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The Guitar and Banjo of Reverend Gary Davis


Download links and information about The Guitar and Banjo of Reverend Gary Davis by Rev. Gary Davis. This album was released in 1964 and it belongs to Blues, Country, Acoustic genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 37:20 minutes.

Artist: Rev. Gary Davis
Release date: 1964
Genre: Blues, Country, Acoustic
Tracks: 11
Duration: 37:20
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No. Title Length
1. Maple Leaf Rag (Instrumental) 2:55
2. Slow Drag (Cincinnati Flow Rag) [Instrumental] 2:24
3. The Boy Was Kissing the Girl (And Playing Guitar At the Same Time) [Instrumental] 2:40
4. Candy Man (Instrumental) 2:52
5. United States March (Soldier's Drill) [Instrumental] 6:29
6. Devil's Dream (Instrumental) 3:48
7. The Coon Hunt (Instrumental) 3:30
8. Mister Jim (Walkin' Dog Blues) [Instrumental] 4:13
9. Please Baby (Instrumental) 3:15
10. Fast Fox Trot (Instrumental) 2:19
11. Can't Be Satisfied (Instrumental) 2:55



Because this is an all-instrumental recording, it's an offbeat entry into the catalog of a performer known both as an important guitarist and as a singer. Some might miss Davis' vocals on this 1964 recording, but on the other hand there are plenty of records with him singing around. This gives listeners a chance to hone in on his dexterous guitar skills, blending ragtime, folk, and blues, usually on guitar (though he plays banjo on a couple of songs, and harmonica on one). "Maple Leaf Rag" is a natural showcase for Davis' talents, and "Candy Man," which may be his most well-known song, is here presented without words, making for an interesting juxtaposition with more commonly heard versions on which he (or others) sings. As further evidence of his eclecticism, there's a version of "United States March aka Soldier's Drill" — not the best format for his strengths, certainly, but an illustration of his ability to adapt his style to unexpected material.