Sunny Crownover review October 10, 2012…

SUNNY CROWNOVER

RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW

SHINING STONE RECORDS  SSCD 0001

OH YES I WILL–ONE WOMAN MAN–LOVE ME RIGHT–RIGHT HERE RIGHT NOW–ROLL ME DADDY–COOK IN YOUR KITCHEN–WARNED–I MIGHT JUST CHANGE MY MIND–HI-HEELS AND HOME COOKIN–TRUST YOUR LOVER–CAN’T LET GO

 

On her previous albums with Duke Robillard, Sunny Crownover adjusted her vocal style to fit the vintage pop and jazz sounds that the material called for.  For her debut solo effort, she has returned to her blues-based R &B  roots with a dynamic and powerful “statement” album entitled “Right Here, Right Now.”  Duke is again a presence on this one, as producer and guitarist, and he heads up the world-class band that backs Sunny on these eleven cuts.

 

In picking the songs for this project, Duke sought advice from his many musician friends in the various social networks.  Several of them are from New England-based writers, as well as some very clever collaborations with Nashville’s own Gary Nicholson.  The leadoff cut finds Sunny in Stax-era Carla Thomas mode in “Oh Yes I Will,” as a strong, independent woman who doesn’t want to be told “what I can or can’t do,” then she segues’ into another “tough chick” cut, where she’s looking for respect from a “One Woman Man.”  She rocks the house on “Cook In My Kitchen,” featuring piano from Bruce Bears, and “Love Me Right,” with harp from Sugar Ray Norcia.  Duke’s swampy guitar and more harp from Sugar Ray over Sunny’s sultry vocal gives “Roll Me Daddy” an Excello vibe, while the horn section gets a workout on the Al Basile-penned “I Just Might Change My Mind.”

 

Our favorite was easy.  One of the Gary Nicholson tunes is a slyly-naughty look at the proper ways to please a man, entitled “Hi-Heels And Home Cookin.”  With barrelhouse piano and clarinet, it’s done up in a Dixieland or ragtime style, and Sunny’s perfect touch-of-sass vocals adds to its authenticity.

 

Sunny Crownover has scored a big hit with this one.  She spent some of her formative years in the flourishing blues scene in Austin, TX, and she revisits those times in her vocal stylings on “Right Here, Right Now,” and gets two big thumbs up from us!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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