Check Out Time
James "Thunderbird" Davis
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||I'm Ready Now||James "Thunderbird" Davis||3:44||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||You Did Me Wrong||James "Thunderbird" Davis||3:04||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Hello Sundown||James "Thunderbird" Davis||3:59||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Check-Out Time||James "Thunderbird" Davis||4:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||What Else Is There to Do?||James "Thunderbird" Davis||3:25||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||If I Had My Life to Live Over||James "Thunderbird" Davis||1:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||It's Your Turn to Cry||James "Thunderbird" Davis||2:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Come By Here||James "Thunderbird" Davis||3:00||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Should've Known Better||James "Thunderbird" Davis||3:54||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Case of Love||James "Thunderbird" Davis||3:42||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Bloodshot Eyes||James "Thunderbird" Davis||3:11||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Dark End of the Street||James "Thunderbird" Davis||3:58||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Thought by many to be deceased, singer James Davis returned from musical invisibility to make this sparkling comeback set for Black Top. His hearty pipes sounding anything but over-the-hill, Davis roared a combination of his own fine tunes and remakes of songs first done by Bobby Bland, James Carr, and Wynonie Harris in front of a terrific combo (guitarists Anson Funderburgh and Clarence Hollimon, saxist Grady Gaines). A revival of his own slow blues "Your Turn to Cry" recalled Davis's early-'60s glory days.
Just in case...
...you happened, to have tripped across this recording, certainly by accident, give it a turn. Sometimes greatness is better felt, than described.
This Guy is The Real Deal
I heard him first on a live Black Top Compilation with both Ronnie Earl and Anson trading shots and it was incredible. He used to be in Guitar Slim's Band and that's enough for me. But, he died on stage while performing and is it poetic enough that the album is called "Check Out Time"? I think there are at least five winners in here ("Hello Sundown" being the best) and it just goes to show you that those great R&B voices are almost all gone. This thing has tremendous energy and authenticity...
Born: November 10, 1938 in Prichard, AL
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s