Ward Davis NOT miss.
A recipe for a great live album involves some good stories, a killer tracklist, great vocals, and a bit of shit talk in between.
Ward Davis does that on his latest album, Live from an undisclosed location in Hays, Kansas.
“Yes. I did a live album in Hays, Kansas. The man tried to keep me down but he couldn’t. I broke out. Went on the lam. But I would get revenge. I blew over like a sandstorm Hays and took them for what they were worth. Muhahahaha.
I’m joking. These folks at Hays rolled out the red carpet like no one has ever done and whatever you take away from this record I can tell you we had a blast doing it.
It’s a raw, real-life performance and I’m excited to finally bring it out.”
He opens the show with a killer performance of “Papa and Mama.”
The perfect opening song. A murderous choice that fits seamlessly with the album’s branding. The inspiration for the old western “wanted” sign takes a modern twist to do justice to the criminal tune.
He tells a great story at the beginning of Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way? that sums up the pre-show rituals perfectly.
He also takes some time during this tune to thank the crowd.
“It’s really cool that I’m even doing this out here because… you know we don’t get played on the radio. And we won’t be played with stupid CMT either.”
As he continues, fans yell, “WE LOVE YOU!” from the crowd.
And would it really be a Ward Davis show if he didn’t play 15 Years in a 10 Year Town?
This song will always be a knockout for me.
Ward Davis is a top notch performer and songwriter. This performance is damn good and confirms every reason we’ve ever given why we love Ward Davis.
It’s a damn shame Ward Davis doesn’t get more recognition in the country music public than Ward Davis does IS country music. This album is a must listen.
“I’m not the devil”
“time to move on”
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