Sherman during the Civil War. Later rescinded by the president succeeding Lincoln was why this inital help left much bitterness but still couldn't stop the long and ardous road to freedom for all.
Boo Boo Davis' father Sylvester hadn't been a slave; in fact he was proud owner of his own cotton growing enterprise. But more important than that maybe was what went on under the roof of his Southern cottage after a hard day's work. You see, BooBoo's old man was a terrific multi-instrumentalist and old time Delta Blues traditionalist. And stopping by the kitchen first and then sitting in and getting down were heavy ramblers like John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Robert Pete Williams. This must have near blown young Boo Boo's mind plus what with the chants and songs wafting in from across the endless cotton fields all hot day long. It did set the kid on to the tracks and roads he's still ridin' on today. At five years old, he got a hold of the harmonica, sang his little heart out at church and at 11 got his first gui-tar and at 18, joined his father and brothers touring the South with a troupe with the memorable name The Lard Can Band (featuring a young B.B.King!). But lard they didn't serve up, tho they might have been hitting the Chitlin' Circuit. Never mind, Boo Boo Davis jumped off anyways and went on up North to St.Louis all on his own and for the better of it. That was the early 60's and the Missouri town was then a hotbed for great music, especially 'Black' music. Albert King, Ike Turner and Chuck Berry were hanging out and setting up, fixin' to push their sound way beyond its former boundaries of color. Boo Boo never learnt to read and write, he was just too darn busy getting better and better at playing his blues. And it was through his grand talent that he got to see some other corners of this world. Take Amsterdam, where in 2000 he signed with the Dutch label Black & Tan and brought forth 5 albums with them, including his latest, "Undercover Blues". It's strong, straightup, honest stuff put down live, no sly recording gimmicks, no cheatin' going on.
Authenticity in all walks of life is not defined by what people say or write and you sure as hell can't fake it otherwise. It's defined by what it just is, feels like and what your heart says when you're lucky enough to ecounter it. Please get down yourself and give a heartfelt welcome to Boo Boo Davis, visiting genius of this music called The Blues from the only heartland of the blues, the delta of the mighty Mississippi.