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VOo Davis / Press

“Chicago-via-Alabama guitarist Voo Davis rocks out on “Vicious Things” (Butter & Bacon Records). Nothing on his 2012 A Place For Secrets debut even hints at the ferocity of these grooves. Recorded in Louisiana, with an enticing blend of bass, ukulele, harmonica, fiddle, keyboards and percussion backing up his rampaging guitar, Voo is a Hendrix/Buddy Guy/RL Burnside combo of blues-rock chops. Also a helluva lyricist, his self-produced 10 originals feature his dirt-road gravel voice singing tales of regret, loss and love, tempered by his obvious passion for life and the joys of freedom and release. Man, can he burn! “One For The Habit One For The Road” starts it off in dramatic style and there’s no looking back. Americana seems to be the hippest musical genre these days and Voo is a perfect example.”

““Killer guitar riffs , pumpin’ B3 vibes, smokin’ harp, a backbeat that won’t quit… and Voo vox that rock! ‘Vicious Things’ EXPLODES out of the speakers! Blues-rock is alive and kickin’!””

Cap N Barney - WMHB 89.7 FM

“Brian “Voo” Davis gets the advantage of melding his Alabama and Chicago upbringings together to produce his brand of passionate Southern-tinged blues rock. Nearly every song on his sophomore effort Vicious Things is overflowing with gritty riffs, soulful harmonica, and Davis’ built-for-the-blues vocals. Opening rockers “One for the Habit, One for the Road” and “Whisper” just beg for all–out foot– stomping and singing along.”

“Vicious Things is the tale of the long journey between playing at being a bluesman and actually making the sacrifice required to be great without dealing at the crossroad. At its core, it takes us through the struggles of getting from A Place for Secrets to Vicious Things. This is what I see and hear when I listen. It is the road I like to imagine Voo walked to create an album that is as forward thinking as it is wrapped in the classic technology it embraces. Voo Davis has established himself with Vicious Things and his future as a musician is now on much firmer ground and not just as a bluesman. I could go on and on about Vicious Things, it just hits me in the right place. I appreciate the care Voo took in recording this album, but right now, all I want to do is put the top down and crank One for the habit, One for the Road while I blast down a central Texas country road at a very unsafe velocity.”

“Everything on Vicious was written by Voo, and his influences range from R.L. Burnside to Jimi Hendrix, so he's much disciplined on the composition side of the house. Nonetheless, once he gets that guitar in his hands, stand back, 'cause boundaries don't exist, and the shades-bedecked gent's a natural wildman. Everthing in his percolating heart comes pouring out hot as lava, wrapping around the room, catching everyone and everything up in its embrace. When that's not happening, he turns to modes like the hard-gospel Big Lie and elsewhere. A couple short instrumentals punctuate the flow of things, but I sure wish he'd let 'em run…not that he needs to, but, dammit!, we need that! But there's a ton of sophistication here that one CD isn't sufficient to showcase, even as overflowing as it is; thus, as soon as you've consumed Vicious, you're hungry for more, and that's a good damn thing.”

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“No matter how amazing your talent, how many stages you stand on each year, how many miles pass beneath your feet, blues is highly unlikely to make you a household name. The current field of musicians crisscrossing the country today may be the best ever. That will, with a little luck, put dinner on the table and gas in the tank but probably not much more for the men and women of the blues. One such musician is Brian ‘Voo’ Davis, A Chicago bluesman with a talent for every instrument he picks up. It is his guitar work that truly stands out as extraordinary however. Voo has the personal tragedy in his past to merit more than simply sounding like the blues, he understands them deep in his soul and you can hear it in every note. I had heard of Voo on and off but there are simply too many musicians to keep up with. It wasn’t until recently that I downloaded his album, A Place for Secrets from Amazon.”

“ I have been listening to A Place For Secrets, the most recent release from Voo Davis. Davis has built quite a reputation as a skilled slide player and performer working with Eddie King. Davis teamed up with Producer and multi instrumentalist, Steve Bores.The result of that collaboration is this recording... part introspective, part extrovert... all musical. His vocals are seductive and his playing tight. Levee and Le Bon Tempe Roule shows the tables turn with Davis on a wide open acoustic slide jam with harp and drums. Home again shows Davis' strength as a balladeer and songwriter. The intentional discord in parts of the melody draw attention to solemn nature of the track. Overall a very enticing recording.”

“Bravo on guitar, Brian ' Voo ' Davis, has wedged between his hands, an anonymous slide guitar in one of the many blues trios on the roads of the American South, but the quality and the ability to follow the tortuous paths of Jimi Hendrix (there was born the nickname ' Voo ') has changed the life of multi-instrumentalist Voo Davis (plays all guitars, organ, bass, piano, harmonica and producer Steve Bores the rest, drums and bass). An extensive showcase of partnerships-without ever leaving an unguarded corner, is particularly aggressive and full of nuances, he continued to fill over the decades until the fate did not create new outlets, the exit of “A Place for Secrets” is born only after the death of his wife in 2009. from the ballad with harmonica, leaning brilliantly to lap steel in The Wild One, the final Beautiful Tattoo and dazzling Out Of The Blue, flutter certainly while remaining an avvoltolata blanket in melancholy Classic, Caught You Bleeding – also because it leads to t”

Cheapo Music Web Magazine