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Friday, November 1, 2013

Butter On My Rolls - Sheba The Mississippi Queen - New Release Review

I just received the newest release, Butter On My Rolls, from Sheba The Mississippi Queen. Opening with the screaming hot Dance Jump and Shout, Sheba leads the way and Warren "Roach" Thompson rips riff after riff in front of George "Chocolate" Perry and Michael "The Dog" Gauthier on horns. On soul fused Real Good Woman, Sheba kicks it back for one of the coolest tracks on the release. Vocal pacing and rich backing instrumentation make this a hard track to beat. Thompson again stands tall on guitar playing with nice clear tone. Another soul track, Can't Help Lovin' My Man, captures the feel of some of the great singers of the 50's and vocal backing adds a lot to the feel of classic soul. The swinging Oh So Good has that perfect tempo (and I can see Stilladog riffin off with his ear piercing whistle) and the band is complimented by Chuck Juntzman on slide...ouch! On Blues Of My Soul, Sheba keeps it simple with spoken story and slide acoustic (resonator). This is a nicely authentic delta style blues and another of my favorites on the release. Butter On My Rolls has a classic blues sound and again, Roach steps up with some tasty guitar riffs to compliment Sheba's fine vocals. The horn arrangements are super and Michael "The Dog" Gauthier adds some clean key work on the track for spice. Tell Me Why is a funky blues number again opening with nice riffs from Thompson. Sheba has a great feel and the horns really puch this track up a lot giving it a special feel. Ms. Good And Plenty is a cool shuffle track with Perry on drums and Dog on keys really leading the way. Again the horns nicely compliment Sheba's sassy vocal styling and Roach steps up with great fretwork. The release is wrapped with Good Good Lovin', a grinding soul blues track. I notice a number of times throughout that Thompson gets that glistening round tone that I loved so much by JG Watson. Very cool ending to a real cool release.

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