Fiery Licks & Slide Guitar

Charleston City Paper | May 30, 2007
Davis Coen

Ill Disposition


"The streets don't love me no more," sings local songwriter Davis Coen on "Busker's Blues," the opening track of his new studio album. He specializes in performing solo with plenty of fiery licks and slide guitar work and occasional harmonica. On the 13-song Ill Disposition, he nestles into a solid full-band setting (thanks mostly to solid drum work from Joe Izzo) and a more trad-R&B/blues-rock blend. Coen's handful of covers are respectful and cool, but his own material sounds more confident than before. The peppery "Something at My Feet" and the funky "Got to Hold Out" could have could straight outta Motown, Sun Studio, or Muscle Shoals 50 years ago. Things groove on the rendition of Allan Toussaint's "Yes We Can Can." The harp sounds hot on the swingin' original "Good Conversation," too. (

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