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Love Spin

deb_2015Well, I gotta be honest…I’m really proud of this CD.  I actually dig listening to it, which is saying a lot.  Often times I need to take a big break from my records for quite a while after I record them.  But I guess I just wrote and played what I like, with musicians that I love, and it feels good to me!  I didn’t belabor my solos in the studio…I can hear all kinds of imperfections, but it’s real, and it’s in the moment.

My biggest joy in life is collaborating with other musicians who are both friends and gifted artists.  I’ve been blessed to do that throughout my career so many times!  Once again the honor came upon me when my buddy Terry Hanck said “yes” and joined me on a couple of tunes where we could both spar vocally in a duet, and swap licks on our axes.  Terry’s a quadruple threat as a killer singer, song writer, sax player, and performer!! Thanks man!

Being in a saxxy mood I also invited my long time pal Dana Robbins to join me on the record.  Dana and I have stayed in touch since our days back in the early ‘80s when we toured behind John Mayall in Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs.  Both of us have never stopped, and today Dana tours and kicks butt on sax with the great Delbert McClinton.  Do we plan to do upcoming shows together?  You bet!  Can’t wait!!

Dave Keyes has joined me many times on stage when we’ve augmented the trio for various shows and festivals.  He and I have done tons of blues cruises together, so he was a natural choice when LOVE SPIN called for some piano!

For those of you who were looking forward to hearing Candye Kane and Laura Chavez on my CD, well, so was I.  Unfortunately Candye was severely ill and in the hospital during the recording time.  We were all so disappointed, but happily, she has just completed a major tour of Europe.!  Bless you my sister!

I met Jay Stollman through Johnny Winter, and after Johnny’s passing , we both ended up performing with the Johnny Winter Remembrance Show.  Jay asked me to co-produce his  CD for him during the summer of 2014 and then I invited him to join me in a another duet on LOVE SPIN.  This time it was an R’nB number, “Don’t Change It Up,” written by Don Castagno.  Jay’s got an amazing soul/rock voice so I also invited Scott Spray, Johnny’s long time bass player, to join us on that tune and put some ‘stank’ on the bottom!  Since then, Scott has received a Grammy award for his contribution to Johnny Winter’s “Down and Dirty”  CD, with his song, “I’M A BLUES MAN.”  Heck yea we got some chemistry goin’ on!  Look for special live shows  to come!

Once more I employed the multi talented Paul Opalach to turn his studio into our love nest for LOVE SPIN!  Yes, sometimes we would laugh, feel very inspired, and sometimes butt heads; and in the end it all turned into another record!  Paul is always a master at the board, and as always, you will hear him on several instruments…slide, bass, and organ! I never go wrong at Long Hill Recording Studios.

Lastly, I couldn’t have made this record without the help of all of my friends and fans who pre-ordered and donated to the on-line fundraiser for Love Spin.  From the bottom of my heart, I thank you all.  Now please give LOVE SPIN  a spin!    Debbie Davies




About this point in one’s career, well actually before this, many artists choose to release a “Best Of” CD.  But I have decided to release this Retrospective CD, which is a project that presents alternate recordings of tunes from earlier projects, early recordings of tunes no one has heard yet, and live recordings from some Scandinavian performances, including the Nottodden Blues Festival. I think it’s a really fun project, and fans will find a few surprise and twists!

For nearly 20 years now, I have been recording on all kinds of projects with the multi-talented Paul Opalach at his studio, LONG HILL RECORDING. Paul’s number one instrument is the bass, but he also plays one heck of a guitar and I get to feature some of his playing on this CD. Paul also adds piano and organ on the studio recordings, and we brought in Crispin Cioe to overdub some tenor and alto sax parts. Crispin and I first met when his horn section, THE UPTOWN HORNS, joined Albert Collins on stage at Carnegie Hall in NYC, and on tour promoting Albert’s Point Blank release, Iceman. Crispin is the real deal, and another kindred soul from “back in the day.”

It’s quite amusing to me to listen to some of the older recordings as I can’t sing many of these tunes in the same keys anymore, so if my voice sounds higher on some of those mid ’90’s recordings, that’s ‘cuz it is!!  My playing has grown a lot since then too, but I am still proud of what I was puttin’ out back then, and happy to share it with you all. I think my favorite version of everything Paul and I recorded is LUCKY IN LOVE. I left his guitar work on there, front and center, because I find his solo so haunting and perfect. To me what Paul plays here is reminiscent of the artistry of Jesse Ed Davis.

The first live cut is from a tour of Sweden that I did with my trio about 10 or 12 years ago. I was so proud that I got through a tune like “WHERE THE BLUES COME TO DIE” with its many chord changes outside of one, four and five, without too many glitches, that I had to add this one! Damn, the boys are tight on it, aren’t they?

The rest of the live tunes are from a 2007 performance at the Notodden Blues Festival with Janiva Magness and Her Band.  Janiva was just really starting to take off at this point, and I was fortunate to be able to do a series  of shows and festivals with her that year.  The band is hot, and her vocals on GOOD MORNING LITTLE SCHOOL ‘BOY’ are other worldly!  I can’t wait for all of the fans to hear this burnin’ batch of tunes!!  The rest are my performances, with Janiva’s band.  Sit back, relax, and crank this baby up!

Now you may ask, if this is RETROSPECTIVE the CD, will there be a RETROSPECTIVE the DVD? Ya never know!