Jessie Smith review…February 19, 2017….

JESSIE SMITH

LIKE THE SUN

JESSIESMITHMUSIC.COM

INTRO–LIGHTING UP THE WORLD–JUNKYARD GOD–PAY NO MIND–TROUBLE–HERE WITH YOU–SECRETS IN THE HOLLOW–LET ME COME HOME–IN THE MORNING–SITTING PRETTY–TAKE A CHANCE ON ME–BEEN IN THE STORM

Music City songstress Jessie Smith wants her fans to know that she is taking a darker approach to the dozen originals that comprise her latest album, “Like The Sun.”  Jessie finished college at Belmont here in Nashville, following a stint studying opera at Mercer, and her supple, rich voice takes this material all over the musical map, exploring classic soul, blues, Americana, and even a touch of gospel.

“In The Morning” covers Jessie’s outlook on life–“Like The Sun, I rise”–and she meets each challenge head-on  She wants us to join her in feeling the various emotions that run thru these cuts.  She wears her heart  on her sleeve on the piano-heavy ballad that is her ode to true love, “what I want is to be “Here With You.”  But, we learn quickly that nothing lasts forever, and, when it all goes south, she’s on her knees, begging to “Let Me Come Home–I got no more miles left in these worn-out shoes.”  She lets us all know that “you can’t run from Trouble–there ain’t no place that far,’ and addresses everyone’s skeletons in their closets, with the foreboding stomp of those “secrets that never stay Secrets In The Hollow.”

Our favorite was easy.  Everybody says the economy is robust, but try selling that to the folks who are still “just another face in the unemployment line,” the poignant, piano-and-slide-guitar-driven “Take A Chance On Me.

Jessie Smith uses her voice and the material in “Like The Sun” to lead us on a journey of the trials and tribulations of the human spirit.  She also knows that, if you persevere and stay true to yourself, you’ll find the light of redemption at the end of the tunnel!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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