Karen Lovely review…June 26, 2017….

KAREN LOVELY

FISH OUTTA WATER

SELF-RELEASED

FISH OUTTA WATER–UNDER THE MIDNIGHT SUN–TWIST MY FATE–WAKING UP THE DEAD–BIG BLACK CADILLAC–EVERYTHING MEANS NOTHING–HADES’ BRIDE (THERE WAS A TIME)–MOLOTOV COCKTAILS–NEXT TIME–NICE AND EASY–PUNK ROCK JOHNNY CASH–THE RIVER’S WIDE

Karen Lovely hails from the Pacific Northwest, and represented that region well with a second-place finish at the 2010 IBC’s in Memphis, which ultimately led to three Blues Award nominations in 2011.  She has just released her fourth album, “Fish Outta Water,” produced by Eric Corne, who wrote or co-wrote, along with Karen, the twelve cuts herein.

She leads off with the swampy grooves of the title cut, where she’s “nobody’s daughter/ain’t got to pass no test.”  This one has cool guitar courtesy of Rick “L. A. Holmes” Holmstrom, and a campy Farfisa from Skip Edwards.  Eric Corne is on the harp on a tune about choices in lovers, good or bad, and is “Twist My Fate.” And, to Karen, “Everything Means Nothing” when a love goes sour.  This one features dobro from Ben Rice.  Staying in the “love gone bad” vein, one of the set’s most uniquely-eclectic cuts rides a brooding groove as Karen realizes, in “Hades’ Bride,” that, once, “There Was A Time,” but that time has long since passed.  Eric Gorfain is on the fiddle, adding to the overall vibe of this one.

We had three favorites, too.  “Punk Rock Johnny Cash” indeed follows that chicka-chicka groove first laid down by Cash himself at Sun, as Karen weaves the poignant tale of a troubled street corner singer who ultimately turns his own hand.  “The Next Time” is a humorous look at today’s world thru the eyes of its Creator, vowing to have more love and less hate next time ’round.  And, “Waking Up The Dead” is a right-between-the-eyes shot at His Orangeness, as he’s sold us nothin’ but a pack of lies. proving that “hook, line, and sinker, we bought the con man’s game.”

As most of our readers know, we can’t resist a good play on words, but we are not going to call this a “Lovely” set.  Nope–Karen Lovely is sometimes biting, sometimes mysterious, even sometimes playful throughout “Fish Outta Water.”  She looks at life thru the eyes of a woman who’s never lost hope nor given up on herself, and she is a beautiful, passionate composer and performer.  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Hello Sheryl and Don – – I have recently released a new album of Blues, Folk and Americana called “Backwoods Glance”, and I am hoping you would be interested in reviewing it. You can check it out online at https://soundcloud.com/blind-lemon-pledge/ or, if you send me an address, I will be happy to mail you a copy.

    James Byfield / Blind Lemon Pledge

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  2. James…We would be happy to review your set. Our address is: Don and Sheryl Crow P O BOX 801 Dickson, TN 37056*0801 Look forward to hearing from you!

    Reply

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