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Thursday, January 5, 2017

FWG Records artist: Cee Cee James - Stripped Down & Surrendered - New Release review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Stripped Down & Surrendered from Cee Cee James and it's a funky, bluesy pop mix. Opening with title track, Stripped Down & Surrendered, Cee Cee James takes it back to the delta with acoustic guitar and rudimentary percussion under her own vocals. A cool electric guitar adds bite and a modern touch. Nicely glazed by a steel bodied resonator guitar, The Edge Is Where I Stopped has a nice melody and warm vocals with minimal snare work. Another track with tasty slide work is Hidden and Buried. A cool rhythm, backing work like vocals and keyboard make this one of my favorite tracks on the release. Slow, San Francisco style blues, Love Done Left Home, looks at a more contemporary form of blues with James stretching a bit more on vocals and nice guitar work highlighting the track. Cold Hard Gun is bluesy but restrained with a nice blues guitar vamp and nice vocal harmonies. Another track with San Francisco traces is Thank You For Never Loving Me with particularly expressive vocals and intimate guitar riffs. Another of my favorites on the release is You're My Man with an almost Willie Dixon swagger. Wrapping the release is So Grateful, stripped back to resonator and vocal. A nice conclusion to a solid release.

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