GUY DAVIS - Skunkmello (2006) & Sweetheart Like You (2009)
21st Century acoustic bluesman Guy Davis' "Sweetheart Like You" is the highly anticipated follow-up to the much-lauded "Skunkmello", which earned him 3 Blues Award nominations and a rare 5-star review in the jazz/blues magazine DownBeat. Produced by long-time collaborator John Platania (Van Morrison, Bonnie Raitt, Chip Taylor), it is a classic mix of acoustic blues and soulful originals and his most personal album yet. Starting off with his unique take on the Bob Dylan classic "Sweetheart Like You," Davis takes us back to his home with songs about love, family and the hard paths life takes. He includes unique takes on blues classics like Muddy Waters' "Can't Be Satisfied" and Lead Belly's "Follow Me Down." Displaying more than his blues roots, "Sweetheart Like You" features some of Guy's finest songwriting with tunes that are alternately humorous and heartbreaking, from the playful "Slo Motion Daddy," to the powerful "Angels Are Calling." Deeply personal, "Words to My Mama's Song" was inspired by his own mother, activist and actress Ruby Dee. "My mother is a remarkable woman. So much of this song is her voice inside of my head," Guy says. "There's also a little bit of her brother Edward's spirit in that composition." Certainly a familial number, "Words to My Mama's Song" features Guy's son Martial contributing spoken word and funky vocal percussion. It captures the album's theme of hope and resilience despite heartache and hard times. That spirit is never more present than on the album's final moving number "Ain't Goin' Down."
Skunkmello (2006): 01. Natural Born Eas'Man 02. Going Down Slow 03. The Chocolate Man 04. It Takes Love to Make a Home 05. Shaky Pudding 06. Po' Boy, Great Long Ways Home 07. Blues in the Midnight Hour 08. Blackberry Ramble 09. Fonza Curry 10. Maggie Campbell Blues 11. Skunkmellow's Dance of the Chickens 12. Hooking Bull at the Landing 13. Shooting Star 14. Uncle Tom is Dead (Milk N' Cookies Remix)
Sweetheart Like You (2009): 01. Sweetheart Like You 02. Slow Motion Daddy 03. Follow Me Down 04. Sweet Hannah 05. Bring Back Storyville 06. Words To My Mama's Song 07. Down South Blues 08. Hoochie Coochie Man 09. Steamboat Captain 10. Can't Be Satisfied 11. Baby Please Don't Go 12. Angels Are Calling 13. Goin' Back to Silver Spring 14. Ain't Goin' Down
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