spoken Word
Joann Marnell   Background Vocals
Da-Vid   Background Vocals
Bernadette Marnell-Polumbo   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Willie Dixon   Composer
Big Joe Williams   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Alan Lomax   Composer
Son House   Composer
McKinley Morganfield   Composer
Eric Peltoniemi   Executive Producer
John Platania   Producer,Audio Production
Guy Davis   Arranger,Composer
Linda Marie Martinez   Web Service
Lead Belly   Composer

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