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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Delta Groove Artists: The Blues Broads - New Release Review

Delta Groove has a mega release, The Blues Broads, hitting the streets on September 18, 2012. The package includes both a CD and DVD of Dorothy Morrison, Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli, and Annie Sampson live together in concert. I've watched the DVD a few times (it is a similar but slightly different grouping from the cd)and it is very well composed, performed and shot. The video opens with Livin' The Blues, a shuffle track led by powerhouse Nelson who also trades a lead with Strehli and backed by the others and band. Bring Me Your Love, a solid R&B track is sung by Simpson, the tracks composer. The voices blend extremely well as if they have been singing together all of their lives. Next up is River Deep/Mountain High, another R&B track and gets the crowd revved up. Walk Away finds Nelson back on lead vocal for a nice slow blues number. She demonstrates her solid vocal bass and range as well as true feeling for the blues. I want to mention the band who plays extremely well, and the overall mix of the recording which is very near natural presence. The band is Mike Emerson on keys, Paul revelli on drums, Steve Ehrmann on bass and on this track especially nice guitar work by Gary Vogenson. Strehli sings her own composition, Two Bit Texas Town which follows the rhythm pattern of Wang Dang Doodle. Cool track. Morrison, Nelson and Strehli sing a very crisp trio on Strehli's Blue Highway. The vocal blending is really solid. It's Won't Be Long ( a gospel style track) lets band member Deanna Bogart step forward and sing some lead as well as have a chance to be highlighted on keys. (Her presence is obvious on every track but is especially highlighted on this track). Sampson is back on lead for Dylan's It's All Over Now Baby Blue. Gotta mention, Sampson is solid on vocals but I also like her outfit ... a real standout. Bogart steps up with a really sweet sax solo on this track... a particularly hot addition. Spiritual, Mighty Love, is led off by Morrison and she really steps up and carries the weight on this track with the support of all of the Broads. Jesus, I'll Never Forget is done totally acapella with each leading a chorus and with the addition of Bogart. This is a particularly strong performance and the voices really blend well. The concert wraps with Edwin Hawkin's Oh Happy Day. It is lead by Morrison and again demonstrated the vocalists total capability to step back and blend perfectly. This is a terrific video / cd combination for fans of blues/R&B/Spiritual and just great solid singing.
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The below video is not an extract from the film. The quality does not touch the quality of the original performance but does capture the essence of the band.

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