C.C. Rider the Venerator: Guy Davis

This is the latest from The Bluesmobile’s C.C. Rider, who spends her life venerating the founding fathers of the blues. She’s walked the crooked highways of this singing country to resurrect the voices of the past. With the dirt of the Delta on her hands, she sleeps in the shadow of the giants on whose shoulders popular music now stands.

Guy Davis

(b. May 12, 1952)

If you played me a track by Guy Davis and told me he was a relic from the old south, I’d believe you. Truth is Guy’s not that old at all, he was born on this day in 1952.  But Guy Davis is a man with an old soul.

Guy is a New York City bred.  He picked up fingerpicking from a nine-fingered guitar player on a train ride from Boston.  And something about that story fits well with the haunted myths of the old Mississippi musicians.Whether he’s putting a darker twist on an old blues standard or composing his own traditionally minded songs, Guy’s got delta dirt under his nails.  Judge for yourself. Here’s Guy Davis, “Lost Again.”

 

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