Diane Durrett review…June 23, 2015…

DIANE DURRETT

SOUL SUGA AND DIANE DURRETT

BLOOMING TUNES MUSIC

SHOW UP SEXY–BUTTER’S IN THE SKILLET–ALL IS WELL–BE SOMEBODY’S ANGEL–PUSH THE PUSH BACK–LET GO AND LET GROOVE–SASSY LARUE–WOO HOO–I KNOW YOUR NOTHINGS–BRIGHT SIDE–LET IT BE

Diane Durrett is one of those rare female singers that you’ll always remember as soon as you hear her for the first time.  She has just released her seventh set, on Blooming Tunes music, and entitled “Soul Suga.”  There are eleven cuts herein, which show a sexy, sultry, danceable side coupled with a softer, more vulnerable Diane, all of which is enhanced by her incredible pipes.  She has beaucoups of friends, too, most of whom contributed to this set in some way, including Yonrico Scott, Charlie Wooton, Randall Bramblett, and Tinsley Ellis, to name just a few.

Ladies, would you like to dance?  Then, don your highest stilettos and those slinky fishnet hose, you know, cut kinda low at the top and high at the bottom, so you’ll be sure to “Show Up Sexy,” because, as Diane will tell you, “you still got that fire way down below!”  When a woman really needs some “attention,” fellows be ready, and “don’t walk away when The Butter’s In The Skillet!”  This one’s set over a cool, midtempo, horn-driven, funk-filled groove.

Diane shows her compassionate side on several ballads, too.  Dealing with the pain of the loss of a loved one is laid bare in “All Is Well,” and she encourages us all to “Be Somebody’s Angel,” and spread some love, because “it don’t take wings to lift somebody’s spirits!”  The set closes with Randall’s piano and sax leading the way as Diane seeks comfort for us all in the words to “Let it Be.”

We had two favorites, too.  A righteous, Mardi Gras party groove drives the story of “Sassy Larue,” a great singer “right up there with Billie Holliday.”  And, you just gotta love the sexy, sly, double-entendres’ of “I got a little Woo Hoo in my hoo hoo,” which is well-lubed by the guitar stylings of guest Tinsley Ellis.

A member of the Atlanta Chapter of NARAS, the Grammy folks obviously know a good ‘un when they hear her.  You will, too, after you get a little taste of “Soul Suga” from Diane Durrett!   until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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