Sheba review….November 1, 2013…

SHEBA

THE MISSISSIPPI QUEEN

BUTTER ON MY ROLLS

INDEPENDENT RELEASE

DANCE JUMP AND SHOUT–REAL GOOD WOMAN–BIG MAN–CAN’T HELP LOVIN’ MY MAN–OH SO GOOD–POURIN’ RAIN–BLUES OF MY SOUL–BUTTER ON MY ROLLS–TELL ME WHY–DON’T SAY GOODBYE–HEY GIRLFRIEND–MS GOOD-N-PLENTY–GOOD GOOD LOVIN

The great Koko Taylor once sang that “we gonna pitch a ball, down to the Union Hall” on the immortal “Wang Dang Doodle.”  On her latest release, Sheba (born Mary Booker) revisits those great juke joint and house rent party days on “Butter For My Rolls,” thirteen originals that’ll have you polishing up your dancing shoes, for sure.  Her backing band is tighter than a rib tip, too, and consists of Warren Thompson on guitar, Chuck Juntzman on slide guitar, Michael Gauthier on keys, and George Perrry on bass, drums, and horns.

Sheba has a huge voice that is tailor-made for singing the blues.  She honed her vocal abilities as a youngster, bringing water to the field hands in her native Sunflower, MS, and in the church.  She alludes to these childhood memories in her autobiography, “Blues Of My Soul,” sung over Chuck’s acoustic slide leads.

Over the rest of the set, Sheba is at her houserockin’ best, layin’ down an irresistible groove.  She implores everybody to “Dance Jump And Shout” in the opener, where we’re “gonna lock the doors and can’t nobody get out!”  “Oh So Good” has Sheba tellin’ everyone how her lover treats her while Chuck lays down some serious electric slide lines.  “Hey Girlfriend” finds Sheba calling out a competitor for her man’s affections, and features a downright freaky extended keyboard solo from Michael.

Sheba is easy on the ears with a ballad, too.  She tells the world that “I Can’t Help Lovin’ My Man,” then implores him to stay in the heart-rending “Don’t Say Goodbye.”

And, oh yeah, Sheba can bump and grind with the best of ’em, too.  “Real Good Woman” has her lookin’ for that one good man who’s not a cheatin’ dog.  The best is saved for last,  with the ever-so-naughty “Good Good Lovin.”

Sheba is in a really good place now, happy to be singing the blues.  So “tell everybody you know, there’ll be sawdust on the floor” as we party all nite long with “Butter On My Rolls!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

 

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One response to this post.

  1. Thank you so much Sheba the Mississippi Queen.

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