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Guy Davis

  • You Don't Know My Mind [Red House, 1998] **
  • Butt Naked Free [Red House, 2000] ***
  • Give in Kind [Red House, 2002] ***
  • Chocolate to the Bone [Red House, 2003] Dud
  • Juba Dance Featuring Fabrizio Poggi [M.C., 2013] *
  • Kokomo Kidd [M.C., 2015] **

Consumer Guide Reviews:

You Don't Know My Mind [Red House, 1998]
blues his heritage, his politics, his craft ("Best I Can," "If You Love Somebody") **

Butt Naked Free [Red House, 2000]
"Ain't no bluesman, I'm the bluesman's son/But I'll sing this song until my daddy comes" ("Ain't No Bluesman," "Let Me Stay Awhile"). ***

Give in Kind [Red House, 2002]
country blues in the spirit of friendship, like John Hurt did it ("Good Liquor," "I Don't Know") ***

Chocolate to the Bone [Red House, 2003] Dud

Juba Dance Featuring Fabrizio Poggi [M.C., 2013]
Well-mannered modern bluesman partners with Italian harmonica virtuoso and reveals that he learned "Prodigal Son" from Josh White, not the Stones (but not Robert Wilkins either) ("Love Looks Good on You," "Lost Again") *

Kokomo Kidd [M.C., 2015]
Ossie and Ruby's Seeger-schooled kid sounds freshest on new originals, a feat for any 63-year-old ("Kokomo Kidd," "Wish I Hadn't Stayed Away So Long") **