Trudy Lynn review…November 16, 2016…

TRUDY LYNN

I’LL SING THE BLUES FOR YOU

CONNOR RAY MUSIC

ALRIGHT BABY–BLACK NIGHT–THRU CHASIN’ YOU–HONKY TONK SONG–WORLD OF TROUBLE–RAMBLIN’ BLUES–STILL MY ANGEL CHILD–IF IT’S NEWS TO YOU–KISSIN’ IN THE DARK–DOWN ON BENDED KNEE

The title of Houston-born Trudy Lynn’s twelfth album just happens to be the inscription on all her business cards, given to her by her daughter—“I’ll Sing The Blues For You.”  This one is a veritable gold mine of great blues, with Trudy’s interpretations of songs from Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Memphis Minnie, and Lowell Fulsom mixed in with a catchy, clever original.  The best description for these cuts might be something Koko Taylor used to say—“we’re going waaaay back in the alley” for this set of honest, real-deal blues.  With Trudy’s soulful growl at the fore, the backing corps consist of Steve Krase on harp, David Carter on guitar, Terry Dry on bass, Randy Wall on keys, and Matt Johnson on drums.

The killer instrumentation mixed with Trudy’s vocals give this whole affair a down-home, juke joint feel.  Trudy wanted to do material from artists she’d been inspired by over the course of her career, and she’s picked some good ‘uns.  You gotta love that call-and-response harp over her vocal on “Black Night,” and the Texas boogie-woogie of “Honky Tonk Song.”  Her original, a tale of a no-good lover gettin’ the boot, is a stone slice of funk, as he finds out “I’m Thru Chasin’ You–I’m replacin’ you!”  This one is destined to be a dance-floor burner, highlighted by Randy’s extended organ workout.

“Still My Angel Child” has a rhumba-rockin’ groove, and she closes out with a Johnny Copeland original, as Trudy begs forgiveness from a lover, “Down On Bended Knee.”

We had two favorites, too.  She and the band have a lot of fun with the playful bounce of “Kissin’ In The Dark.”  And, the leadoff cut sets the tone for the rest of the album, with the hi-octane, harp-driven blues of Trudy’s lover who’s “like a jockey–he really knows how to ride,” “Alright Baby!”

Trudy Lynn wants everyone to know that each song on “I’ll Sing The Blues For You” has a special meaning to her.  Whether it’s about good times or bad men, she can bring the heat with the best of ’em!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

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