Thursday, April 26, 2012

The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With the Blues reviewed by Steve Jones

The Adventures of Fishy Waters: In Bed With the Blues
An Audio Play by Guy Davis
Smokeydoke Records
2 CDs, 18 & 13 tracks

Guy Davis has a rollicking good time with his audio play.  He plays guitar, harp, sings and speaks on this solo work, with four covers wound up amidst 27 original cuts that make up this play, the story of Fishy Waters.

This is not really a blues CD to sit and appreciate a song or two; it is a masterful tale of the hobo Fishy Waters  where Guy uses his inherited and learned skills to tell the story of the poor vagabond who has been around the South, hopping on trains and spending time living life on the road.  Davis tells of Fishy’s life and  tales, from being the son of religious sharecroppers who want him to be a farmer and a preacher, to his life on the road and desire to be a musician.  He plays the various characters he speaks and sings of;  this is quite the enjoyable ride.  The CD closes with Waters telling us of Water’s decision between going to Chicago or going west.  I won’t tell you how it works out– you’ll have to listen yourself.

Davis is a talent and bluesman with quite a talent.  He takes us from scene to scene and tells us of Fishy and his family and associates, from relatives to hobos in a camp together.  This is really a great CD set with a story told masterfully by a man who is at the top of his craft.  Guy is an exceptional acoustic guitar and harp player with a great set of pipes.  I recommend this to all acoustic fans who love a fantastic story teller and musician!

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