|“These Things Shall Pass,” the tenth full-album release from MS-based musician Davis Coen, fulfills his long-standing goal of recording an entire spiritual-based album. The album nods to a wide range of classic song selections, spanning from time-tested traditional American hymns, such as ‘What A Friend We Have In Jesus’ and ‘Old Rugged Cross,’ to classic gospel radio cuts as Willie Banks and the Messengers’ ‘Working For Jesus,’ and the title cut, Stuart Hamblen’s ‘These Things Shall Pass,’ famously covered by country music legends Hank Snow and Johnny Cash. The album also has six original songs, including light-hearted duets ‘Saint Christopher’ and ‘Jesus’ Hand,’ with former Billy Joe Shaver’s guitarist Patrick McClary from Jackson, MS vocally accompanying Coen. It was recorded at Sand Dog Studios in Batesville, MS, and co-produced by the album’s drummer Ryan Rogers with Coen.Coen’s recordings are strongly rooted in blues, country and religious-based music. He characterizes his style as “contemporary country-blues” – a modern culmination of the hodgepodge of musical influences absorbed from living in the Mid-South and continual touring. He has played festivals, clubs, and bars throughout the U.S. for over twenty years and been billed repeatedly at world-renowned Mid-South regional events such as King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, AR and Juke Joint Festival in the Mississippi Delta. Davis has also enjoyed a dozen blues circuit tours of Europe, sharing bills with R.L. Burnside, Koko Taylor, Big Jack Johnson, David “Honeyboy” Edwards & Bo Diddley. He’s also headlined on more diversified festival bills with Wynton Marsalis, Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, Tito Puente, Toots & the Maytals, Richie Havens, Mountain & Eric Burdon.
Coen’s music has been featured in several TV broadcasts, including Martin Scorsese’s PBS special “The Blues;” reality cable show “Lizard Lick Towing;” and a documentary on the music of the late hill-country Mississippi blues matriarch Jessie Mae Hemphill, “Dare You To Do It Again.” Coen’s accomplishments have also included spotlights on NPR’s “Morning Edition” and “World Café” programs, Dan Aykroyd’s weekly “Elwood’s Bluesmobile” and a ten-year run on SiriusXM’s “Bluesville” channel.