Davis Coen’s string of high quality blues recordings continues with the masterwork, Magnolia Land.
Cohen continues to strive to bring out the big band sound on "Tired and Lonesome," a wailing stomper that starts the disc. Coen’s fuzz toned guitar workouts accompany his husky vocal delivery on the humming gem, "Change in the Weather." Stripped blues and bottleneck leads dominate "Country Girl Blues" as Cohen digs deep to sing mournfully, heightening the tension and release within the composition. "Nothing to Hold On To" is a slow, strutting ballad with a radio-friendly chorus.
Two separate rhythm units occupy Magnolia Land, with Jimbo Mathus on bass and Darin Dortin on drums for one half, and Justin Showah on bass with Kinney Kimbrough on drums for the other. Recorded by Mathus at Delta Recording Service in Como, Mississippi, Magnolia Land is a first class ticket to visceral blues heaven with Davis Coen confidently leading the way.
Magnolia Land is out now on Soundview.