By Stephen Pate – Guy Davis, is just beginning a year-long tour that takes him from Cambridge & Boston on April 4th and 5th, to Halifax, NS April 7th, Charlottetown, PE April 8th and points beyond. I’ll list the tour cities and dates below.
Fans of country blues will get a rare and up close chance to be entertained by one of best the country blues artists alive today. Guy Davis is also an accomplished songwriter who can bring out genuine emotions. His repertoire goes from Bob Dylan to Mississippi John Hurt and Willie Dixon’s R&B classic “Little Red Rooster.”
Guy Davis has renewed the great tradition of country blues from Mississippi to the Texas haunts of Lightning Hopkins. He plays an awesome delta slide, with several other rhythmic blues styles, along with banjo and harmonica. He makes it all seem so easy and effortless.
Guy’s music has a toe taping groove. While I was writing this and listening to Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train, his latest CD, my wife started tapping her feet. “Is that who we’re going to see,” she said with enthusiasm.
Although the tour page doesn’t say it, the local promoter Back Alley Music told me Fabrizio Poggi, his accompanying harmonica player, will be on the tour. The pair was recorded, a few days ago by Music City Roots. There is an obvious connection with Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee, who were excellent country blues musicians, Like Guy Davis.
“The Blues” is one of those amorphous and elusive genre labels created by record companies that we are stuck with. Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee sang anything people would pay to listen to, including show tunes and pop music. In the end their success came from catering to white folk music audiences who wanted the blues. I think of the blues as a style and file all music alphabetically, except classical.
I’ve been a Guy Davis fan for the past two decades. The first time I saw him live he blew me away with his delta blues guitar playing and singing. What I really dig is he is authentic and eschews the blues clichés such as a phony southern accent.
Guy Davis is also a great storyteller and his song introductions are genuine and affecting. He does have an acting background that makes him comfortable in front of an audience. One thing I recently learned was that Guy Davis was a protegé of Pete Seeger and see’s his singing as carrying on the folk tradition.
His intro “Wish I Hadn’t Stayed Too Long” refers to his mother’s recent death while he was on the road, very touching.
Watch his videos and try to get out to see him. It will be a night to remember. Space is limited in Charlottetown where we are going so pre-purchase of tickets is recommended. @ Back Alley Music
|04/04/17||Cambridge, MA||Regattabar||United States|
|Time: 7:30pm. Address: 1 Bennett Street. with Fabrizio Poggi|
|04/04/17 – 04/05/17||Boston, MA||Berklee College of Music||United States|
|Time: 1:30pm. Daytime school gig – PRIVATE|
|04/07/17||Halifax, NS||Atlantica Hotel||Canada|
|Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $30-35. Address: 1980 Robie Street. Show is in The Commons Room. With Fabrizio Poggi.|
|04/08/17||Charlottetown, PEI||Pour House||Canada|
|04/09/17||Fredericton, New Brunswick||Fredericton Playhouse||Canada|
|04/11/17||Tuckerton, NJ||Lizzie Rose Music Room||United States|
|Time: 7:30pm. Address: 217 East Main Street. Venue phone: 609-389-0118. with Fabrizio Poggi.|
|04/12/17||Newark, NJ||Clement’s Place / NJ Institute of Jazz||United States|
|Time: 7:30pm. Address: 15 Washington Street. With Fabrizio Poggi.|
|04/13/17||Alexandria, VA||Birchmere||United States|
|Time: 7:30pm. Admission: $25. Address: 370 Mount Vernon Avenue. co bill with Samantha Fish. Joined by Fabrizio Poggi. BUY TICKETS|
|04/14/17||Philadelphia, PA||Philadelphia Folk Song Society||United States|
|Time: 8:00pm. Admission: $20-25. Address: 6139 Ridge Avenue. With Fabrizio Poggi. BUY TICKETS|
|04/15/17||Glen Burnie, PA||North County High School||United States|
|Time: 7:30pm. Address: Maryland Concert Series. Double bill with Lea Gilmore Trio. Guy is joined by Fabrizio Poggi on harmonica. BUY TICKETS|
|04/28/17 – 04/29/17||Guadalajara, Jalisco||Grooves & Blues Guadalajara||Mexico|
|Time: 7:30pm. Address: Calle 2, Hugo Vazquezz Reyes No. 39, Col. Parque Industrial Belenes. With Mark Murphy and Christopher James.|
|05/20/17||New Holland, PA||Spring Gulch Folk Festival||United States|
|Time: 6:00pm. Address: 475 Lynch Road. With Mark Murphy, Professor Louie, Gary Burke.|
|06/04/17||Orangeville, Ontario||Orangeville Blues & Jazz||Canada|
|Time: 2:30pm. Address: downtown.|
|06/08/17 – 06/11/17||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Winnipeg International Children’s Festival||Canada|
|Time: 2:30pm. Address: The Forks.|
|06/16/17 – 06/18/17||Croton-on-Hudson, NY||Clearwater’s Great Hudson Revival||United States|
|Time: 2:30pm. Address: Croton Point Park.|
|Time: 6:00pm. With Fabrizio Poggi.|
|07/02/17 – 07/08/17||Westminster, MD||Common Ground on the Hill||United States|
|Time: 2:30pm. Teaching/master classes|
|07/09/17 – 07/15/17||Center Harbor, NH||Summer Acoustic Music Week / SAMW||United States|
|Time: 2:30pm. teaching/master classes|
|07/19/17||Boothbay Harbor, ME||Boothbay Harbor Opera House||United States|
|08/08/17||New Paltz, NY||Mohonk Mountain House||United States|
|08/20/17||Glen Cove, NY||Festival||United States|
|09/30/17 – 10/03/17||Corbett, OR||Menucha Retreat||United States|
|Time: 11:00am. Teaching/master classes|
|10/07/17 – 10/14/17||Northbridge||TBD||Australia|
|10/28/17||Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec||Le Zericot||Canada|
|Time: 11:00am. Address: 1460, rue Des Cascades.|
|11/07/17||Kamsack, Saskatchewan||Kamsack Playhouse||Canada|
|Time: 7:00pm. Address: 566 1st Street.|
|11/09/17||Sherwood Park, Alberta||Festival Place||Canada|
|Time: 7:00pm. Address: 100 Festival Way.|