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Thursday, March 26, 2015

VizzTone Label Group artist: Debbie Davies - Love Spin - New release review

I just received a copy of the newest release (4/21/15), Love Spin, from Debbie Davies and she rips as always! Opening with Life Of The Party, Davies has a little of the Albert King funky sting in her guitar with Paul Opalach on organ, Wilbo Wright on bass and Don Castagno on drums. Title track Love Spin, still holds a light funk but with a bit more country funk along the lines of Elvin Bishop. Opalach lays out a real nice lap steel solo and Davies hits right back with a fine articulate solo of her own. On ballad Let The Heartaches Begin, super sax man joins Davies on on lead vocal and throws out a healthy sax solo. Davies lays down one of the nicest guitar solos on the release... controlled but sweet. Don't Change It Up has a solid bottom by Scotty Spray on bass and is joined by Jay Stollman on vocals. Another number with a funky rhythm, this track has solid commercial potential. Davies plays some hot plucky lead on this number heating things up nicely. Shuffle track, It's All Blues has a nice easy sway and with Dana Robbins reinforcing the back with a nice sax line, Davies steps up with short crisp guitar riffs. Talk Real Slow has a cool groove with lightly inlayed lap steel effects. Davies gets some otherworldly sounds from her guitar on this track making it a definite standout. Boogie track, I'm Not Cheatin' Yet, features a really hot sax solo from Robbins and Dave Keyes on boogie piano. Vocal duet by Davies on this track coupled with the instrumental solo trading makes it my favorite on the release. Two Twenty-Five-Year-Olds has a country blues rhythm (T For Texas) and a stinging Texas style guitar solo. Davies continues to mature as a guitar player and her skills are ice pick sharp. Jazzy track, A Darker Side Of Me, is lightly accompanied by Castagno on brushes, with Davies playing a richer part of the fretboard venturing more into Duke or Earl territory. Very nice! With a blend of Willie Dixon and Freddie King, Davies brings out I Get The Blues So Easy, a guitar shuffle with Hanck blowing out his sax. Davies cuts loose with one of her hurricane solos on this track and coaxing Hanck into a shared spotlight. Excellent! Wrapping the release is Way Back Down, featuring Davies on slide guitar. With a Rollin and Tumblin basis and hot slide work you couldn't ask for a better closer.

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