FRED DAVIS & THE BLUES EXPRESS - FRED DAVIS & THE BLUES EXPRESS VINYL (SUPER LTD. 'RECORD STORE DAY' ED. CUYAHOGA RIVER FIRE SMOKE)
SUPER LIMITED 'RECORD STORE DAY' EDITION CUYAHOGA RIVER FIRE SMOKE VINYL
Release Date: 22nd April 2023
"Never before heard blues from 1969! Exclusive RSD 2023 release! Pressed on "Cuyahoga River Fire Smoke" vinyl at Gotta Groove Records, Includes download card. On Remined Records, Colemine's re-issue imprint. Produced by Eli 'Paperboy' Reed. Recorded by Eli's father in 1969. Tapes have been hidden for over 50 years, now being released for the first time ever. "Fred Davis was a legend, but only in my living room. As a teenager, I started digging deeper and deeper into the blues records in my Dad’s collection. That was when I started to get the Fred Davis story in fits and starts. Fred could play like T-Bone Walker and had a keen voice like J.B. Lenoir, he said. He used to front a jump band in Kansas City, before something went down that sent him to prison at Leavenworth. In the summer of 1967, he ended up working alongside my Dad at Harco, the Cleveland factory where my grandfather was an executive. They became friends, bonding over the B.B. King and Bobby Bland records blaring from the AM radio on the factory floor. Fred taught my Dad the rudiments of blues guitar, but his style. Instead of barring with his first finger, he wrapped his thumb around the back of the neck. That left his other fingers free to create big, ringing voicings that imitated the Kansas City horn sections he heard in his youth. "