“Brew has his own unique way with lyrics and melody. An approach to
storytelling that sounds like it came from the pen of a long-time veteran
songwriter, yet very fresh and original.” – Jerry Salley, “One of Music
Row’s greatest veteran tunesmiths” (Billboard Magazine)
It’s not every day an artist releases his first album at age 39. But Brew
Davis figures he finally has something to say so he might as well say it.
Charles Humphrey (Steep Canyon Rangers), Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers) and
an impressive lineup of pickers back Davis on this debut Americana album
that covers a range of sound and emotion.
“My roots are in Nashville,” he says, “but I worked at Sugar Hill (Records)
in Durham for a while and have lived in Asheville for the past decade so
songs like ‘Soul in the Wood,’ “Redbird and Blackbird” and ‘Shades of Gray’
are North Carolina-centric. At the same time, I’ve always loved Texas
songwriters like Guy Clark, James McMurtry, Townes, Robert Earl Keen. All
those influences- honky tonk, bluegrass and the more emotive,
character-driven stuff came together on this record. My producer Charlie
Chamberlain calls it ‘Ameri-kinda,’” Davis laughs, “and that’s exactly what
The album offers up as many feelings as it does sounds, from the plaintive
(“Billings”) to the laughable (“You Don’t Text Me Anymore”), the defiant
(“State of Franklin”) to the self-deprecating (“Song on the Radio”), the
tender (“Flipside of the Moon”) and hopeful (“Redbird and Blackbird”) to
the heart wrenching (“One More Christmas”). “I don’t tend to stay in one
place for too long, physically or emotionally, and this album reflects
that. It’s a hodgepodge, but it’s all me.