Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Reverend Gary Davis - From Blues to Gospel

I have ranted'n'raved about the Reverend several times in the past and this is another great one. This CD is from a recording session done in 1971 - the year before he died - with just Davis and his 12-string Bozo guitar. His fire and passion come through on some of his better known songs ("Samson & Delilah", "Lord I Wish I Could See") and on some true gospel numbers ("Children of Zion", "I Heard the Angels Singing") and he even plays harmonica for a couple of numbers ("Lost John", "Crow Jane") - no virtuoso on that instrument, but still very effective.

Davis is one of the finest finger-picking guitarists of any style, so I will always recommend his work, but this is particularly solid and cohesive album.