Gail Davies is one of the most important and influential singer-songwriters to have been involved in country music in the past 20 years. Today, we celebrate her 70th year of awesome existence.
A woman that made a difference
Gail Davies is an instrumental force in breaking the gender barrier in the country music. In the late 1970s, she became the first woman in the country music genre to produce her own recordings. And, in 1990, became the first female staff producer in Nashville. She earned a recognition for her distinct songwriting.
In addition to her accomplishments as a producer, Davies have been a strong supporter of the blending of country and rock genres in country music. This propaganda for change started in the 1990’s, several years before the alternative country movement. Also, she spearheaded the neo-traditionalist movement that emphasized the bluegrass instrumentation. Artists who gained their fame for this country music sub genre were Webb Pierce and Marty Robbins.
Last released album
Gail Davies’ cooled down to recording with her last released album, “Beyond The Realm Of Words.” Multi-instrumentalist Chris Scruggs produced the album. It is an exemplary recording with engineer Mark Nevers and a cast of world-renowned musicians. Moreover, three of the songs on this album were originally written for Gail’s band Wild Choir. These songs, however, remained unreleased until now.
For the record…
Gail Davies has received numerous honors throughout her career. These include a Grammy nomination and an IBMA Award for her duet with bluegrass patriarch Ralph Stanley. Americana Association honored Davies in 2002 for producing Caught In The Webb. It is A Tribute To Country Legend Webb Pierce featuring George Jones, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, Pam Tillis, Dwight Yoakam, Crystal Gayle, Charley Pride, Dale Watson, Allison Moorer, The Jordanaires, Billy Walker, Del McCoury and other great artists.
Once again, we extend our warmest greetings to a woman that sincerely embraced country music. Happy birthday, Gail Davies!