Picks and Pans Review: Givin' Herself Away

updated 03/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 03/08/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

Gail Davies

With "crossover fever" running rampant through Nashville, it's refreshing to hear performers who will settle for pleasing country & Western lovers instead of the whole Western Hemisphere. Davies has a voice with the same homespun elegance as Emmylou Harris'. That's plenty, but there's more. She arranges and produces her own albums (this is her third) and can render a song smooth without making it slick. Highlights of this work are an affecting ballad called Hold On, two dandy originals by Gail (It's Amazing What a Little Love Can Do and All the Fire Is Gone) and an amazing rendition of Joni Mitchell's wonderful You Turn Me On (I'm a Radio). For her recording sessions she got together a stellar group of musicians, including Lee Sklar on bass, Albert Lee on guitar and Billy Payne on keyboards. That's givin' herself away with class.

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