“Crescent City vocalist and ukulelist, Debbie Davis, tackles a range of classics on her second solo release, finding common ground between Great American Songbook standards and iconic 20th-century rock tunes by Led Zeppelin, The Velvet Underground and the The Kinks. Her tone in lucid and bright throughout, even as she mixes hushed restraint with an athletic workout on “Skylark”. When Davis strips down “D’yer Maker” to the lilting essentials it shares the ’50’s-era pop, she wraps coyly phrased lyrics around McMurray’s rocksteady-infused fretwork. On the soulful “I Wanna Be Like You”... Downbeat Magazine Read more"Debbie Davis stands out in the crowd of vocalists like a bird-of-paradise in a roomful of parakeets. Her voice is a magnificent, near-operatic instrument and her theatrical instincts are the stuff of Broadway musical-level performance.
When she takes the stage at Three Muses or d.b.a., one hand cocked saucily on her waist, the other brandishing a cocktail glass, she holds court with the authority of a Peggy Lee. Linger Til Dawn is only her second solo effort and the first with her dedicated band, which supports her like a fancy bustier... - Offbeat Magazine Read more
"Davis has a big, lush and wryly sultry voice, infused with intelligence and wit; the well-rehearsed Mesmerizers are a perfect setting for that gem. After logging so many dozens of hours as a live ensemble, they work together like surefooted dance partners, making the musical twirls and dips look easy... Every cut is surefooted, but none sounds overworked. It's there as well that Davis' skill and sensibility as an interpreter comes in. The baker's dozen songs that the Mesmerizers chose for the album split the difference between American songbook classics, vintage jazz and soul, but also arrangements of less-expected rock and pop. Those kinds of choices and what's done with them, for a jazz vocalist, are what separate the true songbirds from the parrots. Davis, spanning a hundred years of pop music, does so ably and with a sharp understanding of the bones of a song." - New Orleans Times Picayune Read more