Mary Bridget Davies

Mary Bridget Davies
Wanna Feel Somethin’

Self Release

By Lady K
May 2012

Mary Bridget Davies has some heavy-duty cred. In 2005, she auditioned for and won the part of Janis Joplin in the off-Broadway musical “Love, Janis,” then continued in the production off-off-Broadway, touring the country; Janis’ band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, have asked Davies to join them on European tours and shows; and she was a member of the cast in the Tony-nominated “It Ain’t Nothing but the Blues.” Credentials galore, and judging from this CD, all very well-deserved!!

In addition to her very impressive vocal prowess, Davies was also on the ball when she found herself a terrific band: according to the promo-sheet, Davies and the band collaborated on writing all of the original tunes on Wanna Feel Somethin’. Davies’ band is Dave Hayes (guitar); Gary Roberts (bass); Chris Hazelton (organ, keyboards); Joe Vogue (drums); Pete Carroll (trumpet); Nick Rowland (sax); Aaron Thomas (tambourine) – and they provided back-up vocals - lots of talent here.

“Your Kinda Love” is a slow, sexy blues number explaining to her love why she’s had enough (his other girlfriends calling on HER phone???) Backed up with some amazing guitar sounds wending their way among the lyrics, she tells him that “everybody needs lovin’, but I don’t need your kinda love.” The up-beat, jive-y “Won’t Pay You Mind” includes some fun stuff with both sax and trumpet and a scrumptious instrumental bit with more of that rockin’ guitar. In front of all the great sounds, Davies manages to get the point across that (even though he sets her heart on fire) she’s “got something you can’t take away from me, that’s my soul . . . I’ve been thinkin’, I ain’t gonna pay you no mind.”

The slow, sexy “Same Ol’ Blues” laments that breaking up and then making up gives her the blues – again and again. He gives her the “Same Ol’ Blues” when he comes back; she sings “You’re wasting all the good times that I could have spent . . . I should have stayed away from you . . . those ‘Same Ol’ Blues’ keep coming back again.” In “The Real Thing” – a rocking, soulful, bluesy Davies belts out that “I’m the real thing – you’re tryin’ to play your games and get a little piece of me . . . there won’t be no broken heart this time. ‘I think it’s about time I up and left ya . . .”

“Getting Stronger” is Lady K’s favorite track because she fell a little in love with Dave Hayes and his guitar. It’s a goodbye tune, slow, with a sinuous, sexy feel (primal guitar?) and throbbing drums. She’s telling her bad man that he should just stay away; she “knows you’re gonna miss me; and that’s too damned bad . . . I’m getting stronger the longer you stay away from me . . . don’t you worry ‘bout me.”

Then, there is the very funky “Wanna Feel Something” – it’s got insane guitar, a rockin’ keyboard, and in it Davies, with her amazing voice, uses nifty analogies to describe the level to which her love life has deteriorated. It’s as disappointing as showing up at a club to hear the band, and finding no one on stage but a DJ, playing music with no soul – when you need to hear the blues, you “Wanna Feel Something.” She finds herself making deals with her lover . . . she’ll “handle his business if he’ll take care of hers,” because she wants to feel something. “Trick the Devil” is another killer; a rocking blues number, with another killer instrumental part mid-song, and the distinctive Delta sound. The tune provides a warning to all, to walk the straight and narrow through life (the devil is smarter than the average man). If you “mess with voodoo, it’s gonna mess with you . . . you can try to trick the devil . . . you’ll get what you deserve.”

Wanna Feel Something contains three covers: Track 7 compels Lady K to extend apologies to the Eagles, but Mary Bridget Davies’ cover of “Take it to the Limit” (Meisner, Henley, Frey) is possibly the best, blues-iest version she’s ever heard. That being said, at least Lady K now loves the tune (while she only ‘liked’ the original). The cover of Noel (Oasis) Gallagher’s “Wonderwall” is a jazzy-blues-rockin number. And, Chi Coltrane’s “Thunder and Lightning” is a killer!!! It’s rocking to nearly the point of raucous (but under control) by Davies and her band. All three covers are different and impressive

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