Powerhouse vocalist Coco Davis’ speciality is breathing new life into the iconic forms of early blues music, those raw epics that forever haunt modern music. She’s touring her debut album, a travelogue of witty & ghoulish early “revenge blues” classics this April, in support of her debut LP, Old Haunts.
Shorn of the musical cliches that beset the blues genre, Old Haunts is one for storytellers, an imaginative realm of runaways, night-owls and badmen. It’s an assured statement of purpose from a singer with a fast-growing reputation on the NZ scene, judiciously reinterpreting the vivid tales of Bessie Smith, Lil’ Green, Ma Rainey and Geechie Wiley.
A song-cycle coloured by slide guitar, paired with synthesizer and vibraphone, drenched in classic reverbs, the album was arranged & produced by “Sheffield’s answer to Lightnin’ Hopkins,” (NME), guitarist Tom Rodwell from the calypso-blues notorieties Storehouse, also known for his session playing with Don McGlashan, on his hit album “Lucky Stars”.
Widely acclaimed in NZ theatre circles, Davis has leant her talents to numerous Auckland Theatre Company shows (Cabaret, Chicago, Little Shop of Horrors) and will spend much of 2016 on tour in New Zealand, Australia and the UK with the contemporary musical Daffodils, and will also appear in the Auckland Arts Festival tribute to Dusty Springfield, Dust to Dusky.
Her own production of Sam Shepard’s surrealist cowboy operetta The Sad Lament of Pecos Bill has appeared widely on the arts festival circuit, and Davis‘ television credits include Brokenwood Mysteries, Spartacus and Shortland Street.
This will be a great night at Tauranga Art Gallery. Call us now on (07) 578 7933 to make a booking or pop in to get your ticket today!