Boo Boo Davis is a survivor of the last generations of musicians who write and play the blues based on the first hand experience of a hard life in the Mississippi delta. Born in Drew, in the heart of the delta, the richest land of cotton in the south, in whose fields Boo spent his childhood listening to the songs of the workers, fact that developed his strong voice that years later has impacted audiences of all the world. Boo Boo remembers legends like John Lee Hooker, Elmore James and Robert Pete Williams visiting his home, where he could hear them playing and rehearsing with their father Sylvester blues songs that are already music history. With 5 years Boo Boo played the harmonica and sang in the church with his mother; with 13 he already played the blues guitar; and at 18 he played with his father and older brothers under the name Lard Can Band. In the early ’60s he moved north of St. Louis and together with his brothers were the weekend resident band at Tabby’s Red Room for more than 18 years.

Following his spiritual guidance (which he calls Dave), Boo Boo has found a way to cope with modern society. The blues have helped him to stay active and with all his energy intact and survive on a daily basis. With an extensive discography which highlights milestones such as being among the best 10 blues albums of 2006 by MOJO Magazine, playing in such important festivals as the Pocono Blues Festival or the Montreux Jazz Festival, or performing live on CBC Radio One, radio National of Canada.

In 2008 he decided to tour without bass guitar to turn like a power-trio with drums and guitar, getting to harden and modernize his sound. And so, this blues legend continues its path offering quality in abundance and that style of the great classics with each new album and tour.

Photo : Yannick PERRIN