Little Dipper/Vizz Tone 2015
Review by David Bowling
Debbie Davies career is well past the three decade mark and if there is one thing that can always be counted on, it’s she is one of the better female guitarists alive. She may not always receive her commercial due, but her expertise within a blues format has earned her ten nominations for Blues Music Awards and in 1997 and 2010, led to her being named Best Contemporary Female Blues Artist.
She honed her craft as the lead guitarist in the all-female band Maggie Mayall and The Cadillacs before joining Albert Collins backing band in 1988. She embarked on her solo career in 1993 and has just released her latest album titled Love Spin.
Her approach is similar to B.B. Kings in that the solo’s and vocals to not intrude upon each other. She fronts a basic backing band, which highlights her guitar playing and raspy voice, which is made for the blues.
Songs such as the self-penned funky “Life Of The Party” and the jam laden “I Get The Blues So Easy,” plus covers of Don Castagno’s “Let The Heartaches Begin, which puts the saxophone as a lead instrument and “Don’t Change It Up,” which has a rhythm & blues flavor highlight her talent as an artist.
Debbie Davies is one of those music warriors who continue to record and tour. Love Spin is a fine addition to her body of work.