Lisa Biales review…March 5, 2014…

LISA BIALES

BELLE OF THE BLUES

BIG SONG MUSIC  BSM2-2013

BELLE OF THE BLUES–SAD SAD SUNDAY–BAD THINGS–MASK–GRAVEYARD DEAD BLUES–BABY WON’T YOU PLEASE COME HOME–IN MY GIRLISH DAYS–PEACH PICKIN’ MAMA–BLACK AND WHITE BLUES–TROUBLE–BAD GIRL

Lisa Biales has been writing and playing good blues for over two decades, and came into her own in a big way with the release in 2012 of “Just Like Honey,” produced by E. G. Kight.  Her latest set again was produced by E. G. and, this time, Paul Hornsby, at Paul’s Muscadine Studio in Macon, GA.  It is entitled “Belle Of The Blues,” and has Lisa wrapping her golden voice around eleven songs that simply drip that Southern goodness that only Lisa and E. G. could create.

Joining Lisa are E. G. on guitar and harmony vocals, Paul Hornsby on keys, Southern rock icon Tommy Talton on guitars, Randall Bramblett on B-3,  and Bill Stewart on drums.  They kick things off with the story of “The Belle Of The Blues,” who “likes champagne in a cup” and “looks real cool in her high-heeled shoes,” with country-blues harp from Paul Bergeson.  And, she rocks out on “the Devil’s scared to death of me,” because “I’m Trouble with a capital T!”

Lisa also has a penchant for singing melancholy songs.  She feels the emotions involved, and wants to empathize with those to whom she is singing.  Two excellent examples of this are  her poignant take of a lover who has to leave for the week each Sunday, leading to many a “Sad Sad Sunday.”  And, another minor-key ode to the lovelorn has Lisa hiding her broken heart behind a “full glass” and her “Mask.”

She’s a big fan of strong, independent women such as Bessie Smith and Ann Rabson, and gives a soulful read of “Black And White Blues” in honor of Bessie,  then closes the set with the blues-rock bite of a song written by Rabson, E. G., and Tom Horner, the anthemic “Bad Girl.”

We had two favorites, too.  Tommy’s dobro sets the tone for the tale of a “simple woman” who won’t take any abuse from any man, promising to make him “Graveyard Dead” if he tries to talk to her by hand!  And, Lisa and E. G. duet on a cool song from the Memphis Minnie catalog about coming-of-age, “In My Girlish Days.”

With her crystal-clear vocals, it is easy to see why Lisa Biales has been dubbed the “Belle Of The Blues.”  With excellent material and an A-list of backing players, this set is a “can’t miss!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow

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