- The Bullfrog Blues Club - The Albert Bar South Parade Pier - Thursday 27th June 2002
Legendary New York acoustic bluesman Guy Davis arrives in England next week
for a short tour. His first port of call is the Radio 2 studios for a BBC
session, but a week later he's at the Bullfrog Blues & Roots Club on South
Parade Pier, Southsea, for his only South Coast gig on the tour.
Guy is a musician, composer, actor, director, and writer, but most
importantly, he's a bluesman, dedicating himself to reviving the traditions
of acoustic blues through the material of the great blues masters, African
American stories, and his own original songs & stories.
Raised in New York city, Guy taught himself the guitar by listening to and
other musicians. He grew up hearing about life in the rural south from his
parents and grandparents, and their tales made their way into his own
stories and songs. With wide and varied influences it was through Taj Mahal
that he found his way to the old time blues.
Throughout his life, Davis has had overlapping interests in music and acting.
In 1993 he performed off-Broadway as legendary blues player Robert Johnson
in "Robert Johnson: Trick the Devil." He received rave reviews and won the
Blues Foundation's W.C. Handy "Keeping the Blues Alive Award."
In 1995 Guy's stunning live album "Stomp Down Rider" topped lists all over
U.S.A. whilst his next album, "Call Down the Thunder" solidified Davis'
position as one of the most important blues artists of our time, and was
named a top ten blues album of the year. "Acoustic Guitar" magazine called it
"one of the thirty essential CDs from a new generation of performers".
Davis' third album, "You Don't Know My Mind" displayed his breadth as a
composer and powerhouse performer. Davis' tough, timeless vocals blow
through your brain like a Mississippi dust devil. Davis reminds you that the
blues started as dance music. This is blues made for humming along, stomping
your foot, feeling righteous in the face of oppression and expressing
gratitude to your baby for greasing your skillet.
Guy Davis' song, "You Don't Know My Mind" was included in the compilation
"From Mali to Memphis", which also included not only tracks by West African
artists but also legendary blues performers like Muddy Waters, and
Mississippi John Hurt,
through today's artists like Taj Mahal, John Lee Hooker and Ry Cooder.