Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers

00:00 April 11, 2014
By: David Vicari

Debbie Davis and the Mesmerizers' Linger Till Dawn is a thirteen track album that takes you into what a set at Three Muses sounds like. Davis, who supplies the main vocals and plays the ukulele, is the unquestioned leader of the band, and is backed up by a formidable group of musicians. Alex McMurray supplies the guitar riffs, while Matt Perrine is on sousaphone, and Josh Paxton is on the piano. The album was recorded at Piety Street Recording Studios and was mixed by Mark Bingham. Davis starts off the album with the up-tempo tracks "Make Me a Present of You" and "I Wanna Be Like You," the latter being a strong rendition of a track that has become part of the Frenchmen Street canon. Davis, who has been playing with each of the band members for a long time, has stripped down songs with each of them, letting each player accentuate her and their own strengths. In "Winin Boy Blues," Davis croons as Josh Paxton's piano provides the heartbeat, the duo making a powerful song together. In the old hit "Sunny Afternoon," McMurray supplies a nice guitar solo while Debbie knocks the vocals out of the park. In "Dream a Little Dream of Me," Davis sings with partner Matt Perrine, who supplies the heartbeat of the song with his sousaphone, and, in the Beatles cover of "If I Fell," Davis plays her ukulele as McMurray plays guitar; the duo harmonizes together to make one of the strongpoints of the album. The album ends showing off the versatility of the album as the second-to-last track is Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Maker" where each member of the band's presence can be felt. The last track, "I Cover the Waterfront," is a soft intimate track, getting back to the roots of Debbie and her gin-powered ukulele.

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