Black Jack Davey is a traveling troubadour who recently released Meet Black Jack Davey. He makes folk music. The ’60s bohemian type folk that has been covered endlessly since the rise of Dylan. Davey is staying true to the tropes in this lo-fi effort which revolves mostly around guitar and vocals.
Up first is “Gypsy Girl” where he strums basic chords and sings palatable familiar sounding melodies. It's a predictable song and I have to admit I felt like I had heard it before. The lo-fi quality distortion is really noticeable towards the end of the song. I liked the additional strings.
The title track reminded me of Jack White and of course all of the blues musicians that influence Jack White. It's a solid song but I felt like it went on too long. The next song that got my attention was “Bugles In The Afternoon.” I liked the fact that he added drums and bugle but there were timing issues that were hard not to notice. Overall, I still liked the spirit of the song and a better recording would have really made it shine. The other standouts were “What If There Was A War” and “You Know, I Know.”
Black Jack Davey has some talent but I can't say he is in the same league as modern day folk singers like The Tallest Man On Earth as of just yet that have a very similar style. Some more advanced guitar picking and chord transitions could bring him to the next level.
Overall, Meet Black Jack Davey is far from perfect but still enjoyable. His songwriting is solid if a little predictable at times but I truly thought his passion was the thing that made me a fan. At the very least this album builds a nice foundation for him and I look forward to his evolution as an artist
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