Legacy

Guy Davis perseveres as one of the few contemporary African-American musicians to embrace the acoustic blues and, in doing so, takes up what he refers to as his legacy.

Guy Davis perseveres as one of the few contemporary African-American musicians to embrace the acoustic blues and, in doing so, takes up what he refers to as his legacy. The title of this set reflects not only his awareness of his role but also the tunes that constitute the album. Davis authored a number of the songs, but the feel of his originals is so timeless that the listener will be hard pressed to separate them from such traditional numbers as "See See Rider," "Drop Down Mama" and "Come Back Baby." In the manner of Otis Taylor, Davis has also seen fit to return the banjo to its rightful place in the genre, and he does so in grand fashion on "Red Goose." Davis keeps it simple here. His musicianship is sharp, and his raggedy voice remains a prime blues instrument.—PVV