Gracie Curran and the High Falutin band review…January 10, 2014…

GRACIE CURRAN AND THE HIGH FALUTIN BAND

PROOF OF LOVE

VIZZABLE MUSIC

EVEN WITH THE RAIN–TAKE YOU WITH ME–JACK AND MARYJANE–ROCK AND A HARD PLACE–CAN’T GETTA–TOLD ME SO–BEEN ALL OVER–WEIGHT OF HER WORLD–WITH FRIENDS LIKE THESE

2013 was a year-long wild ride for Gracie Curran And The High Falutin Band, indeed.  Their hometown of Boston, MA, voted them in at number 12 in that city’s Best Bands poll, and Alternate Root magazine had Gracie in their top 30 female vocalists.  Their debut album, “Proof Of Love,” was released in February, 2013, while they were competing in the IBC’s in Memphis, and the myriad of accolades has culminated in the band’s nomination for a Blues Music Award in the Best New Artist Debut category.

With a voice the caliber of Gracie’s, she’s bound to elicit comparisons to Etta James and Irma Thomas, and deservedly so.  Produced by Gracie and Richard Rosenblatt, these nine original cuts have a deeply-soulful groove that not only accommodates her outstanding vocal prowess, but the supporting cast as well.

She kicks off with some serious testifyin’, holding her head up thru the hardest of times, “Even With The Rain pourin’ down on me!”  That theme of a daily struggle just to keep your head above water is the story of “Can’t Getta,” with a highly-danceable groove.

We had several favorites, too.  Finding that one true love plays out in the soft, sexy ballad, “Take You With Me,” augmented by the Stax-like horn section. Gracie gets down and dirty with the story of lookin’ for love everywhere, “from Clarksdale to Tennessee,” entitled “Been All Over,” with a fiery solo from Tom Carroll and harp from Richard Rosenblatt.  And, sometimes no matter how hard you try, love still goes South.  when it does, Gracie finds it easy to give in to those universal painkillers, “Jack And MaryJane.’

The IBC’s have been the first step in successful careers in the blues for several artists, and Gracie Curran seems poised for a huge breakthrough.  Best of luck to Gracie and the High Falutin Band with “Proof Of Love” in the upcoming BMA’s!!  Until next time…  Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

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