Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Larry Davis - Live At J.B. Hutto's

Anyone who associates "Texas Flood" only with Stevie Ray Vaughan has never auditioned Larry Davis' version. Davis debuted on vinyl in 1958 with the song, his superlative Duke Records original remaining definitive to this day despite Vaughan's impassioned revival many years down the road.
Davis grew up in Little Rock, AR, giving up the drums to play bass. Forging an intermittent partnership with guitarist Fenton Robinson during the mid-'50s, the pair signed with Don Robey's Duke label on the recommendation of Bobby Bland. Three Davis 45s resulted, including "Texas Flood" and "Angels in Houston," before Robey cut Davis loose. From there, Davis was forced to make the most of limited opportunities in the studio. He lived in St. Louis for a spell and took up the guitar under Albert King's tutelage while playing bass in King's band.
A handful of singles for Virgo and Kent and a serious 1972 motorcycle accident that temporarily paralyzed Davis' left side preceded an impressive 1982 album for Rooster Blues, Funny Stuff, produced by Gateway City mainstay Oliver Sain. But follow-up options remained hard to come by: few blues fans could find a copy of the guitarist's 1987 Pulsar LP I Ain't Beggin' Nobody.
Finally, in 1992, Ron Levy's Bullseye Blues logo issued a first-class Davis set, Sooner or Later, that skillfully showcased his rich, booming vocals and concise, Albert King-influenced guitar. Unfortunately, it came later rather than sooner: Davis died of cancer in the spring of 1994.

Pretty sure this is a Japanese only release that also has not been re-released yet.

Re-up request


goinsidemyhead said...

...beautiful...with a hint of Ray Charles vocals and an attacking jaw dropping guitar style plus a killer band...this one's a monster fantastically good listening experience...I cannot over state how good this is....Eekgray bro welcome back you rule...

kingpossum said...

Wow, many thanks Xyros. I never knew this existed. Larry's "I Ain't Beggin' Nobody" is one of my favorite blues records of all time.

Thank you for this and all the great work you do here. It's marvelous.

Quibus said...

fantastic! thanks!

Albert said...

will you please repost it ?

Steve626 said...

Huge Larry Davis fan. One listen to Larry and I was hooked - what a voice. Here's a 1981 Albert King set with Larry Davis on 2nd guitar and vocals on a song - It's My Own Fault, which is a real winner. For some reason I couldn't post this in the chat box.

Albert King - Blues Alley 11-21-81 @256

Xyros said...

@ Steve626, many thanks for the Albert King/Larry Davis link.

Albert said...

Thank you do much