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Monday, October 19, 2020

Blue Empress Records artist: Fiona Boyes - Blues In My Heart - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Blues In My Heart, from Fiona Boyes and it's very good. A remaster of her first solo release from 2000 this is just releases by Reference Recordings and a tight mix. Opening with original track, Blues In My Heart, Boyes on acoustic guitar and vocal shows real finesse, a strong voice and clean execution. On Leadbelly's, Pig Meat, Boyes lets loose on it with much less controlled vocals and really fans the guitar with hot clean runs. Very nice. One of my favorite tracks on the release is ballad, Have Faith, with it's sensitive melody and quiet vocal and guitar blending. In Memphis Minnie style, Honey You Can Take My Man and joined by Kaz Dalla Rosa on harmonica, Paula Dowse on drums and Gina Woods on piano, Boyes really gets a swing on. Excellent! Boyes does a real nice job on Rev. Gary Davis' Mean Old World. Her guitar fingering, thumped accents and bluesy vocals really come together nicely on this one. Another particularly sensitive guitar work is JB Lenoir's Mercy. Boyes really works the guitar for every expression and in concert with her vocals produces another of the top tracks on the release. Wrapping the release is Hotel Room, a contemporary blues with a strong melody. Boyes really does have a strong voice and this last track is the radio track that can showcase it best with a real nice harmonica solo by Dalla Rosa. Solid closer for a solid release. 


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