The Monday Night Blues series continues March 8 with Debbie Davis at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., from 7 to 10 p.m. Admission is $10.

Davis and her band are having a good winter: their latest album, “Holding Court,” has been riding high on the National Roots Radio Charts (blues); and she is among the Blues Music Awards nominees for Traditional Blues Female Artist. First, though, she will bring her stuff back to the Midcoast, where she has a crowd of loyal fans.

Growing up a female guitar player in Los Angeles in the 1960s meant acoustic only, but Davis pursued her electric dream with the passion of an artist and the soul of a rebel. She cut her teeth playing in blues and rock ‘n’ roll bands in the San Francisco Bay area before returning to Los Angeles in 1984, where she landed the lead guitar spot in Maggie Mayall and the Cadillacs, an all-female band led by wife of British blues pioneer John Mayall. In 1988 she was recruited by Albert Collins to join the Icebreakers, and for the next three years she was a featured guitarist performing behind one of the most innovative bluesmen of all time.

In the summer of 1991, Davis became lead guitarist for Fingers Taylor and the Ladyfingers Revue, which served as opening act for Jimmy Buffett’s “Outpost” tour. In September 1993 she came out with her debut solo release, “Picture This”; she since has produced nine solo recordings and two collaborative CDs, one with guitarists Tab Benoit and Kenny Neal; and another with guitarists Anson Funderburgh and Otis Grand. The roster of other artists who have joined her in the studio on her recordings reads like a who’s who of the blues.

Next up in the weekly series are Sue Foley and Peter Karp, March 15, $15; JP Blues Band, March 22, $10; and Tommy Keys Band, March 29, $10. For more information about Monday Night Blues, send e-mail to series producer Paul Benjamin at bluesman@midcoast.com.

 

VillageSoup Art/Entertainment Editor Dagney Ernest can be reached at 207-594-4401 or by e-mail to dernest@villagesoup.com.