A couple of months ago I told y’all about this EP that vintage bluesman Boo Boo Davis put out with ElectroBluesSociety sensibly titled Chicago Blues Covers. This makeshift trio (Davis, guitarist Jan Mittendorp and drummer Jasper Mortier) made a mess of covers of electric blues standards charged by the retro-modern studio finagling of the ElectroBluesSociety and the sheer aura of one Boo Boo Davis. And they laid down the tracks for these songs all in one afternoon in 2018. Now we learn that their label KuvVer Records has dropped another track from apparently that same session, Howlin’ Wolf’s “Killing Floor.” Boo Boo’s rendition carries the same machismo as Wolf’s but aside from that, it sounds almost like a wholly different song. If anything, the analog-y, reverb-drenched sonics of this two year-old recording sounds even more ancient than the fifty-six year-old original and Mortier keeps the song lively with a booming backbeat. Davis voice echoes from the bottom his soul but his blues harp shouts louder and authoritatively. Even if you’ve heard this song a thousand times before, your experience with it isn’t complete without hearing ElectroBluesSociety and Boo Boo Davis tackle it. They give old blues back its youthful vitality because they know how to make it brash and raw.
today KuvVer Records released:
KR 616 – ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis – Killing Floor
a new single recorded during a session that we did with Boo Boo Davis in 2018. Together we went back to the classic Chicago blues and afterwards we added a little electro. This time it is another Howlin Wolf classic.
The track is available on all digital platforms.
today KuvVer Records released our new single.
Second track from a recording session that we did with dutch singer Michel Peters. This is another fresh take on a Muddy Waters classic
today KuvVer Records released our new single
This is the seventh track from the recording session that we did with Mississippi blues man Boo Boo Davis. Together we went back to the classic Chicago blues and here is another Howlin Wolf classic with a little ‘electrofication’. The tracks is available on all the digital platforms like:
Today KuvVer Records released our new single:
KR 610 – ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis – How Many More Years
This is the sixth track from the recording session that we did last year October with Mississippi blues man Boo Boo Davis. Together we went back to the classic Chicago blues and here is another Howlin Wolf classic with a little ‘electrofication’. The music is available on all digital platforms and here are a few links
ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis – Smokestack Lightnin (KuvVer 606) ElectroBluesSociety feat Boo Boo Davis – Dust My Broom (KuvVer 607)
Here are another couple of download singles for KuvVer Records, again featuring the Mississippi bluesman, singer and harmonica blower Boo Boo Davis. He is in excellent form on Howling Wolf’s classic, ‘Smokestack Lightnin’, taken at the same tempo but with a slightly different accompaniment (though not too far away from the familiar version). This has a ghostly echo-like sound in the background; for those who remember cassette tapes, it is a little like when the reverse side used to “bleed through”. Boo Boo’s vocal is of course first-class! Similar comments can be applied to the cover of the Elmore James classic. There’s no doubt that’s the original inspiration for this rendition, with Jan Mittendoorp broom-dusting away on electric guitar, though even more to the fore is Boo Boo’s excellent, wild blues harp playing, making for another wonderful recording.
today there is a new single released on KuvVer Records
Again a classic Chicago blues song from Howlin Wolf with a little ‘electrofication’
Released digital only and available on all streaming and download platforms worldwide. Here are a few links
today KuvVer Records released a new single from our session with Boo Boo Davis
Here is the fourth track from the recording session that we did in October last year with Mississippi blues man Boo Boo Davis. Together we went back to the classic Chicago blues and this time it’s another Howlin Wolf classic with a little ‘electrofication’. This song was a regular in the repertoire of the Davis Brothers Band in the sixties and the seventies.
The track is released digital only and available on all download and streaming platforms. Here are a few links
this what Norman Darwen wrote in BLUES IN THE SOUTH about one of the singles we released together with Boo Boo Davis:
Mississippi born singer and drummer Boo Boo Davis goes back to his roots on this “digital single” from KuvVer Records. He used to sing this Howling Wolf song with The Davis Brothers Band when they played in a juke joint in Saint Louis. Maybe the tough vocal and wailing harmonica were more or less the same, even the loping rhythm, as the electronics are not really in evidence here, meaning that this is just a very fine, down-home blues performance. More please!
There is no better night of the year to return to Sweet Home Chicago than Christmas Eve, Xmas in Chi-town during the Reign of King Richard (Daley) the First (“Too ra loo ra loo ral…”) was a joyous fulcrum week at the bottom of the year filled with food, spirits, parties, singing, crying and fighting. Even now I can close my eyes and fill my sinuses with the heavenborn heat of clean steam rising from the boiled fresh meats which would then swirl and fight with the ancient greasy smoke of the grilled meats at every restaurant vent on the block as I cruised alleys on foot homeward from Maxwell Street on Christmas morning fingering the night’s haul and minding the curves, always minding the curves. Or was it Taylor Street? Too old to care now. Musical giants Jan Mittendorp and Jasper Mortier form ElectroBluesSociety and this week they have teamed with Mississippi bluesman Boo Boo Davis to revive another great song. This time it’s the Elmore James classic, “Dust My Broom,” Enjoy.