Personalities | Gail Davies | New Country & The Neo-Traditionalists

(Vocals, songwriter, b. 1948)

Gail Davies initially played jazz, and then formed a duo with her brother, songwriter Ron Davies. After session work in Los Angeles, she moved to Nashville in the mid-1970s. Two breaks came in 1978: Ava Barber’s only US Top 20 country hit was Davies’ song ‘Bucket To The South’, and Davies released her eponymous debut album on the Lifesong label. Her plaintive songs brought her single hits on Warner Bros. (1979–84), including the autobiographical ‘Grandma’s Song’ (1982). After five years with RCA in the later 1980s, Davies, now working acoustically, launched her own Little Chickadee label in the 1990s. Her 2005 album, The Songwriter Sessions, featuring ‘Hometown Gossip’ (as covered by The Whites), underlined the talent of one of country’s true survivors.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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