Davey O.‘s musical chops has been reviewed for a 3rd time by Rootstime of Belgium. His current project “Testing For Rust” debuted on FOLK DJ Radio Charts at #20, made the Top Sellers on CD Baby, hit the Airplay Direct Charts Top 50, and is still holding Top 20 on the Roots Music Report (RMR) at #19 for State of NY.
This 6th release from Buffalo, NY based songwriter Davey O. defies the simple description of a “collection of eight songs”. Each song represents a moving and emotional tale – from the wide-eyed girl who leaves her lover to chase an unfulfilled dream, the human nature of questioning one’s faith as the waters rise to sweep away homes and loved ones, or Davey’s own late father passing his work ethic on through his strong but time weathered hands – stories fully realized through artful yet subtle arrangements married to evocative, image laden and often metaphorical lyrics. On “Testing For Rust”, Davey continues to explore the truths and trials of the human experience that bind us all.
“”Rootstime” colleague and critic (RON) reviewed the two previous releases by Davey O. – the 2005 EP “thirtyninedollarview ” and “The Long Way Home”, released in 2009. The latest and sixth CD from this Buffalo, New York born singer-songwriter called “Testing For Rust” has now landed on my desk for listening and review.
Eight original songs were given a place on this new CD with one bonus track – “I Sleep Well When It Rains”, recorded live in Cleveland, Ohio. Davey O. sings love songs which bring forth the emotional aspect repeatedly reflected in his songs. His hoarse, vibrating voice lends itself perfectly to these intimate songs.
An initial highlight on this album for me is the folk blues song “No Money Down” and the laid back “Carnival” which is presented in an easy listening style. The heart of any listener can only weaken upon hearing Joe Rozler on accordion on “The Miner’s Waltz”.
His story about flood-affected families who have lost their homes and loved ones in the song “High Water Days” can leave anyone emotional. The emotive song “I Once Knew” with an excellent job on fiddle by Maggie Zindle connects in a quality manner.
The video in this review presents this artist for 14 minutes live at work with some songs from his extensive repertoire. “Testing For Rust” is a perfect record by Davey O. and it certainly will not be his last, for stories and writing songs is in his blood and because he did so in such a fine way, may he long continue to do so.”