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Debbie Davies

Saturday, September 10, at Wilbert's.

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As '60s Brits scurried to music shops for their first guitar after getting a taste of Howlin' Wolf or Freddie King, the best of the bunch would cut sides of their own and, in turn, ignite an emerging pack of stateside brats. One such susceptible Yank youngster was guitar journeywoman par excellence Debbie Davies, whose taut solos were first nurtured by British blues. Raised around L.A.'s professional music scene, Davies was inspired by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. Later she crossed paths with Mayall, not to mention his wife and guitar great Albert Collins, after she joined Maggie Mayall's all-girl blues outfit in 1986 on a tip from her pal, latter-day Bluesbreaker Coco Montoya. The connection would culminate in guest shots on several of Mr. Mayall's tracks and Davies' full-blown Mayall dedication disc, 2003's Key to Love. After playing with Maggie Mayall's troupe, Davies hooked up with Collins and swapped licks with the Iceman from '88 through '91. Her eighth and current offering, All I Found, shows that Davies' fingers and pipes are in peak form.

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