FIONA BOYES - Blues Woman (2009)
Midwest Record Recap provocatively sested Australian singer/guitarist Fiona Boyes "sounds like Bonnie Raitt's evil twin," a comment as insightful as it was amusing. Boyes does, in fact, have a strong Raitt influence (with elements of Marcia Ball and Rory Block), but her approach is noticeably darker, swampier, and more mysterious than Raitt's. One of the great things about BLUES WOMAN is the fact that she is so hard to pin down stylistically. The Aussie is blues-oriented -- that much is clear -- but during the course of this album, she embraces everything from electric Chicago blues on the Howlin' Wolf-influenced "Howlin' at Your Door" to early R&B (of the late-'40s/early-'50s variety) on "Do You Feel Better?" to blues-soul on "Train to Hopesville" and "Waiting for Some Good News." Fiona Boyes is a one-woman blues tent revival. Her pulpit is the stage, which she commands with the energy of an entire flock of worshippers. And her Bible is the guitar. With her acoustic and electric virtuosity and mastery of styles, she uses it as a righteous instrument to uphold the music’s tradition, even as her strong, distinctive songwriting moves it forward.And Blues Woman, Boyes’ second album for Yellow Dog Records, is one mighty powerful sermon. Its 15 songs run a rollicking trip through the contemporary blues landscape — from Chicago to Texas to Mississippi’s hill country and the Delta, all evocatively conjured by Boyes’ and producer Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff’s true-to-the-bone arrangements.Recorded in Austin TX, with a full band including special guests Marcia Ball, Pinetop Perkins, and Watermelon Slim, Blues Woman manifests the soulful, authoritative style of this native Australian and three-time Blues Music Award nominee to full effect. - cduniverse.com
15 tracks, including 13 original songs - with a stellar band including Derek O'Brien on guitar, multi-BMA nominated drummer Jimi Bott and bassist Ronnie James Weber - with special guests Marcia Ball, Pinetop Perkins and Watermelon Slim! HERE (FlameU)
TRACKS: 01. Woman Ain't a Mule 02. Howlin' At Your Door 03. I Want To Go 04. Train to Hopesville 05. Look Out Love! 06. Got My Eye on You 07. Do You Feel Better? 08. The Barrelhouse Funeral 09. Place of Milk and Honey 10. Waiting for Some Good News 11. Precious Time 12. Fishin' Hole 13. City Born Country Gal 14. Juke Joint on Moses Lane 15. Old Time Ways
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