David Davis and the Warrior River Boys (from the album Didn’t He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole available on Rounder Records)
David Davis and the Warrior River Boys benefit from time as they look back at Bluegrass, re-working old time music in real time, infusing new blood into the Songs of Charlie Poole with Didn’t He Ramble. The songs of Charlie Poole were popular from 1925-1930 as he made time-contemporary mountain music with the North Carolina Ramblers, a generation before Bill Monroe officially played Bluegrass for the first time. David Davis and the Warrior River Boys do a lot more than simply dust off the songs as they kick up some dirt with their get-up-and-go take on “Milwaukee Blues”, wistfully sing of home with “Sweet Sunny South”, relate the lives of the mountain people in the cautionary tale “He Rambled”, and lend a thought for seniors with “Old and Only in the Way”.
Historically, Didn’t He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole shines a light on the day-to-day existence of southern culture as seen through the eyes of those living in the times. Country music origins showcased songs about country people, the backing sound filtered through a wide-variety of musical accompaniment. David Davis and the Warrior River Boys curate as they re-tell the story of Frankie and Johnny with “Leaving Home”, pre-date ‘Hesitation Blues’ with “If the River Was Whiskey”, travel the world with a universal street-corner buskers tale in “Ramblin’ Blues”, and pluck a familiar lovers lament in the melody of “May I Sleep in Your Barn, Mister?”.
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