Davies: "Holdin' Court"
newest release for Debbie Davies is an all-instrumental
disc that both pays homage to those who's tone and styles
she attempted to learn from and also some of the tunes
she has written. She burst into public notice as the
lead guitarist with Albert Collins and the Icebreakers
for several years, 1988 to 1981. She also played with
John Mayall's wife in, Maggie Mayall and the Cadillac's.
Since 1993 she went out and formed her own groups and
has been a band leader ever since. This is a foray into
her roots in some ways, as she explores the electric
guitar players of the 60s who had an influence on her—Otis
Rush, Kenny Burrell, Gatemouth Brown and of course Albert
Collins. Many of the tunes are her own compositions
but she also includes a few that reflect her background,
tunes by some such as Duke Robillard and John Lee Hooker."
Bob Gottlieb / www.acousticmusic.com/fame
S'Aida: "Brown Sugar"
"Born in Brooklyn, raised in Switzerland, resident
of Toronto, and recording in Memphis, singer Shakura S'Aida
turns in her second solo album, Brown Sugar, for the German
Ruf Records label. On her first CD, UMI's Blueprint, she
sang blues cover songs from the 1940s and ‘50s,
but here she and her guitarist, Donna Grantis, have penned
nine of the 11 songs themselves. They have done so in
some familiar blues styles, starting with the opening
trio of 12-bar blues tunes, "Mr. Right," "Walk
Out That Door," and "Gonna Tell My Baby,"
then going on to less hardcore variations such as the
blues-rock found on "(Did It)" Break Your Heart"
and the bluesy piano ballad "Angel on High."