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Chocolate to the Bone


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  • Personnel: Guy Davis (vocals, acoustic 6- & 12-string guitars, slide guitars, banjo, harmonica, tambourine); Nerak Roth Patterson (guitar); Tommy "T-Bone"
  • Wolk (mandolin, accordion, Hammond C-3 organ, pump organ); Howard Johnson (tuba); Mark Murphy (acoustic bass); Gary Burke (drums); David Helper (background vocals).
  • Recorded at Clubhouse In Rhinebeck, New York, New York.
  • Personnel: Guy Davis (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, slide guitar, banjo, harmonica, tambourine); Nerak Roth Patterson (electric guitar); T-Bone Wolk (mandolin, accordion, pump organ); Howard Johnson (tuba); Mark Murphy (acoustic bass); Gary Burke (drums); Dave Helper (hand claps, background vocals).
  • Audio Mixer: Paul Antonell.
  • Photographer: James E. Hinton.
  • With each new release, the clothes of an old bluesman fit Guy Davis more and more comfortably. By now the blues are completely a part of who he is, so when he reworks an old Sleepy John Estes song into the opener, "Limetown," it feels completely natural; even with the familiar "Rollin' And Tumblin'" riff. He mixes it up well between covers and originals, taking in quite a range -- there's John Lee Hooker, Willie Dixon, and Blind Lemon Jefferson all sitting amicably together in his style; as well as some pieces like "Step It Up And Go" that are just plain old. His own material is less familiar, of course, but just as good, with the careful (if not wholly accurate) patina of age about it. Perhaps the best thing about Davis is that he never tries to be something he's not; there's no fake Southern accent. What you hear is what you get. And while he's hardly the guitar genius that Charley Patton and Robert Johnson were, he's more than adequate, and his excellent band backs him up solidly and subtly, never stepping out too far. There's plenty of talent in Davis, but there's also an obvious and deep love for the blues, especially the rural country blues, and he brings to his music a real timelessness. The man just keeps getting better and better. ~ Chris Nickson
Professional Reviews
Living Blues (9/03, p.51) - "...Guy Davis continues to mine the deepest roots of blues tradition....He also, not incidentally, manages to sound like the voice of wizened experience even as he imbues everything with youthful elan..."

Mojo (Publisher) (9/03, p.111) - 3 stars out of 5 - "...A warm, inventive set of old songs....Davis's voice is maturing like a fine malt in its cask..."
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