Chris Isaak grew up in California idolizing the Million Dollar Quartet and other legendary artists nurtured by Sun Records visionary Sam Phillips. He never abandoned those roots, even as he climbed the charts with hits like “Wicked Game” and gained wider fame as a film and television actor.
On Revocation’s recent Boston tour stop (and hometown show), I had a lot of fun hanging out with the band's wailing singer, founder and all-around badass guitarist, David Davidson, and the band's monster drummer, Phil Dubois Coyne. I caught up with David recently to talk about Revocation’s new CD, Chaos Of Forms, his influences, gear, practice regimen, and his thoughts on music piracy among other things.
It's another perfect wreck of a Sunday afternoon in downtown Los Angeles. While thousands of dazed denizens attempt to piece together fragments of the previous night's misadventures for either themselves or some like-minded compatriots, the very object of many of their fantasies is polishing off his morning cocktail.
No, he can't squeeze strings like Albert King or Albert Collins. And he doesn't have the grit of an Otis Rush or Lowell Fulson. He's got a great voice, but it's not in the same league with all-time greats like B.B. King or Big Joe Turner or Wynonie Harris.
Umphrey’s McGee may be the only nationally touring act deserving of the title "prog-rock jam band." A staple of the jam scene for more than half a decade, the band has made a name for itself by combining bold improvisation and a guitar-heavy “progressive aggressive” approach into their incendiary live sets.
For fans of R&B, blues, jazz, bop, swing, and real rock and roll, it's hard to imagine a time when Duke Robillard hasn't been here, part of our collective vocabulary in the dictionary of "cats who got it."