Davies enjoys Europeans' deeper understanding of songs

Friday, February 3, 2012, Vol. 36, No. 5
By Tim Ghianni

Gail Davies

Nashville-based singer-songwriter Gail Davies hit her commercial peak in America with the hit-filled 1979 album The Game and 1980’s I’ll Be There.

She kept on plugging, writing, producing and touring, though. And Europe remains regular stop.

“Americans like to talk, Europeans like to read,” she says, noting the writer in her flourishes before the literate Brit crowds. “When you are dealing with an English audience, they know when a song came out, where it went on the charts. I’ve always enjoyed working there.”

Opry and Brit star George Hamilton IV’s son, George V, 51, also notices that British audiences enjoy the words and the history of the songs.

“In England, I started noticing that people could explain what is going on” in a song.

The singer-songwriter has developed a strong following in England, which he has crisscrossed as a popular performer for local country music clubs.

“I went over to England in 1990 and did 13 tours between then and now,” he says, noting that there are enough country music clubs that he could find a place to play virtually every night.

George Hamilton V

“It’s an extremely warm reception. I love it. And it’s also fun to hang out with the people.”

He’s also worked on the continent, including a three-year stint at Disneyland Paris, where he has worked for Billy Bob’s Country Western Saloon and in Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Other ventures have taken him to Eastern Europe.

But he’s proud to be following a pathway carved by his pop, who has made England his own.

“George IV was one of the first American artists to go over there. I’m heavily inspired by my father,” George V says. “When I play over there and when George IV plays over there, we’re always hugely received.”

Davies also enjoys the English and European crowds, and the fact her age isn’t seen as a drawback over there.

“Europeans are less of a youth-conscious society. I can’t play a gig in America because they tell me I’m too old, but I’m singing better than I ever have in my life,” says Davies, 63.

While she doesn’t buy into the new, youthful wave of what she calls “pedophile country,” Davies says she’s content.

“I had my day in the sun,” she says.