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CD Review: Christian Davis – The Big Picture – by Bob Everhart for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

CHRISTIAN DAVIS

The Big Picture

Can’t Look Down – Working Man Like You – The Simple Things –
While Was Away – Rosine I Cry – It’s Gonna Be A Good Day – The Distance
Between – He Prayed Again – Hands Of A Working Man – Singin’ Momma To
Sleep – The Big Picture

For a guy who just likes to hear good music, so
long as it’s truthful, honest, from the heart, acoustic in nature, and
done well, I’ve just received a CD that accomplishes all of that…..and
more.  Christian Davis was the bass singer for Daily & Vincent for
over five years, so he’s already had a pretty long connect to ‘real’
music performed for ‘real’ people.  Why do I say that?  Because so much
of what Americans see and hear today is plastic-produced.  We can watch
television shows with no humor at all in the script, but the canned
laughter makes the whole thing phony.  It’s the same in the music
world.  “Country” music is no longer ‘country’ simply because ‘country’
musicians no longer play or record ‘country music.  Bluegrass music is
another genre going through a ‘growing’ experience.  Christian Davis has
one of the best ‘singular’ bass voices I’ve heard in a very long time. 
There’s some ‘Bluegrass’ on this album.  There’s some ‘country’ on this
album.  There’s some Southern Gospel on this album.  Christian Davis is
searching, and his search is right now, with this album, with his heart
dedicated to Jesus Christ, he is about to step out on the stage that
has his name on it.  He’s been on that stage for quite awhile, but now
he’s going to make that ‘big’ step, joining Christ as He lends a helping
hand up those few small steps.  This album is that first small step. 
It’s remarkably well done.  I have long admired the Dobro work of Rob
Ickes, and he certainly does each and every song he plays on this album
true justice to ‘match’ and ‘guide’ the bass voice of Christian Davis. 
Christian has sang with lots of artists in traditional and classic
country music.  He’s also sung with the ‘big ones’ in bluegrass. 
However when Rhonda Vincent joins him on “Rosine I Cry” Christian is on
his ‘right’ and ‘righteous’ track.  That song written by Michael Monroe
Goodman is the epitome of what ‘history’ means in ‘real’ music, and it
also means what is important to all of us who ‘love’  this kind of
music.  Remember what I said when I started this review….truthful,
honest, from the heart, acoustic in nature, and done well?  This is all
accurate, except ‘done well’ should probably be ‘done to the very
cutting edge’ of all those previous descriptive words.  Rhonda Vincent
is a long-time friend of mine, she was inducted into the National
Traditional Country Music’s “Hall of Fame” some years ago.  This is
where she was ‘crowned’ the “Queen of Bluegrass” tiara and all.  It is
such a pleasant experience to hear this young man Christian Davis
joining in that very unique and incredibly gifted family of musical
expression that continues to keep his music ‘real’ for ‘real’ people. 
Off this CD goes to the Rural Roots Music Commission who will also enjoy
this enlightening ‘creative’ enjoyable experience. www.music-savers.com
 

RECORD REVIEW BY BOB EVERHART, Pres., National Traditional Country Music Assn. for Country Music News International

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