April 29, 2014

Review from No Depression

No Depression

Another nice review, this one from Lee Zimmerman at No Depression

Like the Mavericks’ Raul Malo, Moot Davis is an old school singer, a man who makes his music from both a selective and cerebral point of view.  Consequently, the songs included on this, his latest opus, find him emoting in a way that brings to mind the great country crooners so prevalent back in the day — iconic artists like Hank Sr., Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Charlie Pride, Porter Waggoner et. al. Aside from his singing, Davis is also a terrific tunesmith, a fact evident on every one of these track without exception. While most of the songs are the kind of lovelorn ballads that demand an ample infusion of tears in a beer, there are enough uptempo tunes — “Midnight Train,” “Love Hangover,” “Ragman’s Roll,” “Lights” and the like — to ensure that Davis evades any lingering effects of moodiness and melancholia. Credit producer Kenny Vaughan for imbuing the ambiance and guitarist Bill Corvino for adding exhilaration. This is a stunning set from beginning to end. 


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