SINCE I DON’T HAVEYOU
Little Chickadee Productions …………
A major departure for one of the queens of Nashville
Highly respected as a prolific songwriter, performer, recording artist and producer, Gail Davies has been an inspiration to countless top names in the world of country music. Although her career has never hit the dizzy heights it perhaps deserved Gail has worked with many great names, Neil Young, Hoyt Axton, Emmylou Harris, Glen Campbell and Roger Miller to name but a few. Many classic country songs have emerged over the years; Someone Is Looking for Someone Like You, Jagged Edge Of A Broken Heart and the controversial Unwed Fathers immediately spring to mind.
Now semi-retired, Gail has indulged herself by moving in a completely new direction and enlisted the help of famed tenor saxophonist Benny Golson to come up with an album of jazzy-styled songs reminiscent of the 40s and 50s.
The result is a very listenable 11 strong collection with three numbers each penned by Gail and her late brother Ron Davies with one contribution from son Chris Scruggs of BR549 fame who also features prominently on acoustic guitar. It’s doubtful if Gail is expecting commercial success from the venture and it is unclear exactly who the album will appeal to. Long-time fans will snap it up forthe sake of completeness although, despite the high quality of music on offer, country fans will inevitably be disappointed. But, what the heck! After a long and distinguished career, Gail is entitled to do what she wants and this set finds her returning to her roots as a budding jazz singer. The production and recording are superb and Gail’s evocative voice oozes emotion. It’s not country but it would certainly impress friends as background music ata dinner party. John Roffey
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