103

Moot Davis: Moot Davis

Mike Perciaccante By

Sign in to view read count
Moot Davis: Moot Davis If traditional Honky Tonk is what you crave, Moot Davis' self-titled debut CD may be exactly what you're looking for. Mixing western with a little hillbilly, the Trenton, New Jersey-born Davis is a throwback to "classic" country. Davis, who constantly tours with his band, Cool Deal, is a voice to be reckoned with.

Now, country and blues are cousins, but jazz is also a cousin... and not as distant as one might think. The beats and construction of the pieces are strikingly similar. The variation is in the cadence. Many jazz artists, like Doug Wamble, have ventured into country territory. Ray Charles ventured into every American genre there was. Moot Davis' music is classic Americana. It is also getting quite a bit of exposure, as the track "Whiskeytown" from the album is featured prominently in the new film Crash.

Produced by Grammy winner Pete Anderson, Davis, whose voice is reminiscent of a bygone era, is the real deal. Picking up the baton as the next great country crooner destined for the Grand Ole Opry, Davis hits all the right notes. In an age of canned, overproduced, cold, impersonal, and calculated music, Moot Davis' sound brings back the feel, emotion, and most importantly, the sound of authentic country music. Even the titles of his songs are "classic" country. From the rollicking "Thick Of It Now" to the bluesy "Thanks For Breakin' My Heart" and the haunting "Last Train Home," Moot Davis breaths life into his songs and creates real country music.

Davis' debut CD is replete with weepy tales, dusty wide-open roads, cheating women, roadhouses, yearning, loss, bad relationships, pickup trucks, and whiskey. Backed by the prerequisite steel guitar, fiddles, and banjos, Moot Davis sings like Hank Williams reborn.

Other highlights and standout tracks include the previously mentioned "Whiskey Town," "Jug of Wine," and "Stay Gone." The songs on the CD are excellent, clever, witty, funny, and insightful. Each has that authentic '50s country sound that jumps out of the speakers and grabs the listener. This CD is better than good, it is an instant classic.

Track Listing: Thick of It Now; Highway Kind; Jug of Wine; Whiskey Town; Thanks for Breakin' My Heart; Last Train Home; Nothin'; One of a Kind; Halls of Smoke & Wine; Stay Gone

Personnel: Pete Anderson Guitar (Acoustic), Banjo, Mandolin, Percussion, Arranger, Guitar (Electric), Producer, Artwork, Design; Sally Browder Engineer, Mixing; Joe Buck Bass (Electric), Bass (Upright); Jonathan Clark Vocals (bckgr); Moot Davis Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals; Skip Edwards Piano, Guitar (Steel); Josh Florian Mastering; Don Heffington Drums; Jennifer Herold Production Coordination, A&R; Gary Morse Banjo, Dobro, Pedal Steel, Lap Steel Guitar; Tony Rambo Engineer; Jason Robbins Engineer; Lee Thornburg Trumpet; Gabe Witcher Fiddle

Year Released: 2005 | Record Label: Little Dog Records | Style: Beyond Jazz


Shop

More Articles

Read Cross My Palm With Silver CD/LP/Track Review Cross My Palm With Silver
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read One Minute Later CD/LP/Track Review One Minute Later
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 28, 2017
Read JK's Kamer +50.92509° +03.84800° CD/LP/Track Review JK's Kamer +50.92509° +03.84800°
by Mark Sullivan
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Ephimeral CD/LP/Track Review Ephimeral
by Glenn Astarita
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Fly or Die CD/LP/Track Review Fly or Die
by Karl Ackermann
Published: April 28, 2017
Read Speechless CD/LP/Track Review Speechless
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 27, 2017
Read "Early Americans" CD/LP/Track Review Early Americans
by Mark Sullivan
Published: May 14, 2016
Read "Los Guachos V" CD/LP/Track Review Los Guachos V
by Budd Kopman
Published: July 1, 2016
Read "An Eclipse Of Images" CD/LP/Track Review An Eclipse Of Images
by Mark Corroto
Published: September 1, 2016
Read "On A Monday Evening" CD/LP/Track Review On A Monday Evening
by Dan McClenaghan
Published: April 22, 2017
Read "Momentum" CD/LP/Track Review Momentum
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: September 22, 2016
Read "Montréal" CD/LP/Track Review Montréal
by Roger Farbey
Published: February 11, 2017

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM RECORDS | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!