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Debbie Davies Playlist

1 Just Stepped In The Blues
2 Pecolatin
3 When You Where Gone

Born in the fifties in Los Angeles, Debbie was exposed to the music scene at an early age through her musician parents (her father wrote arrangements for Ray Charles and made sessions with such industry heavy weights as Frank Sinatra and Pearl Bailey.) She came up playing in blues and rock 'n' roll bands in the Bay Area before returning to Los Angeles in 1984 and landing the lead guitar spot a year later in Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs, an all female R&B band led by wife of British blues pioneer John Mayall (Debbie performed on John Mayall's "Sense Of Place" album for Polygram/PGD). In 1988, she was drafted into Albert Collins & the Icebreakers and for the next three years was the featured guitarist, performing night after night behind one of the most innovative blues legends of all time --Albert Collins. She appeared on Albert's 1991 Grammy nominated self titled release for Point Blank/Virgin Records.

Working with Albert has definitely affected my playing., she told Guitar World in a 1989 interview. It's really pushed me a lot because he just wants you to put it all into your solo every time you play -- just like he does. There's no laying back with Albert. He comes out and tears it up, and he likes everybody who takes a solo to try to kick his ass. And just observing how he works the audience and really reaches out to the people has been really inspiring and I think there's a whole other talent being able to make that connection with the people while still pulling out what you feel and putting it into your playing. That's what Albert does and I hope that I am learning that.

In the summer of 1991, Davies became lead guitarist for Fingers Taylor and the Ladyfinger Revue, which served as the opening act on Jimmy Buffet's Outpost tour. In September of that same year she formed her own band and in 1993 she came out with her Blind Pig records solo debut release, Picture This, which featured a cameo appearance by Collins on I Wonder Why.

Dabbie Davies