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      December 26, 2019

      Thursday   7:30 PM

      515-B N. McDonough Street
      Decatur, Georgia 30030

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      Davin McCoy

      PAIN, SUFFERING, AND LOSSthree elements baked deeply into the fabric of love, or rather, a true love lost. These are the things of which the greatest artists of all time have feasted, in through their uniquely experienced and engineered pores, and out to the world aprs time served within the walls of the artists hearts and minds. Such are the autobiographical, painstaking roads traveled by Davin McCoys eloquently crafted, individually wrapped soulful pieces of art, his songs, tied together, so ever tightly, by a grief stricken fueled common thread, by cigarette stained fingers avec a not yet finished quarter left high ball. A personal compilation of emotions wrapped with and by a heart-wrenching bow known as McCoys sophomore effort Whiskey Sexy.Recalls McCoy, I called up [label head] Adam Blank, and said, Ive been on the floor for two weeks with a bottle of whiskey and a guitar, and Ive written a whole new recordif you want to do this, tell me right now, and Adam didnt hesitate. He said Lets do it.'Enter veteran producer Don McCollister. After 20-plus years producing hits for artists like Shawn Mullins, Third Day and Sister Hazel, the studio veteran admits hed lost his passion for making records. In fact, hed stopped entirely until the prospect of working with McCoy singlehandedly brought him out of retirement. Davins voice is so compelling, McCollister says. As soon as he opens his mouth in front of a microphone, everybody stops to listen. Working on this record with him really rekindled my fire.Together, they recorded Whiskey Sexy in just two weeks, powering through a series of inspired sessions using Brendan OBriens state-of-the-art gear at Third Days studio, The Quarry, just outside of Atlanta.We were always on the same page, and we completely committed ourselves to the process, McCoy says. I basically slept at the studio for two weeks straightDon and I both did, and we had some amazing players rally around us. It seemed like everybody knew we were making the record. There was a buzz about the projectall these great Atlanta musicians were dropping by to hang out. There was a pool table and a bar in the studio. Ryan Newell from Sister Hazel would be shooting pool, and wed be like, Hey, man, you hear something? Why dont you go in there and lay down a guitar part?'Whiskey Sexy also features Grant Reynolds (of Ed Rolands Sweet Tea Project), Marty Kearns (Shawn Mullins, Drivin N Cryin, Anthony David), Davins live band and about a half-dozen others. But more than all the prime guest spots, its McCoys inspired voice and unmistakable songcraft that tie the record together as it meanders from blue-eyed soul to country, classic pop to blues and rock & roll. Its a sound rooted deeply in the artists childhood.On irreverent pop-culture sendup, Movie Stars and Drama Queens, McCoy sings, God made a monster to shoulder the blame / He gets the glory, we take the shame / I ate the apple, but you made the tree / So you go to hell and leave heaven for me. You can hear his unique blend of childhood influences come to fruition on Whiskey Sexy, as he turns his clever wordplay inside out with his impassioned delivery. And hes equally adept at taking a simple line and wringing every ounce of feeling from it. Nowhere is this better exemplified than in his stirring, incendiary delivery on the outro of pensive, lovelorn ballad Cest La Vie.For a fleeting hour, Whiskey Sexy fingers the jagged grains of life and love, expectation and disillusionment, anger and anguish, andfinallytranscendence through music. Turning real heartbreak into song can validate the whole experience, McCoy says. It can take all that negative energy and do something productive with it. And not just for the artist, for the listener, too.

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