Personnel: Guy Davis (vocals, guitar, 12-string guitar, harmonica); Guy Davis; Nerak Roth Patterson (acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Walt Michael (resonator guitar, mandolin); Gary Burke (drums); John Platania (electric guitar); T-Bone Wolk (accordion, organ); Mark Naftalin (piano, organ).
Audio Mixers: Milt Costakis; Paul Antonell; Peter Moshay.
Audio Remixer: Peter Moshay.
Recording information: The Clubhouse, Rhinebeck, NY; Three Days Sudio, Gallatin, NY.
Editor: Peter Moshay.
Photographer: Carla Leighton.
Arranger: Guy Davis.
This set of rootsy blues and jug band classics from Guy Davis, one of the genre's classiest interpreters, includes the banjo outing "Shaky Pudding" and the city blues of "It Takes Love to Make a Home," as well as contributions from the Paul Butterfield Blues Band's Mark Naftalin and session greats T-Bone Wolk and John Platania.
Down Beat (p.79) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "Using a gruff voice rich in texture and small telling detail, he becomes a sweet, kindly songster a la Mississippi John Hurt..."
JazzTimes (p.91) - "He blows some mean harmonica on a cover of the classic 'Going Down Slow,'....And he summons up some commanding Howlin' Wolf-ish vocals on the haunting 'Shooting Star'."
Dirty Linen (p.46) - "Guy Davis writes songs that are funny, poignant, smart, and literate..."
Living Blues (p.46) - "Davis writes songs rich in the sly double-entendres and folkloric imagery of country blues....On SKUNKMELLO, Davis continues to innovate..."
Mojo (Publisher) (p.99) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Davis's mature instinct for what to change and what to leave alone, allied with his rich, loamy voice, once again produces music poised between tradition and originality."