Michele D’Amour review….July 12, 2017….

MICHELE D’AMOUR AND THE LOVE DEALERS

LOST NIGHTS AT THE LEOPARD LOUNGE

NO GOOD–TROUBLE–LEOPARD LOUNGE–MOVE ON DOWN THE LINE–LOST MY MOJO–ALL I DO IS WORK–WHEN THE BLUES CO,ME CALLING–I DIDN’T KNOW–BLUE AS BLUE CAN GET–WHAT THE CAT DRAGGED IN–LAST MAN STANDING–BLACK CAT BOOGIE

Based out of Seattle, WA, Michele D’Amour and her band, The Love Dealers, have just released a stellar mix of twelve band  originals that cover a wide array of varying shades of blues.  “Lost Nights At The Leopard Lounge” has elements of Chicago blues, sophisticated jazz-tinged blues, boogie-woogie, and even some Southern-styled blues-rock.

Michele has a soul-packed voice that can belt out a blueser or wrap itself around a ballad.  She’s joined by those Love Dealers–Patrick McDanel on bass and trombone, Ryan Higgins on guitar and trumpet, and drummers Ronnie Bishop and Rick Bowen.

The festivities get off to a kick-@@@ start with a shufflin’ uptempo boogie about a lover who should have been born “with a pair of horns,” and is sho’ nuff “No Good.” Funky bass lines and Ryan’s wah-wah action drives the story of knowin’ when to hold and when to fold when a love goes bad, “Move On Down The Line.”  Things take a jazzy turn with the tale of a woman who’s “Blue As Blue Can Get,” but Michele offers up a shot of redemption by encouraging us all to, “When The Blues Come Calling,”  “be sure to invite them in and ask them to play,” for “it’s not the end of the world.”

We had three favorites, too.  The set closes with a song that had its origins as a children’s song, but soon became a crowd favorite, as the “tail” of a house full of six black cats is the rockin’ good time of “Black Cat Boogie.”  Michele takes a look at trying to get one’s groove back with “Lost My Mojo,” and finds the best cure is to go see the neighborhood Hoodoo Man!”  And, the title cut is based on stories of places the band has played in or been exposed to, and “down at the Leopard Lounge, anything is for sale.”

Michele D’Amour And The Love Dealers have played festival stages all over the Northwest, and they keep the good times rollin’ with the fine grooves you can only find at the “Lost Nights At The Leopard Lounge!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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