Buoyant blistering blues Sheba The Mississippi Queen – This Is The Blues

Buoyant blistering blues Sheba The Mississippi Queen – THIS IS THE BLUES:  So you need some buoyant blistering blues to get your day started, right?  You need look no further, people… straight from Sheba Beck’s heart to your soul, this IS the blues – gut-wrenching, sweet sorrow and everything that makes the blues reach out to you.

Sheba got the highest marks I’ve ever given to a single when I reviewed her “I Wanna’ Know” earlier this year, and her new album soars even higher… she’s accompanied by The Bluesmen (Keith Caton – Guitars; Bill Story – Keyboards; Gary Pope – Bass Guitar and Ernesto Pierson – Drums), and they absolutely kick it loose on tunes like “No Good Ugly Man“… Bill’s organ on this tune will make DJ’s everywhere flock to this song for frequent inclusion on their playlists!

Charlie Hubel’s harmonica on the closer, “Beg Borrow, and Steal“, will absolutely skyrocket this song to the top of the blues charts, and Sheba’s vocal is totally outta-site… you’ll be spinning this song over & over (& OVER) again, folks.

Shades of Booker T. & the M.G.’s greet your ears as you listen to Greg “Wolfman” Schleitwiler’s splendid organ on the 5:01 “Queen of Your Dream“… this is another track that will be getting constant airplay on stations around the globe!

You’ll (definitely) be “in the mood” as you listen to Sheba’s slow & soulful grind on “Ride Me Sweet and Slow“… I had no problem making this my personal choice for favorite of the dozen down & dirty blues Sheba and her players offer up… in fact, it was this song that also made me choose it for a permanent slot on my iPhone player (& that only happens for the very BEST albums).

The blues has always been the best way to “get on down”, and Sheba and her players do it RIGHT… that’s why she gets a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with a (perfect) “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 5.00… which means she also gets a “PICK” from me for “strongest blues album”.  Get more information on Sheba’s website, and on her Bongo Boy Records website.      You can also listen to all the songs on HEARNOW.                        Rotcod Zzaj

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Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf, editor, Contemporary Fusion Reviews
Dick Metcalf (aka Rotcod Zzaj) is a globe-hopping musician and poet who spent many years roving the world until he finally settled in his current abode, Lacey, Washington... just down the road from Seattle. He started IMPROVIJAZZATION NATION magazine in 1990 (still being published), and Contemporary Fusion Reviews magazine in 2016. He also was a keyboard player & singer for many years... you can hear (and download for free) many of those works at his "Internet Archive Collection". If you'd like to support our efforts and get something in return, there are also a few of these albums for sale on the Rotcod Zzaj BandCamp site"

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