Boo Boo Davis

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Boo Boo Davis
Birth nameJames Davis
Born (1943-11-04) November 4, 1943 (age 75)
Drew, Mississippi, United States
GenresElectric blues
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsVocals, harmonica, guitar, drums
Years active1950s-present
LabelsBlack & Tan Records
Associated actsB.B. King
Websitebooboodavis.com

James "Boo Boo" Davis (born November 4, 1943)[1] is an American electric blues musician. Davis is one of the few remaining blues musicians who gained experience singing the blues in the Mississippi Delta, having sung to help pass the time while picking the cotton fields.[2]

Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

Davis was born in Drew, Mississippi, where he was raised in the heart of Mississippi Delta. Davis's passion for music started at age five when his mother took him to church and he played the harmonica and sang.[3] When he was eighteen years old he began playing drums for the family band, Lard Can Band, because Davis did not possess a drum kit and was forced to play on a lard can. The band featured his multi-instrumental father, Sylvester Sr., his younger brother Sylvester Jr. on the guitar, and his sister Clara on vocals. The band played throughout the state of Mississippi, including a stint as the back up for B.B King, who was unknown at the time.[1]

Davis's song "I'm So Tired", was used in a television commercial for 5-Hour Energy and an episode of Sons of Anarchy.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

  • East St. Louis (1999)
  • Can Man (2002)
  • The Snake (2004)
  • Drew, Mississippi (2006)
  • Name of the Game (2008)
  • Ain't Gotta Dime (2009)
  • Undercover Blues (2011)
  • "What Kind of Shit Is This?" (2014)
  • Oldskool (2015)
  • One Chord Blues (2016)

Compilation albums[edit]

  • Keeping Music Alive (2005)
  • Black & Tan Sampler, Vol. 2 (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Boo Boo Davis Bio". STLBLues. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  2. ^ "Boo Boo Davis Bio". Black & Tan Records. Archived from the original on September 6, 2011. Retrieved June 23, 2011.
  3. ^ "Boo Boo Davis Bio". Crossroads. Archived from the original on March 1, 2001. Retrieved June 23, 2011.