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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce Release 'Live'
Available October 14th, 2014 on iTunes, CD Baby, and Amazon  
The third release from Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce, aptly titled Live, was recorded at a sold out performance at The Blackwell Hall in Kamloops, B.C. on October 11th, 2013. The recording highlights the powerful dynamics between bandleader Sabrina Weeks and her partner in life and music, guitarist Mike Hilliard. The core band consists of Bill White on rhythm guitar, Terry Strudwick on bass and Ed Hilliard on drums. The result is an astonishing capture of a memorable evening of music. Singing with enormous passion and expression, Weeks is sultry, smart and her humour is perfectly timed with the double-entendre one would expect in this set list of seven obscure and classic blues songs and five modern originals.

“We decided to record a live album because we wanted to capture both the vitality and excitement of the band performing at the top of it’s game and also to encapsulate the loving, supporting energy of our fans”, says Weeks. 

Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce’s first two recordings garnered plenty of attention for the band of seasoned performers. 2010’s Tales From Lenny’s Diner debuted at #1 in Canada, #12 globally on the Roots Music Report Blues charts, was featured on SiriusXM B.B. King’s Bluesville and earned the band the Maple Blues Award for New Artist of the Year. As with Tales From Lenny’s Diner, their sophomore recording, 2012’s Got My Eye On You was released to critical acclaim and extensive airplay throughout North America and was named one of the top ten best blues albums released in 2012 by the Blues Underground Network and was named runner up for a Blewzy Award.

Opening with a previously recorded original, the infectious “Bad Boys” (from Tales from Lenny's Diner) and moving right in to gritty swamp-blues of “Jimmy Dee”, “Slide Over Here” a ZZ Top style blues-rocker, “Roll It” another funky blues number, “Happy Home” is a straight ahead blues shuffle. The haunting first single from Live is “Tarantino” - quite possibly the only blues-based song written as a tribute to the influential producer and director Quentin Tarantino.

The five cover tracks on Live are eclectic and done in the way that only Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce can, including Randy Newman’s “You Can Leave Your Hat On” which  is a cross between the Joe Cocker and the Etta James versions. “Can’t Hear a Word You Say” a Leiber & Stoller song made popular by blues-belter Ruth Brown, the rarely heard “Strange” by Ike & Tina Turner, “Hound Dog”, a fitting tribute to Big Mama Thornton, and “Big Boss Man” which is a powerful funky version of the classic, but when Weeks sings “You ain’t so big, you just tall... that’s all”, it takes on a whole new meaning.

Rooted in authenticity and conviction Sabrina Weeks & Swing Cat Bounce have taken an approach to the blues with modern originals and delivery, while still paying homage to classic blues artists from the past.

RIYL: Etta James, Koko Taylor, Ella Fitzgerald, Powder Blues, Big Maybelle, Bonnie Raitt, Ruth Brown
Track List:
1.     Bad Boys (4:46)
2.     Jimmy Dee  (3:38)
3.     Slide Over Here (4:47)
4.     Roll It (5:02)
5.     Happy Home (4:50)
6.     You Can Leave Your Hat On (5:11)
7.     Strange (5:07)
8.     Tarantino  (4:07)
9.     I Can’t Hear A Word You Say (3:54)
10.  Hound Dog (3:30)
11.  Big Boss Man (4:43)
12.  Got My Eye On You (5:58)

“Sabrina's everywhere vocally...soft, sexy, sultry, powerful and commanding. This gal can sing!” - Peter “Blewzman” Lauro, Mary 4 Music 

“Sabrina Weeks and Mike Hilliard deliver the blues goods…”
Robert Bartosh, Roots Music Report

“Vocalist/front person, Weeks is a formidable vocal presence whose style is rooted in a past era that was dominated by jazzy big band sounds. She brings a certain verve associated with the days of ballrooms and sequins...” - Dean Gorden-Smith, Vernon Morning Star 



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