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WARD DAVIS – BLACK CATS AND CROWS

Release date: Friday, November 20th 2020
Label: Thirty Tigers / Ward Davis Music

Kicking off with a blaze of harmonized electric guitars sounding like when the Allman’s Elizabeth Reed checked into the Eagles’ Hotel California, Ward Davis’s new album Black Cats and Crows doesn’t waste a second on formalities. It’s a muscly country-rock record filled with murderous story songs, heartbreaking vulnerability, and that unmistakable voice—Davis’s weathered croon, barrel-aged then left out in the sun—are all brought to life through Davis’s and producer Jim “Moose” Brown’s care for their craft and disdain for sterility.

Without listening to a note of Black Cats and Crows, the company kept in the liner notes alone—co-writers Cody Jinks, Kendell Marvel, and Shawn Camp—will tip off any discerning music fan on how respected Davis is as a songwriter. Of course, his own songwriting history precedes him too, having written tunes for the likes of Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, and Trace Adkins. But it’s not just songwriters that have taken notice. Among the world class musicians who took part in the recording of Black Cats and Crows, a name not too often thrown around in the world of country music appears; Anthrax’s Scott Ian, who guested on the ominous murder ballad, “Sounds of Chains.”

Playlist:
01 Ain’t Gonna Be Today
02 Black Cats and Crows
03 Threads
04 Sounds of Chains
05 Get To Work Whiskey
06 Colorado
07 Book of Matches
08 Heaven Had A Hand
09 Where I Learned to Live
10 Papa and Mama
11 Lady Down on Love
12 Nobody
13 Good to Say Goodbye
14 Good and Drunk

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