Katy Guillen And The Girls review…August 10, 2015…

KATY GUILLEN AND THE GIRLS

KATY GUILLEN AND THE GIRLS

SELF-RELEASED

DON’T GET BITTER–OLD BEST FRIEND–WOKE UP IN SPAIN–STALLING ON DREAMS–GABRIELA–THINK TWICE–QUIVER–IF YOU WERE GONE–DON’T TURN YOUR BACK–THE RACE–EARTH ANGEL

Katy Guillen hails from Kansas City, and is part of that city’s vibrant blues scene which includes Concord artist Danielle Nicole and a host of others.  Katy has been a student of the guitar since she was a small child, and is fluent in blues guitar and flamenco.  Blues fans are gonna fall in love with her sterling debut, “Katy Guillen And The Girls.”  Katy is on guitar and vocals, with Claire Adams on bass and backing vocals, and Stephanie Williams on drums.

The eleven originals that comprise this set are predominantly riff-heavy blues-rockers, with a bit of an “edge” to all of them.  Claire’s backing vocals also add depth to these already-powerful songs.  Leading off is the uptempo tale of coping with the ups and downs of relationships, “get better, Don’t Get Bitter.”  This theme is revisited with the story of “working on a new love,” and is entitled “Woke Up In Spain.”

Katy’s passion for Hendrix is evident in the growling lead lines of “what makes your heart pound/what makes you Quiver.”  The set closes with another fine bit of alternative-blues, “Earth Angel.”

Straight blues are well-represented, too.  A stone slab of funky-grooved blues is Katy’s word to a no-good lover, “Don’t Turn Your Back on a good thing.”  And, “Think Twice” is a playful romp with a highly-danceable groove,

Our favorite was easy.  “Stalling On Dreams” begins as a poignant reminder of memories of a faded love, which morphs into a strutting, funked-up climax.

Tom Ruf, if you read this, here is your next candidate for the “Girls With Guitars” tour.  “Katy Guillen And The Girls” is a sparkling debut from a young lady who has what it takes to strike big in contemporary blues!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

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