Laura Tate review…May 10, 2017….

LAURA TATE

LET’S JUST BE REAL

811 GOLD RECORDS

NOBODY GETS HURT–IF THAT AIN’T LOVE–HITTING ON NOTHING–CAN’T SAY NO–THE BOYS ARE BACK IN TOWN–STILL GOT THE BLUES–I’LL FIND SOMEONE WHO WILL–LET’S JUST BE REAL–I KNOW YOU LIE–I NEED A MAN–BIG TOP HAT–WILDEST DREAMS

Laura Tate has always been one of our favorite singers.  The Dallas-born-and-raised siren has spent time in New York, Los Angeles, and even here in Nashville, and those experiences make her right at home with a jazz number, a torch song, and even a kiss-off song.  You can hear elements of all these and more over the course of the eleven cuts that make up her latest set, “Let’s Just Be Real.”

A couple of would-be adulterers are the theme of the opening cut, the sultry story of what goes on “down at the corner of Disaster and Despair,” “just stay where you are and Nobody Gets Hurt.”  The horn-drenched, shimmery, summery “If That Ain’t Love,” is Laura’s proclamation of her feelings for a lover.  She revisits that classic Stax sound with the story of a long-gone lover, “if you can’t stay home with me, I’ll Find Someone Who Will.”

Laura Tate is a woman who’s not afraid to hold back to get what she wants.  Witness the title cut, where no games are allowed, this ain’t no Cinderella story, and, tonight, “Let’s Just Be Real.”  And, a torch-y, stop-time, slow-blues  has Laura coming right out and saying, “I need a special breed to fill my need–I Need A Man.”

That brings us to our favorite.  If you have the stones to do her wrong, be prepared to pay the price.  In one of the ultimate kiss-off  songs ever, Stephen Bruton’s “Big Top Hat,” Laura rides a jazzy, piano-heavy groove to tell her ex that “you can kiss my ass ’till my hat pops off, honey,” in a delicious act of defiance!

One cannot help but be captivated by the voice and talents of Laura Tate.  Easy on the ears (and on the eyes!), she begs in this set to “Let’s Just Be Real.”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

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