Peach and the Almost Blues Band review…October 17, 2016…

PEACH AND THE

ALMOST BLUES BAND

A NIGHT IN COPENHAGEN

DB  616003

TONIGHT I’LL BE STAYING HERE WITH YOU–NEVER MAKE YOUR MOVE TOO SOON–LITTLE BY LITTLE–LOVE-ITIS–TELL ME YOU LOVE ME–COME UP AND SEE ME–SAME AS I’M OVER YOU–AIN’T GOT NO MONEY

Back in February, blueswoman Peach Reasoner journeyed to one of her favorite spots, the Cafe Bartof  over in Copenhagen, Denmark.  Now, at that time of the year, the weather is dark and cold.  But, Peach made sure the blues was sho’ nuff hot in that intimate venue.  She assembled a monster group of players affectionately dubbed the Almost Blues Band.  Peach rocked the vocals and guitar, with Michael Ronnow on second guitar, Helge Solberg on bass, Niclas Campagnol on drums, and special guest Ken Stange all over the keys.  The result was the blistering live album, “A Night In Copenhagen.”

Peach’s vocals are as rich and sweet as that proverbial honey in the rock, and she leads off with a playful read on Dylan’s “Tonight I’ll Be Staying Here With You.”  A cool, country-blues harp from Ken adds a special touch here as well.  The doctor “ain’t got no prescription to fit the description” when “Love-Itis” gets hold of you, and this one is embellished by Ken’s honky-tonk piano.  They hit on that winning groove again a bit later on with  “Come Up And See Me,” this time with Ken’s organ solo in the mix.  Peach closes the set with another hot blues-rocker, a feisty take on Frankie Miller’s “I Ain’t Got No Money, but I sure got a whole lotta love!”

Peach made our favorite an easy choice.  With that funky tale of  “Vegas,” “keno cards,” and “lost dogs that come up found,”  she really gets in the groove on B. B.’s “Never Make Your Move Too Soon!”

Aside from her singing, playing, composing, and producing skills, Peach Reasoner is ever the philanthropist.  Her fund-raising efforts thru the Los Angeles-area blues community has aided stem-cell research for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.  And, on “A Night In Copenhagen,” she and the Almost Blues Band certainly created a magical set!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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