Back in 1960-1961 Freddie King released a song called “Hideaway” on the Federal label and reached the top of the blues charts for several weeks. Sources write that Hound Dog Taylor wrote the song in 1960 and Freddie took some parts of it for his version of the hit. Hound Dog version didn’t reach as high as Freddie’s and he didn’t get any credit but, in any case, he recorded the most badass version of them all.
ALBUM | British Blues Guitar Legend Jesse Davey: Big Blues
You Might know the main persona of this article for his contribution to the sound of the British Blues in the 90s. He was a founding member of blues band The Hoax alongside John Amor, but above all Jesse Davey is a brilliant guitarist and songwriter, a legend in his own style. This September Davey released his solo album Big Blues which features collaborations with a whole lot of blues singers. The arrangements, the voices, the monstrous guitar solos, fast or slow, drunk or sober it is a great pleasure to listen to Big Blues.
Collaborations for Big Blues
For this project Jesse Davey worked with singers as Ash Wilson (The Relavator), Pete Gage (Made It on my Own, Chain Smoking), Ian Siegal (Can’ Get It Together) and Hugh Coltman (How Blue Can You Get). Is it nice to see so many singers on one album. The footmarks of Davey are in every song very clear, but the vocals bring a different angle to every song, it is the individual contribution of these guys that make Big Blues more and more divers.
‘The Crow’ is a song that feels as a renewed 21th century Mannish Boy with tight and straight forward vocals. The song feels Gritty and dark but at the same time it boosts your energy very well. ‘Fast Boy’ is a monster of a song. Especially the guitar grooves so fine that is like you’re in a Ford Mustang driving full throttle along the Coast line, the Delta or what the groove takes you too. The song is also very nice arranged; the guitar, next the drum, followed by the
Piano… And by the time you’re so far that you grab the leather of your seat firmly, the guitar solo kicks in and brings you home.
Jesse Davey – The Revelator
All though it is hard to pick one favorite song on Big Blues ‘The Relevator’ has the most groovy arrangement and is therefore a song you easily remember. The fine piano introduction followed by the catchy vocals make the song groove. You will also like the guitar solo that is comparable to the style Freddy King played his rocking solos.
Inspiration of King, Hopkins and Vaughan
His playing is influenced by the greats such as B.B. King, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and Stevie Ray Vaughn and has developed into a mature, personal style ranging from “blistering pyrotechnics with jazz and classical flavors”. It is clear Davey is a veteran in the blues guitar world bringing you the finest soul searching solos, which run the game of emotions of exquisite melancholy to explosive joy.
Davey as member of the Hoax
In 1991 Davey started The Hoax alongside John Amor and Hugh Coltman. All the members were all young students of the blues and had played together since they were in their teens; songwriting and arrangements were worked out together by all five members and in 1994 their debut album Sound Like This was brought out. The Hoax impresses critics in England who compared the to The Yardbirds, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers and the Rolling Stones.
Photo Credit: Jesse Davey, Press material
Jesse Davey’s Jam Devizes Hugh Coltman Jon Amor The Hoax
THE CROW – JESSE DAVEY [Feat. Pete Gage]
BIG BLUES [Feat. Ian Siegal and Jesse Davey]
“Some of us can be examples about going ahead and growing, and some of us, unfortunately, don’t make it there, and end up being examples because they had to die. I hit rock bottom, but thank God my bottom wasn’t death.”
– Stevie Ray Vaughan –