Music News

Hit Pick

Singer, songwriter and guitarist John Davis was born and raised in south Georgia, a few miles from the Okeefenokee swamp, among what he calls "unredeemed Baptists, bootleggers and riff-raff." Davis, who moved to Colorado in 1997 and quickly became a favorite at Swallow Hill Music Hall, revisits his roots on Dreams of the Lost Tribe, his fine debut album. With echoes of early Tom Waits and Randy Newman, it's a pastiche of Southern musical styles: the irresistible scene setter "Okeefenokee," with its lazy, sitting-on-the-front-porch-sipping-iced-tea groove; the hard-driving, bluesy "Hurricane"; the haunting ballad "Eloisa"; the cool, jazzy "Dirty Old World." Recorded in Broomfield with an eclectic assortment of local players, including close collaborator Sean Kelly -- he's a bassist with the Boulder Symphony Orchestra -- Dreams of the Lost Tribe is a rich, sophisticated work that manages to evoke both William Faulkner and Robert Johnson. Join Davis at the Swallow Hill Cafe on Friday, June 21 for a CD-release party. He promises an evening of "caterwauling and pawing various guitars and telling outrageous lies." Arrive early for a catfish dinner.
KEEP WESTWORD FREE... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
David Hill