Kaye Bohler review…August 18, 2014…

KAYE BOHLER

HANDLE THE CURVES

INDEPENDENT RELEASE

DIGGIN ON MY MAN–THE WAY I DO BUSINESS–BUBBLE GUM–HANDLE THE CURVES–BACKBONE–PARTY TIME–SLAYED–IT’S THE BLUES–FAMILY IS FOUND–DON’T TAKE MY HOPE AWAY

You can’t help but fall in love with the powerfully-soulful voice that belongs to one of California’s finest ladies of the blues, Kaye Bohler.  Her fifth CD (and the second one that we have had the honor to review) is entitled “Handle The Curves,” ten originals that continue to show how Kaye’s supercharged talent continues to evolve.  On this set, which was produced by Grammy-award winner Pete Anderson (who also adds guitar throughout the set), Kaye fronts a full band with a killer horn section, with arrangements penned by “Tonight Show” alum Lee Thornburg.

Pete knew he had a dynamite soul singer in Kaye, and set her up with Stax-like production to take full advantage of her strengths.  On this set, there are excellent examples of vintage R & B and true soul, with a few cuts aimed squarely at the dance floor.

The set opens with Kaye struttin’ her stuff over a funky backbeat, tellin’ everyone “I’m Diggin’ On My Man, gettin’ all the lovin’ I can!” She proves her worth as a strong-willed, independent woman on anotther funky cut that shows she’s got some “Backbone” to get her over the hard times.  She reminds any potential lover with an agenda that “I don’t need nobody causin’ me strife, ’cause That’s The Way I Do Business, and the way I do life!”

The title cut recalls a woman who’s had some bumps along her road of life, and asks a lover to be sure before he gets in too deep that he can “Handle The Curves,” in this minor-key classic.

We were partial to the ones where Kaye lets her hair down.  After her workin’ day is done, it’s  “Party Time,” to “throw back a few!”  This one swings from start to finish.  And, Kaye gets her bump’n’grind on with the story of gettin’ away from all the bad news on TV and “gettin’ my healin’ from the blues,” on “It’s The Blues.”

She’ll rock you, she’ll roll you, she’ll love all over you and might even scold you, but you’re guaranteed to sho’ nuff enjoy Kaye Bohler and “Handle The Curves!”  Fans, Kaye is the real deal–they don’t call her the “white Tina Turner” for nothin’!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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