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Fred Davis (from the album Cleveland Blues available on Remind Records / Colemine Records) (by Bryant Liggett)
Cleveland guitar player Fred Davis was one of those musicians whose talents were heard by few, if that. He was, however, heard, and fortunately recorded, by a co-worker to a tape that didn’t see sunlight for the last 50 years. That tape was recently uncovered by Eli ‘Paperboy’ Reed, who is now taking on the task of bringing the name Fred Davis to worldwide music lovers, dropping Cleveland Blues to necessary ears.
Underproduced, raw, and real, Cleveland Blues is an album you didn’t know you were waiting for; a collection of super, lo-fi Boogie Blues with banging guitar work. This is a record loaded with joy for the love of its music. Album opener toasts with “Wine Hop” while a laid-back groove meanders across “Drifting Blues”, both cuts performed casual and easy.
Cuts like “Express Train and “Piano Boogie”, “Time When You Say You Love Me”, and “Euclid Avenue” are rollicking Boogie cuts that will make a dance floor movie, the kind of tunes that Fred Davis charges into like he’s speeding down a highway. There’s also a textbook, simple, and straightforward Blues approach to “Midnight is Falling” and “Five Long Years”. Blues dudes had their finger on the psychedelic, the trance, and the no frills, garage aggression. Finding a record like this makes one wonder how many undiscovered treasures are out there, helping fans to embrace Fred Davis now, and make up for being lost in time. (by Bryant Liggett)
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