Sari Schorr review…October 6, 2016…

SARI SCHORR

A FORCE OF NATURE

MANHATON RECORDS  HATMAN 2044

AIN’T GOT NO MONEY–AUNT HAZEL–DAMN THE REASON–CAT AND MOUSE–BLACK BETTY–WORK NO MORE–DEMOLITION MAN–OKLAHOMA–LETTING GO–KISS ME–STOP! IN THE NAME OF LOVE–ORDINARY LIFE

Sari Schorr met legendary producer Mike Vernon (Fleetwood Mac, Peter Green, Clapton, and so many more you can’t count  ’em all!) while in Memphis in January, 2015, during the KBA’s.  He heard that voice, and came out of his semi-retirement for the chance to produce her.  The results are astounding, as Sari’s debut, “A Force Of Nature,” contains twelve cuts, most of them written or co-written by Sari.  Also, with recording done in Spain, she was able to utilize some dazzling local musicians as the backing band.

Sari is no stranger to the blues limelight.  She’s worked with Joe Louis Walker and Popa Chubby, and is a member of the New York Blues Hall Of Fame.  It is little wonder, then, that Mike wanted to work with her!

Leading off is the tough-girl anthem, “Ain’t Got No Money,” as she asks a lover if a life alone is worth chasing riches.  Oli Brown adds guitar to a tale of a woman facing love at the Crossroads, but, “Damn The Reasons I don’t understand, I’m in love with you!”  And, a woman who “ain’t ready for a Tom and Jerry life” is the subject of the ultra-funky “Cat And Mouse.”

Sari re-imagines Leadbelly’s “Black Betty” into a showcase for her siren-scream vocals set over a pounding beat, with a field-holler backing chorus!  The set closes on a somber note, as a pondering Sari comes to grips with loneliness, being “grateful for this Ordinary Life,” set over brush-stroked drums and Julian Maeso’s lilting piano.

We had two favorites.  Walter Trout is on guitar as SAri sings one of his originals dealing with the finality of death, “she don’t have to Work No More!”  And, Sari plays to the hilt a woman who knows what she wants and “won’t kiss and tell,” gettin’ good lovin’ from her “Demolition Man!”

Sari Schorr is a hugely-talented and deeply passionate singer who makes you feel every note of emotion she conjures up in each song.  Yep, Mike Vernon has truly unleashed a “Force Of Nature” on the blues world!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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