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Blues Blast
Debbie Davies, Tab Benoit, Coco Montoya
Blues Blast
Genres: Blues, Pop
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Debbie Davies follows up her last release "All is Found" (2005) with the August 28, 2007, release of "Blues Blast" (CD-83669), a pressure cooker recording that showcases her seasoned guitar and vocal capabilities and in...  more »


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All Artists: Debbie Davies, Tab Benoit, Coco Montoya, Charlie Musselwhite
Title: Blues Blast
Members Wishing: 8
Total Copies: 0
Label: Telarc Blues
Original Release Date: 1/1/2007
Re-Release Date: 8/28/2007
Genres: Blues, Pop
Styles: Electric Blues, Modern Blues
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 089408366925


Album Description
Debbie Davies follows up her last release "All is Found" (2005) with the August 28, 2007, release of "Blues Blast" (CD-83669), a pressure cooker recording that showcases her seasoned guitar and vocal capabilities and includes guest appearances by three high-profile bluesmen: guitarists Tab Benoit and Coco Montoya, and harpist Charlie Musselwhite. "Like a master chef's gourmet meal offering exquisite courses, Debbie has crafted a nine-course wallop of her musical vision and spirit," says Art Tipaldi, senior writer for Blues Revue and the author of the album's liner notes. "One listen to Debbie's tribute [to guitar mentor Albert Collins] with Coco, the opening `A.C. Strut,' proves these kids learned Pop's lessons." And that's just the beginning. While the spirit of Collins is ever-present in Davies' guitar attack, the earthy Texas shuffle has become her trademark sound. On Buddy Guy's classic `My Time After While,' she conjures up that fiery Lone Star groove. Four of the eight remaining tracks are either written or co-written by Davies. Musselwhite ups the ante when he steps in with his high-end blows and low-end draws on Davies' own "Sittin' and Cryin'" and Musselwhite's own contribution, "Movin' and Groovin.'" Labelmate Tab Benoit joins Davies to pay homage to two legendary blues masters: John Lee Hooker on "Crawlin' King Snake" and Howlin' Wolf on "Howlin' for My Darlin.'" The closer, "Sonoma Sunset," bakes slow and rich like the perfect high-calorie dessert for every blues lover. Davies and her three accomplices join together in this minor-key, slow-blues instrumental. The combination of Musselwhite's harp solo - an exquisite succession of one sonic innovation after another - and input from all three guitarists turn this track into a ten-minute workout. In the final coda, it's easy to feel the spirited enthusiasm in their teamwork.

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Awesome collaboration...her best in years
R. F. Cooney | Cranston, RI United States | 10/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Debbie Davies has released many CDs over the years, but this one clearly stands out. Often these types of CDs, which involve a 'Who's Who' of contemporary blues artists, do not live up to expectations -- this one is definitely an exception. Put Davies together with Musselwhite, Benoit, and Montoya and sparks fly. Debbie wrote 4 of the 9 songs, while the rest are covers. The 'A.C. Strut' with Coco Montoya is a tribute to Debbie's mentor, Albert Colins, and it really rocks. Listen to Musselwhite on 'Movin' and Groovin' and you will soon understand why he is often referred to as "the Dean of Blues Harmonica" -- outstanding. Tab does a great rendition of Hooker's 'Crawling King Snake' with his Louisiana swamp style, as he is joined by Debbie. On 'Sonoma Sunset,' the 10 minute finale, all 4 come together to create a masterful ending to a great blues CD. Debbie and Tab take on Howlin' Wolf's, 'Howlin' For My Darlin' and the results are stellar. You also have to love Debbie, Charlie, Tab, and Coco on 'Like You Was Gone' -- whew (!) great stuff.

As with all Telarc recordings the sound is outstanding on this CD. This CD is a winner from beginning to end -- all 9 songs are done with tremendous blues styling by some of the very best in the world. Fifty-three minutes of pure blues. Highly recommended.

Quick note: you also get to hear the great Bruce Katz on the B3 organ, Rod Carey on bass, and Per Hanson on drums -- what an additional supporting cast!"
Debbie Davies Scores Another Hit!
S. Petrofsky | Ramona, CA USA | 09/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Debbie Davies can be guaranteed to turn out a consistant product every time. She is the Cream-of-the-Crop
of the female blues guitarist out there today. All her albums are excellent, and this is no exception.
If you like listening to quality guitar work, you will love this CD."
Debbie Davis Rocks
John T. Ward | South Carolina | 10/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I have followed Debbie Davies career since she broke away from Albert Collins to establish her own solo career. She is an unparelled guitar virtuoso. Many up an coming guitar players asked Albert for the opportuniy to unseat Debbie as Alberts lead guitar player. He said that "if you can play better than Debbie, you can have the job". No one ever did. Debbie not only can play but she is excellent in her original interpretations of many of the old blues standards. I have every CD that she has recorded. This CD "Blues Blast" is one of her best. It includes collaberation with mega blues stars Charlie Musselwhite, Coco Montoya and Tab Benoit. It is a must have for any serious blues fan."