Stephanie talks about her
two new releases.
Hot dang! After two
long years in the making, the first two volumes of our Western
series, Western Bliss and
are here! Featuring Stephanie’s extraordinarily unique and soulful vocals, both projects include an amazing array of rare and
classic western, swing, western swing, standards, and even the new
original theme song to Stephanie's upcoming “Trail’s End Ranch Radio”
show. Ace guitarist Rich O'Brien leads an all-star lineup of Texas
musicians, and collector-quality cover art by Montana’s incredible Monte Dolack make this a series you’ll want to collect and display. Absolute
artistry--a must-have for music lovers everywhere!
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Western Bliss and
Western Bling Reviews:
Read Margo Metegrano's
great review at:
Frank Gutch, Jr., has
another great review on his site:
Last night was Valentine’s dinner and my wife Teresa
and I prepared a special meal. I was in charge of baking new red potatoes
and preparing Steak Diane from some fine fillets. Teresa conjured up a
delicate beet and orange salad and a chocolate soufflé. To accompany all
that measuring, mixing and chopping, we put on an advance copy of Stephanie
Davis’s Western Bling. We set a fine table and just as we were
lighting the candles, the CD ended. In the silence, we looked at each other
and Teresa said, “Why don’t you put that on again?” It doesn’t get any
better than that: music you can’t get enough of, and endless romance.
Western Bling: what a concept! “Bling” comes from
hip-hop, a term for lots of shiny gold chains and sparkly jewels. Western
bling is Cindy Cashdollar’s double-neck Fender steel guitar with a flashy
chrome-plated slide bar; Rich O’Brien’s carved-topped Gibson L-5 with gold,
deco tuners; and Stephanie Davis’ voice, a multi-faceted diamond. Blink your
blingy eyes and the voice changes. One minute it’s a 1934 Ford V8 Roadster
eating up the open road on some isolated Texas byway, radio blaring—next
it’s a single silk stocking folded carefully in a World War II duffle bag
alongside a dog-eared photo of a curly-haired sweetheart.
Is it blingy, this music? To be sure, it has a
laid-back effortless swing. The musicianship is so damn good it almost seems
transparent as it envelops you. And yet its definitely not the “emperor’s
bling.” Don’t be fooled. These folks make up an all-star cast. And Miss
Stephanie’s voice? Silky, sparkly, plenty of horsepower, simply delicious.
Hal Cannon, Founding Director, Western Folklife Center
Several years ago I was in Nashville doing
some overdubs on a western recording, and, after finishing the session, rode
with the producer over to the office of a “record executive”, who was at the
time affiliated with one of the major record labels. The executive sat back
in his chair, feet on his desk, and, pontificating all the while, sort of
heard rather than listened to the tape we’d delivered. Somehow,
the name Stephanie Davis came up and the record exec made the curious
observation that, “Stephanie’s western swing phrasing sounds just like Patsy
I, of course, being the hypocrite I am,
nodded in agreement.
Years have passed and I have had the good
fortune to hear Stephanie do lots of “western swing phrasing.” And even
though I’m a fan of Patsy Cline – and I realize the record exec was, in his
own cryptic way, trying to compliment Stephanie – I have never been able to
completely agree with him.
The truth is, to my way of thinking, that
Stephanie Davis doesn’t sound like anyone else I’ve ever heard, whether
she’s singing western swing, old pop tunes, cowboy music, or her own
is a project near and dear to my heart. The material is a mother lode of
pure western gold that has not been recorded to death. The background
tracks are solid and tasty. And Stephanie is superb. She manages to make
each song her own without convoluting the melody into an unrecognizable
mess. She is having fun with the music, but not at the listener’s expense.
And though I know how hard she worked on this project to get everything just
right, she makes it sound so easy.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it
again: Stephanie Davis is one of Western Music’s mega talents, and I’m
honored that she included me on this recording.
I’d be willing to bet that Patsy Cline
would agree with all of the above.
Rich “Badger” O’Brien