Perry Desmond-Davies performed on the New England coffeehouse scene as a teenager, then after a hiatus to focus on family, signed up for an open-mike performance, and returned to her music roots, delivering her newest release, the full length studio album Sweet Ride, a blend of folk, blues, and bluegrass, with fourteen original songs that touch on universal themes like life, love and relationships.
Musically, this is a folksy singer/songwriter affair, although there are some tasty blues stylings mixed in to keep it interesting. Lyrically, Desmond-Davies plays working class hero on the album, her distinctive voice tying the words and music together with a vocal styling tone that shares the same origins as artists like Tom Waits and Pete Seeger-tender, lyric and melodic, touching those emotions we usually keep well-guarded.
There are songs about enjoying life in its simplicity, fighting a debilitating disease, letting go, starting over and finding a place that feels like home, all wonderfully woven with Desmond-Davies' rootsy melodies. There are no huge triumphs or epic tragedies in these stories, only the little victories and subtle defeats of everyday life.
That's what Desmond-Davies does best on this album-a songwriter telling stories about themes that we all can relate to. Truly a sweet ride, down to the last groove…or whatever the CD equivalent of a groove is!
SWEET RIDE (live)