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Debbie Davies

Debbie Davies

On her previous Shanachie release, ‘Round Every Corner, Debbie Davies focused more on her singer-songwriter side by mixing in pop and R&B influenced originals and covers along with her usual potent dose of the blues. Feeling the need to get back to her “playing” roots, the highly respected guitarist (a former sideman to Texas blues guitar legend Albert Collins) hooked up with bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton (former rhythm section for Stevie Ray Vaughan’s Double Trouble) on the powerful and aptly named Tales From the Austin Motel.

Debbie’s stinging guitar licks cut through with gutsy authority on this spunky collection of shuffles and roadhouse rockers recorded at The Hit Shack in Austin. The story of her life-a woman having to prove herself in a man’s world-is spelled out in bold terms on her celebratory blues “I’m a Woman.” To further prove her point, she cranks aggressively on the houserockin’ instrumental “Percolatin’,” tipping her hat to SRV along the way.

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