Goin’ In Hot
Moot Davis had to triumph over several trials by fire to create his fourth album Goin’ In Hot. Just days after the song mixes were done, the studio where he recorded the album burned to the ground. Miraculously the mixes were rescued from the hard drive of a melted, water-soaked computer. Besides being thankful no one was hurt in the blaze, the New Jersey born Davis also feels very lucky that the music was saved — “that it was meant to be.”
Davis made this record while recovering from the end of a longtime relationship. “I was so broken up about it just not working that I wrote from there,” Davis admits. The heartache and sorrow he explores on such songs as “Love Hangover,” “Made For Blood” and “Used To Call It Love” results in his more personal set of lyrics.
Davis found inspiration for this album from Keith Richards’ autobiography Life. This influence can be heard tracks like “Goin’ In Hot,” “Walk Alone,” “Ragman’s Roll” and “Midnight Train,” while the swamp funk of “Made For Blood” has a Little Feat-like vibe. But Davis doesn’t turn a cold shoulder to country music on the release. “Food Stamps” is just one of several tunes enhanced by the pedal steel’s lonesome whine. With “Wanna Go Back,” Davis delivers a regret-filled ballad that could have come from a classic Merle Haggard album.
Love is cast in a positive light in “The Reason,” a heartfelt song about a son giving thanks to his mother. Davis goes in a totally different direction on the album closer, “25 Lights.” Suggesting Billy Lee Riley’s “Flying Saucer Rock ’n’ Roll” orbiting on acid, this wild Marfa, Texas-inspired alien tale
Man About Town
Moot Davis’s third release, Man About Town was a long time in the making. Moot says “I wrote most of the songs while I was living in New Zealand in 2008. I then moved to Austin, TX in 2009 and kept working on those songs. In 2010 I wanted to get back to familiar territory, so I decided to move home to New Jersey, which put it all in perspective.” Moot worked with Kenny Vaughn of Marty Stuart’s band, the Fabulous Superlatives, many of whom played on the album. ”Working with Kenny was great,” says Moot. ”He had a clear vision for the sound I was going for.”
Yet another highlight was the chance to work with Elizabeth Cook, Grand Ole Opry veteran and host of the “Apron Strings” radio show on Sirius-XM’s Outlaw Country channel. She brings a very traditional vocal style to the track “Crazy in Love with You.”
Already Moved On
American Heritage Dictionary defines “evolution” as “a gradual process in which something changes into a different and usually more complex or better form.” This word aptly pertains to Moot Davis’ second album ALREADY MOVED ON. Moot’s second release shows a clear progression from his debut self-titled effort – and demonstrates that even music that speaks the voice of the common man can evolve to a higher plane.
With his first record, Moot gained tremendous critical acclaim for his talent for writing and performing passionate, soulful honky-tonk music that drew from legends of the genre like Hank Williams and Webb Pierce while bringing the art form into the new Millennium. ALREADY MOVED ON picks up where “Moot Davis” left off, embodying timeless songwriting, a definite “attitude,” and a certain edge that lets the listener know this is no throwback to an earlier time. It’s music that reflects the past while setting the bar for the future.
Moot’s self-titled debut release clearly demonstrates his talent for writing and performing songs with the passion, soul and honesty of such legendary honky-tonk balladeers as Hank Williams, Sr. and Webb Pierce. While true to the idiom, Moot’s music is not a “throwback” – rather it is an evolution of an art form that has been sadly missed. This is honky-tonk for the new millennium.
And Davis shows no signs of slowing down. He has begun work on his follow-up album while maintaining a cross country tour schedule that would give Greyhound a run for their money. Whether your tastes run toward country, blues, honky-tonk or even live jam band mania, Moot Davis offers an alternative to bland music-by-the-numbers. If you can listen to Moot Davis and not move your feet, check your pulse – you may be dead