ALEXIS P. SUTER BAND
ALL FOR LOVING YOU
AMERICAN SHOWPLACE MUSIC ASM 7006
TALK TO MYSELF–CAN’T FIND A REASON–ANOTHER PLACE AND TIME–ALL FOR LOVING YOU–LIVING IN A WORLD–FOOL FOR YOU–DON’T YA TELL–SO LONG CIRCUMSTANCE–EVERY SHUT EYE–LET IT BE
Alexis P. Suter and her band were always one of Levon Helm’s favorite groups, appearing regularly as a part of his legendary “Midnight Ramble” concerts, and they are one of our favorites as well. She’s got one of those powerhouse, gritty, baritone deliveries that’ll shake you right down to your soul, and her latest set for American Showplace Music, “All For Loving You,” checks in with ten soul-blues band originals and one outstanding cover. Joining Alexis, we have Jimmy Bennett on guitar, Peter Bennett on bass, Ray Grappone on drums, John Ginty on the keys, and backing vocals from Vicki Bell.
Want a little soul-rockin’ blues? Give a listen to the Faces-inspired story of a girl who’d rather just “Talk To Myself,” with Jimmy’s slide ridin’all over the groove here. He returns a little later to provide the sweet backdrop for Alexis’ whimsical, mystical portrait of a life journey recounting things she’d do, “All For Loving You.” John Ginty’s organ adds a nice touch to a Fifties-styled slow-blues tune, “Can’t Find A Reason for loving you.” He returns a little later to bring the sanctifyin’ and testifyin’ keyboard heat to Alexis’ soulful read of a tortured lover who realizes that “you may be fooling me, but I’m a Fool For You.”
“So Long” uses grungy, “Voodoo Chile”-like guitar to help Alexis convey her message of “gettin’ back home to you!” She closes the set on an incredible note, with a heartfelt and powerful performance of “Let It Be.”
We had two favorites, and they, frankly, rocked the house! The band gets its Chicago blues groove on as Alexis tells her lover, “if you don’t want my lovin’ then I’m Living In A World without you!” And, there’s nothin’ better than a good ole stop-time boogie, and Alexis is keepin’ a low profile wherever she goes, so “Don’t Ya Tell nobody you saw Big Mama here!”
Alexis P. Suter has been nominated for a Blues Music Award, in 2013 and 2015 for the Koko Taylor Vocalist of the Year and for the Soul/Blues Vocalist categories. “All For Loving You” captures the sound this band is famous for, and it is highly recommended listening! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.