*This event will take place in the Spotlight Room at the Palace*
once said, “I like antiques and old things, old places, that still have the
dust of those who’ve gone before us lying upon them.” Blowing that dust off just enough to see its
beauty is something Guy has excelled at for over twenty years of songwriting
and performing. It’s no wonder his
reverence for the music of the Blues Masters who’ve gone before him has been
evident in every album he’s ever recorded or concert he’s given.
Guy has had
his musical storytelling influenced by artists like Blind Willie McTell and Big
Bill Broonzy, and his musicality from artists as diverse as Lightnin’ Hopkins
and Babatunde Olatunji. However, there’s
one man that Guy most credits for his harmonica techniques, by stealing and
crediting from him everything that he could, and that man is the legendary
album, “Sonny & Brownie’s Last Train – A Look Back at Brownie McGhee and
Sonny Terry” is an homage to these two hugely influential artists, not only on
Guy’s career, but to thousands of musicians around the world. One such artist is the Italian harmonica ace,
Fabrizio Poggi, who collaborates with and produced this recording.
the summer of 2016 in Milan, the album features the original, title track song
written by Guy Davis, songs by both Sonny and Brownie, as well as songs known
to have been recorded and performed by the famed duo written by their
contemporaries, such as Libba Cotton and Leadbelly.
Fabrizio have a relationship going back a decade in which they’ve performed
together on tour in Europe and in the United States. In 2013 Fabrizio produced and played on Guy’s
highly acclaimed recording, “Juba Dance”, which was number one on the Roots
Music Charts for eight weeks. And ‘Fab’
also performs on Guy’s last album, “Kokomo Kidd”.
Guy Davis has spent his musical life carrying his message of the blues around the world, from the Equator to the Arctic Circle, earning him the title “An Ambassador of
the Blues”. His work as an actor, author, and music teacher earmark him as a renaissance man of the blues. What music and acting have in common, he explains, “is that I don’t like people to see the hard work and the sweat that goes into what I do. I want them to hear me and be uplifted. And I want some little eight-‐year-‐old kid in the front row to have big eyes and say, ‘Hey, I want to do that!’