Etta Britt review….February 24, 2013…

ETTA BRITT

OUT OF THE SHADOWS

WRINKLED RECORDS  WR-1674

DOG WANTS IN–HIGH–THE CHOKIN KIND–LEAP OF FAITH (FEAT. DELBERT MCCLINTON)–IN THE TEARS–I BELIEVE–QUIET HOUSE–THE LONG HAUL–MAKE IT FAST–FALLIN’–THE BIGGER THE LOVE (THE HARDER THE FALL)–SHE’S EIGHTEEN

Locally, Etta Britt is known as one of our premier female vocalists, is one-third of the trio Kentucky Thunder, and who could fill up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the folks she has appeared as a backing vocalist.  For her debut, “Out Of The Shadows,” she utilizes her fantastic vocal talents on twelve cuts that include her own originals as well as cuts from some of the best writers in the biz.  It is produced by her husband, Bob Britt, who adds guitar throughout, and includes a stellar surrounding cast of backing musicians.

She gets things off on the good foot with a soulful look at the eternal pull of the yin and the yang in a relationship, “The Dog Wants In, and the cat wants out!”  The McCrary Sisters add a testifyin’ touch to a tale of striving “to make someone else’s life worthwhile,” entitled “I Believe,” and they show up again on one of the album’s highlights, Etta’s stirring read of Harlan Howard’s story of a “love that scares me to death,” “The Chokin’ Kind.”

All of these songs deal with everyday struggles to keep your head above water, both physically and emotionally, and Etta is at her goose-bump-inducing best when she lets her emotions come thru unchecked, and really hits you deep down in your soul.  Check out the sparsely-arranged, somber story of a woman who realizes, perhaps a little too late, that “the silence is deafening when you’re all alone in a Quiet House,” and the prayer-like “She’s Eighteen,” which closes the set.  Here, Etta seeks protection from a higher power for a daughter leaving the nest, and her vocal prowess is at its most heartfelt and sincere.

At a recent performance at Third And Lindsley, Etta told the crowd that the horn-driven “High” was her favorite, and we agree.  It’s the story of a lover who knows now that “I had to be stoned out of my mind to let you walk away.” And, we had one other–the irresistible, sprightly, “Leap Of Faith,” which is a duet with Delbert about two lovers itchin’ to get back in the game who have to learn to trust that first step!

With this set, Etta Britt is a sure bet to step “Out Of The Shadows” and into the spotlight in a big way!   Until next time….Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

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