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Country Blues revival by Davis Coen

Country Blues revival by Davis Coen

Hailin’ from the Memphis, TN~area Guitarist and singer-songwriter Davis Coen brings some great contemporary country-blues. His voice reminds me of the true blues songs of Eric Clapton and his arrangements of the traditional Delta and Country blues artist such as Son House, Bukka White and Junior Kimborough. But above all Davis Coen lets the country blues revive like no other.

Experienced bluesman from the Memphis area

Coen is an experienced artist who has been touring the U.S. since his teens, either as a solo guitar and vocal act, or commonly accompanied by bass and drums configuration (Coen Bio). Throughout the Southeast and mid-south, you will see him perform at bars, clubs and festivals. Most recent he made his entrance at the historic King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas. Also fans in Europe can enjoy Coen’s performances where he toured several times.

Nine blues album releases Davis Coen

“BLues from the Get Down”, is a great album filled with harmonica country blues songs. Listen to “Ozone Park Cemetary” to get the feeling of Cons style. Also “D.E.A. Blues” is a treasure of this album. I hear the influence of Kimborough on this song. Since starting Davis Coen has released nine albums.

 

Off the June 2012 album release, ‘Hard Luck Cafe,’ the song “Mile After Mile” was written & performed by Davis Coen (Shadyville South/ ASCAP). iMovie created by Grace Askew. Footage shot in Como, MS at Delta Recording Services and shot by Grace Askew.

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Dan Auerbach before Black Keys: The Barnburners

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Dan Auerbach before Black Keys: The Barnburners


Before Dan Auerbach made fame with the Black Keys, you could see him in the Northside, a now defunct bar in Akron, Ohio. The Barnburners recorded some fine blues and boogie songs including the Junior Kimborough coverMeet Me In The City“. They had a regular gig and eventually released a six track EP called ‘Raw Boogie’.

The Barnburners were Dan Auerbach guitar, Kip Amore a.k.a. Johnny Belvedere (of the Plymouth Belvederes!) on bass, and Jason “Del Fuego” Edwards on drums. On Rawboogie you hear some very nice blues songs that remind you of R.L Burnside, Junior  Kimborough and some of the traditional Chicago Bluesmen.

Electric Drippin’ Blues Songs

The fast and electric drippin’ blues  songs on Rawboogie played on the slide guitar remind you of Hound Dog Taylor and the houserockers. Get a feelin’ of it when you listen to “Back to Georgia”, which in some way reminds me of “Let’s get Funky” from Hound Dog Taylor. “Take Five” the fourth song of the EP, has that same kind of drippin’ boogie.

The Barnburners – The Rawboogie

Rawboogie EP a tribute to the Blues

I’ve been listening to this album the last few days. The Barnburners mix fast boogie with slow delta blues sounds. It keeps you moving. I was on the road for a couple of days, and all I could think was that for an album that is only a half hour of music, it is a great six-song-experience. Actually more than that. Rawboogie is a tribute to all blues.

I’m a big fan of the Black Keys but man, I’m happy that the Barnburners were first. Hopefully we will see these guys on stage again. For good old times!

Photo Credit: Dan Auerbach via photopin (license)

The Barnburners – “Meet Me in the City”

The Barnburners 2002 – Baby Please Don’t Go

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GravelRoad hits new ground with El Scuerpo Album

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GravelRoad hits new ground with El Scuerpo

Imagine the music of Seattle based blues band GravelRoad as a vintage tour through American garage and roots music. GravelRoad is a groove machine, inspired by the early Mississippi blues greats and combined with Rock ´n Roll and Garage rawness. After releasing seven albums including two with blues legend T-Model Ford they are set to release “El Scuerpo”, GravelRoad’s best album yet.

El Scuerpo the best album yet

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Find more about GravelRoad’s ‘El Scuerpo’

The music of Gravelroad fits each moment of the day and “El Scuerpo” is a good example of that statement. On ‘El Scuerpo’ you will experience how garage and heavy rock are close family of original blues from the Mississippi. GravelRoad knows very well how to bring it all together. 

“El Scuerpo” is a heavier album than the other albums, sometimes comparable with Black Sabbath “as if they had grown up in Mississippi”. Vocalist and Guitarist Stephen explains: “We used Sabbath as a touchstone and reference to give some context to our heavier sound. Then again, the music speaks for itself. The root of all we do is in the blues, which of course influenced rock and roll and heavy rock, so a natural progression”.

GravelRoad Blues

The Backbone of their music lays in the blues of artists like R.L. Burnside, Junior Kimborough, Mississippi Fred Mc Dowell and of course T-Model Ford. An example of the influence is Fred Mc Dowell’s Song Gravel Road Blues which was the inspiration for the band name.

‘El Scuerpo seems to be an album of old and new GravelRoad material. “Some of the songs on ‘El Scuerpo’ are old ones that the we used to play years back, and others just came quite spontaneously. – like 40 Miles. Which came to me almost fully formed. Another one, Asteroid, is based on a riff I have been playing since I first picked up the guitar. It just came back to my consciousness and asked to be crafted into an epic heavy tune”.

“Sometimes a song is fully formed when introduced to the band, and others are simply a riff or 3, maybe even some lyrics, and the band helps arrange it, maybe even adding more to it.” 

GravelRoad and T-Model Ford

Throughout the repertoire of GravelRoad you will hear a great groove, you will move your head, tap your feet  and rhyme along with it. That groove could be the reason for Chris Johnson (founder of Deep Blues) to ask the band help T-Model Ford to the Deep Blues Festival in 2008. Stephen recalls: “Marty (drummer) and I used to travel around to see T play, and Marty went down to Mississippi to live for a few months years before we even started playing with T. We were asked to help bring T to Deep Blues in 2008 by the founder of that festival, Chris Johnson, and never looked back. T really enjoyed playing with us and you know damn well we enjoyed playing with him!”

Future plans GravelRoad

While El Squerpo hasn’t officially  been released on stage, GravelRoad is already working on songs for the next album. As indicated GravelRoad is a band for every moment of the day, and:  “So far, it looks like the next album will mostly be a deep, deep Hill Country album, perhaps with a few surprises thrown in”, Stephen reveals.

During the Spring of 2015 GravelRoad will be visiting Europe with a tour through Germany, Poland, Holland and Belgium. If there is one thing sure about these guys: they know how to play them Blues!

Visit the GravelRoad website. Find more about ‘El Scuerpo’ Here

 

GravelRoad – Lord Have Mercy

GravelRoad – Monkey With A Wig

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