From The Shoals
Barbara Blue has the mantle of being the Reigning Queen Of Beale Street and on her new release nobody can doubt this....
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FROM THE SHOALS, Big Blue Records
Barbara Blue has the mantle of being the Reigning Queen Of Beale Street and on her new release nobody can doubt this. All different styles here, soul, blues R&B even Americana on these thirteen songs. As the title implies this is a homage to Muscle Shoals and it was recorded at in Northern Alabama there produced by Jim Gaines. She is backed by a superb band including drummer Bernard Purdie, David Hood on bass and Clayton Ivey on keyboards amongst others. The opener, The Shoals is an introduction to the music of this genre that grabs the listener by their soul. Nutthouse Blues is a slow blues number sung with gusto about the studio where the set was recorded, full of groove. Tell Mama is a horn section delight with great harmonies and rhythm. Jimmy Hughes’ Steal Aw to her vocal delivery. ay shows a tender side. Severed, leans towards a country feel on this well-crafted tune full of emotion. Curse Of Beauty is full of soul some dark vocals here. Lost Young Love is the highlight, a hauntingly beautiful ballad. Slide man is a romp of a tune showing her sassy side full of double entendres and slide guitar playing. Too Far continues the slow tempo, then bring on the funk with Nothing Lasts Forever. Never Stopped Loving You is another broken-hearted ballad. Then the band excels in the haunting ethereal gospel tune Song Of The River. Last tune is Trail Of Tears and this just captures the essence of the release with some great slide chords, a song about treatment of native Americans. A release to cherish, astounding.
COLIN CAMPBELL, Blues Matters!, United Kingdom
This album has been burning up the Roots Music Report blues and roots radio charts, the NACC charts and the international blues charts since its release!
1. The Shoals 3:20
2. Nutthouse Blues 7::10
3. Tell Mama 3:22
4. Steal Away 4:04
5. Severed 5:13
6. Curse of Beauty 4:43
7. Lost Young Love 4:40
8. Slide Man 3:15
9. Too Far 7:41
10. Nothing Last Forever 3:09
11. Never Stopped Loving You 5:12
12. Song Of The River 6:42
13. Trail Of Tears 6:25
I dedicate this recording with a full heart in loving memory of my number one fan, my beautiful Mother ….Rose ….. 1930-2021 Forever your D#1. Sending thanks and praise to God and the higher spirits of this world and beyond that helped enlighten and guide me and my most esteemed colleagues on this musical journey. It has been an honor and a pleasure to share this creative time with y’all. From the bottom of my heart… I profusely thank you for your kindness, knowledge, stories, talent and love shared. Also to ALL of my dear friends who helped me financially, strategically, emotionally etc… I could not have done this without y’all thank you for believing in me & loving me, I am forever grateful! Amen! XoX BB
The Line Up / Musicians Drums Bernard “Pretty” Purdie Bass David Hood B3 & Wurlitzer Clayton Ivey Piano Mark Narmore Guitar Will McFarlane Guitar Davor Hačić – Hutch Saxophone Brad Guin Trumpet Marc Franklin Vocals Barbara Blue Background vocals Kimberlie Helton & Hutch on Curse Of Beauty Background vocals on Song OF The River ~ Hutch, David Hood, Will McFarlane, Mark Narmore, Celia Purdie
Producer: Mr Jim Gaines Co Producer: Barbara Blue Executive Producers: Dr. Paul Kraisinger, Rose Krebs, Joellyn Sullivan, Barbara Blue, Donna & Smokey Ferrell, Nicolette Armstrong, Judy & Mark Scates Recorded at: Nutthouse Studios Sheffield AL Engineered by: Jimmy Nutt & Mr Jim Gaines Engineer Assistant Jonathan Moody Mastered by: L. Nix Mastering Drum Tech Justin Holder & Bessie Blue Studios, Stantonville TN Special thanks to “Pappa” Jack Martin for the loan of the Wha Wha pedal YOU ROCK!
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