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Footloose Tunes: A review of Barefoot Davis’ CD

By David SchmidtIt’s not often that sailors also make their marks as musicians, but Caribbean local Davis Murray has achieved this feat with the release of his pre-release demo CD, Barefoot Davis (ISW Records). The album, which Murray self-describes as “country Caribbean” has obvious influences including Bob Marley and Jimmy Buffet, but with plenty of originality and true
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By David Schmidt

It’s not often that sailors also make their marks as musicians, but Caribbean local Davis Murray has achieved this feat with the release of his pre-release demo CD, Barefoot Davis (ISW Records). The album, which Murray self-describes as “country Caribbean” has obvious influences including Bob Marley and Jimmy Buffet, but with plenty of originality and true sailor saltiness (read: soaked with rum and sunshine) that gives the album an authentic feel. Murray’s lyrics, while mostly upbeat and jovial, also reveal some of the lesser-known truths about island living. Plenty of steel drums, guitar riffs – country western, R&B, and reggae – and good vibes lace the four-track release. While the disc may not destined for the Top 10 list at major radio stations, this debut album makes a nice addition to any boat’s musical library or sailor’s iPod. Check out Murray’s website at www.barefootdavis.com.

It should also be noted that Murray himself is a serious offshore sailor, helping to run the yearly Caribbean 1500 rally, and having logged many offshore miles. Murray is also internationally respected as a preparer for ocean-racing boats.

Posted: October 18, 2007

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