Kathy And The Kilowatts review…February 13, 2017…

KATHY AND THE KILOWATTS

LET’S DO THIS THING!

LECTRO FINE RECORDS

LET’S DO THIS THING!–CALL ME MRS. BLUES–TALKING OUT OF MY HEAD–10 MOST WANTED–LOVE CAME KNOCKING–READ ‘EM AND WEEP–BEAUTIFUL MOMENTS–EACH KISS–ONE LIE LEADS TO ANOTHER–SPELL IT OUT—I WANT TO–EXCEPTION TO THE RULE–THESE LONELY HOURS–YOUR BARN DOOR’S OPEN–LOVEAHOLIC

Kathy Murray has been an integral part of the Austin music scene for four decades, sneaking into the Armadillo World Headquarters at sixteen, and later sharing the stage with all of the greats, from SRV, to the T’Birds and Doyle Bramhall, Sr., and a host of others.  Her vocal style may remind some folks of a cross between Wanda Jackson and “Miss Lou Ann” Barton, and Kathy, her husband, (guitarist Bill Jones), and the rest of The Kilowatts have just released fifteen originals entitled “Let’s Do This Thing!,” on Lectro Fine Records.

Over the course of this album, Kathy fulfills her stated purpose of creating blues songs in the styles that influenced her, which covers dang near everything, from blues, rock, Tex-Mex, swamp pop, country, zydeco, and much more.  And, by the way, you’ll be dancing your collective asses off all the way thru!!

The butt-rockin’ starts with the leadoff tale of a “good rockin’ daddy,” “Let’s Do This Thing!”  A cool horn section punches up the pledge of “love forever more” where “Each Kiss is better than the one before,” and sticks around for the “grammatically-correct” “Spell It Out!”

Kathy’s numerous influences make her a cinch with a torch song, too.  “Beautiful Moments In Time”and “These Lonely Hours would be my company” are excellent examples.  And, “10 Most Wanted” hits close to home for Kathy and her work with the Big Brothers/Big Sisters and the Seedlings Promise Program, to help keep an “unwanted child” from becoming “a wanted man.”

You can’t deny the good-time vibe, tho.  Check out the story of a woman with a problem—“every time I love, I lose, so  they “Call Me Mrs. Blues.”  But, she turns the tables on the poker-themed walkin’ lope of “Read  “Em And Weep–the king of hearts is in my hand!”

Kathy Murray And The Kilowatts are doing their level best to keep that strong Austin connection thriving, and “Let’s Do This Thing!” will draw you straight to the dance floor!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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