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Thursday, August 22, 2019

Cheyenne James - Burn It Up - New Release Review

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release (October 30, 2019), Burn It Up, by Cheyenne James and she's a vocal powerhouse. Opening with classic blues track, Grits Ain't Groceries, James establishes a firm footing and pounds it out, backed by Rock Romano on bass, Dave Carter on guitar, Randy Wall on keys, and Jim Brady on drums. In Chicago, Muddy Waters style James rolls into Gypsy Mama with great energy and featuring Steve Krase on harp. I Didn't Know has a bit of two step country flavor with Krase on harp and with Eric Demmer on sax and Lamar Boulet on Trumpet and Flugelhorn. Wall's keyboard work stands tall on this track highlighting James' vocals. On Latin rhythmed track, Lay Me Down, Mark May adds some real nice guitar riffs, paired with Wall's piano work and Krase on harmonica making it one of my favorites on the release. Pouring on the soul, a cover of Ashford and Simpson's Let's Go Get Stoned has great presence. I think it is James' most essential vocal work on the release with full horns by Demmer and Boulet and clean riffs by Carter. Very nice. Van Morrison's ballad, Steal My Heart Away, has a real nice feel with slide work by Carter and solid vocals by James and a warm organ blanket making this the most likely radio track on the release. Wrapping the release is Willie Dixon's, You Know You Love Me Baby and it's cool walking bass line by Romano. This track just clicks with great bari sax work by Demmer on the bottom, great vocals by James and harmonica by Krase in the middle and guitar riffs by Carter and Boulet on trumpet on the top. Super closer. 

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