It’s not every day an artist releases his first album at age 39. But Nashville
native turned Asheville songwriter 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 it is.”
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.”