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Tales From Austin Motel
Genres: Blues, Pop
Former Albert Collins guitarist Debbie Davies ventures into the heart of Texas for this album, recorded with Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon of Double Trouble. As one might expect, the result has a distinctly Texas sound, t... more »
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Former Albert Collins guitarist Debbie Davies ventures into the heart of Texas for this album, recorded with Chris Layton and Tommy Shannon of Double Trouble. As one might expect, the result has a distinctly Texas sound, though that's been an aspect of Davies's playing anyway. The original material is solid, and the covers--including three Willie Dixon songs--are well chosen. Davies's take on "I Just Want to Make Love to You" has been informed by more-recent rock versions of the song but still has the sense of intimacy the song demands, and the closing "Walking by Myself" is appropriately laid-back and low-key. Of the original songs, the strongest is the gender-politics-themed "I'm a Woman," successful because the politics of the lyrics are balanced by an overt sensuality in the music. This one's almost all blues, but Davies keeps things hopping with a variety of feels, tempos, and rhythms, and mixes things up with the south-of-the-border "Atras de Tus Ojos." It's a stronger effort than her recent Round Every Corner, showing the emergence of a distinctive personal style. --Genevieve Williams
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DEBBIE DAVIES IS BACK!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After disappointing releases in '97 and '98, I was afraid this talented lady would never again come close to putting out anything like her '93 debut, "Picture This". Well, here it is. The guitar solos are back, the blues feeling is back, the good cuts are back and the rhythm section is the backbone with Tommy Shannon and Chris Layton on board. A must have for blues lovers. Grab it now."
Back on track
firstname.lastname@example.org | Scottsdale, AZ | 08/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Backed by Double Trouble (Stevie Ray Vaughn's band), Debbie Davies is back on track. Upbeat tracks remind you of her album Picture This. She adds her own style to songs like I Just Wanna Make Love. Solids riffs shows she's recovered from her foray into country on her last, forgettable album."
James K. Clark | Enterprise, AL | 03/17/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you love blues music, then playing in Albert Collins' band counts for something in my book. I feel it is her best music yet, and she really seems comfortable with the well chosen material. Two other recent collaborations are "Homesick For The Road", with Tab Benoit and Kenny Neal and "Grand Union", with Otis Grand and Anson Funderburgh. Having listened to a radio interview of hers, I think her music on this CD shows her dedication and love for that which she has paid some dues."