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Wednesday, June 10, 2020

True North Records artist: Crystal Shawanda - Church House Blues - New Release Review`

I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Church House Blues, from Crystal Shawanda and it's an interesting mix of pop, R&B and blues. Opening with title track, Church House Blues, Crystal Shawanda is upfront with her powerhouse voice with Louis Winfield on drums, Dave Roe on bass, Dewayne Strobel on guitar, Peter Keyes on keys, Dana Robbins and Miqui Guittierez on sax. Bluesy ballad, Evil Memory has a really nice feel with melodic guitar soloing and strong vocals by Shawanda. Blues rocker, Rather Be Alone has a real nice sway, emphasized by precisely placed guitar accents and warm organ. Hey Love has an early 60's rock rhythm and possibly the strongest track on the release with warm vocal backing by the McCrary Sisters, Angela Hurt, KG Green, and Quisha Wint. Bigger Than The Blues is definitely the radio track on the release with it's strong melody, solid vocal lead and concise guitar solo making it the ideal track. Wrapping the release is country blues flavored, New Orleans Is Sinking with an electric guitar vamp and wailing harmonica by Stephen Hanner under the chant like wailing of Shawanda. This is a cool closer for solid release. 

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