Guy Davis' Sweetheart Like You is a pleasure to hear. Beginning with the open and title track he demonstrates how he has earned the respect as a musician that he has. Davis' sincere cover of Dylan's Sweetheart Like You makes this song more so enjoyable that I played it again a second time before going on to the other cuts. He successfully out-Dylan's Dylan with his version.
Davis's is most frequently called a bluesman and that is true as far as it goes. But to stop there leaves out a huge part of the story that is Guy Davis. Fourteen songs comprise this collection. We get a Dylan cover and six songs from indisputable blues legends.
Then we get Davis. Half of the tunes on the CD are strong enough original tunes to deserve to be right there among the legends. To be sure, Davis' does not play the in-your-face style of blues. Both the covers and the original blues are delivered in a back-porch, laid-back, old-time style that makes you just want to sit and soak in what he is offering.
One of the great things he is offering is pushing the definition of what a bluesman can deliver. His arrangements are always based in the blues but include elements and passages that many blues musicians either couldn't or wouldn't think of introducing.
The solid production work and the tasty backups on this CD all work together to perfectly frame Davis. The production work includes some great liner notes that were a real treat to read while listening. Guy Davis' charm, character and wit shine through every aspect of his CD, Sweetheart Like You.
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