Grady Champion review…September 14, 2016…

GRADY CHAMPION

ONE OF A KIND

MALACO RECORDS MCD 7549

BUMP AND GRIND–HEELS AND HIPS–HOUSE PARTY–LIFE SUPPORT–LEAVE HERE RUNNING–MOVE SOMETHING–ONE OF A KIND–STONE IN MY PATH–THIN LINE–WHAT A WOMAN–WHEN I’M GONE–GC BOOGIE

“The Champ” of good-ole down-home, house-party Mississippi blues, Grady Champion, is back in the game with a twelve-pack of grooves that will be a sure cure for whatever’s ailing you!  He’s sho’ nuff “One Of A Kind,” and these cuts capture and embody the soul and spirit of guys like Bobby Rush, Little Milton, and Arzell “Z. Z.” Hill. Grady is on vocals and harp, and the guitar crew is downright amazing—sharing the duties throughout are Eddie Cotton, Mr. Sipp, and, the ol’ “Stand Up In It” man himself, Theo Ealey, and Elvin Bishop on one cut.

That’s how the party starts–Grady gets his “Bump And Grind” on, “just the way Z Z did it back in 1984,” as a sweet tribute to the late Mr. Hill.  The line dancers and the booty poppers will love gettin’ down to “Heels And Hips,” and “Move Something,” while you can turn the lights down low and snuggle to “One Of A Kind.”

A cool cha-cha harp line drives Grady’s plea to a lover that “I’m on Life Support, baby–all I need is your love!”  The piano from Carroll McLaughlin is mighty tasty on this one, too!  Grady runs into some wishy-washy women on this collection, as well.  One of them is just a “Stone In My Path,” while the other continues to straddle that “Thin Line between love and hate–one day she will, next day she won’t!”  This one is set over a bittersweet, minor-key groove.

Favorites??  Lawd A’mighty yes!  Elvin’s Wolf-like slide helps Grady tell the slow-blues story of “What A Woman,” the kind that’ll make you call your own momma a liar!”  On the uptempo side, Theo’s guitar rocks “Leave Here Running,” as Grady sadly finds out that his girlfriend’s got a girlfriend, too!  And, you can sho’ nuff do the twerk between shots of Crown Royal on the stone git-down of the “House Party down at Etta Jean’s house from dusk ’til dawn!”

Grady Champion makes it easy to connect the traditions of Mississippi blues with the tastes of today’s fans.  That takes a “One Of A Kind” performer, indeed!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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