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Butt Naked Free

  • 1. Talkin' 'Bout Wings 'N' Brew
    2. Waiting on the Cards to Fall
    3. Let Me Stay Awhile
    4. Writing Paper Blues
    5. Sometimes I Wish
    6. High Flying Rocket
    7. Never Met No Woman Treats Me Like You Do
    8. Sugarbelle Blue
    9. Meet Me Where the River Turns
    10. My Rambling Ways
    11. Come on Sally Hitch a Ride
    12. Ain't No Bluesman
    13. Place Where I Come from, The (Butt Naked Free)
    14. Raining in My Soul
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 142

  • Credits
    ProducerJohn Platania
    EngineerPaul Antonell

    Personnel includes: Guy Davis (vocals, 6- & 12-string guitars, steel bodied dobro, harmonica, tambourine); T-Bone Wolke (mandolin, accordion, Hammond B-3 organ, electric bass); John Platana (guitar, tambourine); Levon Helm (mandolin, drums); Mark Murphy (acoustic double bass); Gary Burke (percussion).
    Recorded at The Club House, Germantown, New York.
    Personnel: Guy Davis (vocals, 12-string guitar, National guitar, dobro, harmonica, 12-string bass, tambourine); Gary Burke (vocals, harmonica, snare drum, percussion); T-Bone Wolk (mandolin, accordion, electric bass); Levon Helm (mandolin, snare drum); Mark Murphy (double bass); Mark Murphy (upright bass); John Platania (percussion).
    Recording information: Club House, GErmantown, New Yor.
    Armed with both 6- and 12-string guitars and an engagingly raspy singing style, Guy Davis carries on the legacy of country-blues alongside a small class of younger musicians that includes Keb' Mo, Corey Harris and Alvin Youngblood-Hart. On his fourth album, Davis pens a broad range of songs that touch on broken dreams ("Raining In My Soul"), teenage femme fatales ("Sugarbelle Blue") and high-stakes gambling ("Waiting On The Cards To Fall").
    Family serves as important motivation for this raconteur (whose parents are actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee). Results of this inspiration include the fleet-fingered instrumental "The Place Where I Come From (Butt Naked Free)" inspired by Davis' then infant son's crazy-legs dance and the jaunty "Ain't No Bluesman," written for this same child to sing when he got older. Elsewhere, Davis looked to Blind Willie McTell for a strolling version of his "Writing Paper Blues" (fleshed out by organist T-Bone Walk and drummer Levon Helm). Other highlights include the bittersweet "Let Me Stay Awhile" and "High Flying Rocket," a humorous sexual ode rife with double-entendres.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (6/00, p.68) - 5 stars out of 5 - "...His best to date...13 wonderful tunes....[He] gets to the emotional core of his tunes with deft modulations of his gravelly, low voice with expressive use of his guitars and harmonicas...""
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