Lizanne Knott review…March 14, 2016….

LIZANNE KNOTT

EXCELLENT DAY

COME FOR THE KILL–WHY YOU WANNA BREAK MY HEART–GOODBYE–IT AIN’T NECESSARILY SO–RAINBOW CROW–TENNESSEE–NOT THIS TIME–LAY MY BURDEN DOWN–STOLEN CAR–SOMEDAY LOVE–SOMETIMES–EXCELLENT DAY

One cannot help but be drawn in by the enticing, smoky-sultry vocal style of Lizanne Knott.  A true world traveler, she has put her musical stamp not only here in Music City, but in Philly and over in the UK as well.  Her latest album, “Excellent Day,” has her delivering twelve originals dealing with love, loss, and redemption at the end of the day.

She begs the question, “what drives a cheating man” in “Why You Wanna Break My Heart?,” and defiantly takes a stand against another cruel lover, vowing “Not This Time” for any more of his transgressions.  It features excellent piano from John Conahan, and banjo from Glenn Barratt.

That buttery-smooth vocal breathes life into the Biblically-themed characters of “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” done with a cool Peggy Lee vibe.  The wistful “Tennessee” features Tom Hampton on pedal steel and dobro.  The upbeat positivity of “Someday Love” recalls that vintage Nashville “countrypolitan” sound, and she closes the set with a Meters-inspired, jazzy shot of New Orleans strut, warning us all, “don’t mess with my Excellent Day!”

We had two favorites, too.  That’s Steve Martin on banjo on the gospel sweetness of “goin’ home, Lord, and Lay My Burden Down.”  And, one of the most powerful break-up songs you’ll ever hear is Lizanne’s poignant “you’re mine no more, Goodbye.”  Adding to the ambience of this cut is muted trumpet from Josh Lawrence.

Lizanne Knott is quite a creative songwriter who can easily transport the listener into the world inhabited by her characters.  Add in her stellar vocal reads, and “Excellent Day” is a brilliant outing from a very talented lady!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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