Candye Kane Featuring Laura Chavez review…June 25, 2013…

CANDYE KANE

FEATURING LAURA CHAVEZ

COMING OUT SWINGIN’

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COMING OUT SWINGIN–ROCK ME TO SLEEP–I’M THE REASON WHY YOU DRINK–WHEN TOMORROW COMES–RISE UP!–INVISIBLE WOMAN–YOU AIN’T ALL THAT–I WANTED YOU TO WWALK RIGHT THRU THAT DOOR–DARLING BABY–BARBED WIRE MOUTH–WHAT LOVE CAN DO–AU REVOIR Y’ALL–MARIJUANA BOOGIE

 

Candye Kane, aside from actually being “The Toughest Girl Alive” that we know of, has come a long way since her days of pinup and nude modeling as a teen mom growing up in East Los Angeles.  She’s a world-renowned blueswoman now, with a voice as big as they come and a heart to match.  And, there’s always been another side to her, the one that’s never been ashamed of who she is or where she came from, always “tellin’ it like it is.’  That’s the side that shows up on her latest album for Vizztone (and her twelfth overall), entitled “Coming Out Swingin.”  Alongside Candye’s mighty vocal powers is Laura Chavez, a thrilling guitarist who’s worked on Candye’s last two albums, as well as being her advocate during Candye’s recent surgeries and monthly injections that combat her rare form of neuroendocrine cancer.  These two lovely women of the blues wrote the originals on this set, and it is, indeed, an ultra-hip affair!

 

The set literally “comes out swingin” with the leadoff title cut, as Candye’s big voice blasts over the horn section and the tom-tom-toming drum beats (reminiscent of Benny Goodman’s “Sing Sing Sing!”) in this Big-Band raveup.  Candye openly admits “I’m The Reason Why You Drink” over Laura’s Chicago-blues style licks and Billy Watson’s muted harp.  Candye visits classic Stax and Motown soul with “Rise Up!,” “What Love Can Do,” and the positively uplifting “When Tomorrow Comes.’  Her autobiography is done up as a minor-key jab at society’s ideals and the pressures put upon women to be “thin or young or rich enough,” as Laura’s guitar cries over Candye’s pained vocals in “Invisible Woman.”   Both Candye and Laura channel their inner Wanda Jackson on the Fifties’-inspired “You Ain’t All That” and “Barbed Wire Mouth.”  The set closes with two vastly different cuts that really show the fun Candye had in making this album.  The Mardi Gras-themed “Au Revoir Y’All” is sung partly in French, while the buzzin’ “Marijuana Boogie” is done entirely en Espanol, no doubt a nod to Candye’s East L. A. days.  Laura swings like a woman possessed on both of these, and pianist Sue Palmer, herself a cancer survivor, pounds the 88’s into near submission.

 

You lookin’ for a good time?  Just roll back the rug, grab your baby, and spin “Coming Out Swingin”—it’s definitely Candye Kane’s most fun album yet!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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