LET IN THE SUN
AZALEA CITY RECORDINGS ACCD 1602
IS IT TOO LATE FOR ME?–YOUR LOVE–SOUL SATISFIER–I WON’T LET YOU DOWN–OPEN A WINDOW, LET IN THE SUN–GOOD NEIGHBOR–RADIO SONG–AWESOME SAUCE–I HEAR A LIE—DON’T THINK TWICE, IT’S ALRIGHT–GOODBYE
Blues belle Patty Reese has won more “WAMMIES” than you can shake a stick at. That’s the acronym for Washington (D. C.) Area Music Awards from the Mid-Atlantic region from which she is based. Her latest set, “Let In The Sun,” shows why she’s also won national awards for songwriting, as this set features nine originals and two very well-played covers.
Patty has a sweetly-supple voice that easily glides over any genre’, and that is on full display herein. The set kicks off as Patty begs for salvation as “I lost my way, searching for a happy home,” and wonders, “Is It Too Late For Me?” This one has some mean and nasty slide from Jonathan Sloane, for that “hellhound on my trail” effect. The Texas-flavored soul swagger of “Your Love” compares that affection to “the Mardi Gras, and you’re my King Creole!” The title cut has Patty in a gospel groove, looking for “a better day that’s just begun,” so “Open A Window–Let In The Sun!” The set closes with a sultry take on the iconic “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright,” and a poignant read of Steve Earle’s “Goodbye,” with Patty on acoustic guitar.
We had two favorites, too. First up, Patty gets into that Mardi Gras groove with the second-line patter of “Awesome Sauce,” made from “an ancient recipe” with some “really good juju and the best of me and you!” Frankly, the whole damn country could use a double shot of this powerful stuff, to “neutralize hate!” And, the tale of the stuff that makes a “Good Neighbor” rocks with unabashed abandon, making for a sho’ nuff good time!
Patty Reese will be a part of Betsie Brown’s Blind Raccoon Showcase on Thursday, February 2, 2017, at 1:50 PM. It’s a safe bet that she will be singing cuts from the most excellent “Let In The Sun,” so catch her if you can! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.