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Charles “CD” Davis – 24 Hour Blues – Blues House Records

An album of rock-solid blues.

Published on February 16, 2013

Charles “CD” Davis – 24 Hour Blues – Blues House Records

Charles “CD” Davis – 24 Hour Blues – Blues House Records BHRC-0300, 50:58 ****:

(Charles “CD” Davis – guitar and friends)

As a self–identified Texas blues man, Charles “CD” Davis has paid his dues in a ten-year stint with the Calvin Owens Blues Band which, after the leader’s passing in 2008, Davis decided to strike out on his own, and has delivered this debut album of rock-solid blues entitled 24 Hour Blues. 

Supported by a tight band with the usual blues configuration of organ, sax, trumpet and trombone, all bolstered by Davis’ wailing guitar riffs, he offers a no-holds barred session of his original compositions and a couple of covers, that blasts out of the speakers in true blues fashion. Slamming out of the gate is “Help Me Baby”, with Jabo-Texas Prince of Zydeco taking charge and the band in full-throttle behind him. Jabo continues to deal in a soulful rocking disposition with B.B. King-like interpretation of “Old-Fashioned Woman” along with Rue C. Davis (no relation to “CD”) adding to the fireworks. Building her groove from an evocative ‘20s musical structure, Roberta Donnay takes care of “That’s How I Learned To Sing The Blues” in a nostalgic fashion.

Charles “CD” Davis penned all the charts for this session and they are packed with numerous varieties of taste. Take for example “Still Got The Blues”, which is a slow blues with Davis’ guitar leading the way and stunning in the background for Trudy Lynn’s vocal, all the while some strings add depth to the proceedings. “Worried” is done in the Jimmy Rushing tradition by Jabo, who is a self-assured singer of soulful sincerity. Closing the session is “Blues For My Father”, a purely instrumental track with Davis’ guitar in the forefront of the band, whose muscularity jumps out throughout the track.

As the Roy Brown song says; “there’s good rockin’ tonight”.

TrackList: Help Me Baby; Old-Fashioned Woman; That’s How I Learned To Sing The Blues; You Don’t Know Me; Still Got The Blues; Wen Mama Leaves Town; It’s Tight Like That; Lonely Man Blues; Worried; A Minor Thing; Blues For My Father

—Pierre Giroux

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