2012 Blues Music Award Nomination!
“As for Davis, his guitar solos are always shot through with soul and heart.”
Frank-John Hadley, Downbeat Magazine, March 2013
“Passionate and fiery”, “melting hearts and invoking howls”, “incendiary instrumental showcase”, “for my money, this is the blues CD of early 2013...”
Mark S. Tucker, Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
“A Gulf Coast Chitlin’ Circuit show band that kicks ass…Traditional and standard without being cliché, this is the well placed kick in the ass you need when your ass is dragging and you need a real antidote to the blues. Check it out.”
Chris Spector, www.midwestrecord.com
“Davis presents a classic sound, big on horns as well as his own smokin’ leads, and abundant with solid originals and well‐chosen classics. Nice work.”
Duane Verh, Roots Music Report
"When he was leading his powerhouse Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, the late, great Houston bluesman Calvin Owens made any number of inspired hires that strengthened the aggregate and allowed him to realize his fertile musical vision. For nearly a decade guitarist Charles “CD” Davis was one of Owens’s stalwarts on the road and on some choice albums. When Owens passed away in February 2008, CD embarked on a solo career and used his experience with Owens to good advantage to craft a bigger blues with robust horn sections. 24 Hours Bluesis his first solo album, a DIY effort, featuring some Owens Blues Orchestra vets and a quartet of gifted singers taking turns on some Davis originals and a few blues/R&B standards." Deep Root Magazine
"Davis and the crew hit the big-blues-band mark with originals and a couple of classics. . . . it's full-on, soulfully arranged brass and guitar-driven songs such as 'That's How I Learned to Sing the Blues' and 'A Minor Thing,' sung by Donnay; 'Old-Fashioned Woman' with Jabo and Davis trading verses; and 'Still Got the Blues' and 'It's Tight Like That,' led by Lynn, that show the essence, the power and the pull of big-band blues. Here's to several more hours of Davis' blues."
As the guitarist for the legendary Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra, Charles “CD” Davis spent almost a decade performing and touring with the band, as well as appearing on several of Owens’ albums including The House is Burnin’, I Ain’t Gonna Be Yo’ Dog No Mo’, Houston is the Place to Be, The Calvin Owens Show, and others. He also appeared on the Johnny Bush/Willie Nelson albums that featured the Calvin Owens Blues Orchestra.
After Calvin’s death in February 2008, Charles began producing and recording his own projects. 24 Hour Blues features the guitarist along with vocalists Jabo – Texas Prince of Zydeco, Roberta Donnay, Rue Davis, and Trudy Lynn. Recorded at Sugarhill Recording Studios in Houston and produced by Charles, the album features CD’s original tunes and his new arrangements of a few blues standards."
Jim Beal - San Antonio Express-News
"Every once in a while in a long recording career, you run into an artist who is more than a client. Charles Davis is a great guitarist and that goes without saying. What is more important is that he is a great songwriter, spirit, and friend. I met him through my mentor and close friend, Calvin Owens. This first album of Charles' music is continuing the tradition that Calvin brought to the music of Houston, Texas. Big band blues with fiery guitar, sax solos, horn sections and a quartet of great singers make this album a must for any blues fan. You will enjoy the phenomenal vocal talents of Roberta Donnay, Trudy Lynn, Rue Davis, and Jabo - Texas Prince of Zydeco. This is only the beginning of a lot of great music you will hear from Charles Davis. Stay tuned for more to come; meanwhile, enjoy this album. It is great living room listening music and even better driving music. 'Keep big band blues alive.'" -- Andy Bradley, Chief Engineer, Sugarhill Recording Studios, Houston, Texas