AT SLIDEAWAY STUDIO
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO–BABY IT’S YOU–YOU DON’T REALIZE–IT’S GONNA WORK OUT FINE–TRYING TO FIND MY BABY–HE CALLED ME BABY–DO YOUR THING–YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE
As one listens to Kelly Z (Zirbes) sing, you are immediately taken in by a woman with the vocal power of Ann Wilson, coupled with the soulfulness of Sharon Jones and Bonnie Bramlett. She sho’ nuff brings the heat to the eight fun(k)-filled covers that comprise “Rescue.” This one was produced by Chuck Kavooras at his SlideAway Studio, and she strikes an even balance of dance-floor favorites with smoldering ballads made popular by some of the most famous names in blues and R & B. A full horn section gives everything a good-time feel, with Kelly’s voice at the forefront.
The set kicks off burnin’ hi-test gas, with the funk of Kelly’s read of the Godfather Of Soul’s “What Do I Have To Do to prove my love to you?” Next up, the first thing you hear is that unmistakable riff that kicks off the Shirelles’ “Baby, It’s You,” with Kelly’s vocal staying true to the original. Guitar man Perry Robertson is the Ike to Kelly’s Tina on the loping groove of lovers in love, “I Think It’s Gonna Work Out Fine,” while she sets up a smoky, smoldering groove on one of Harlan Howard’s best, “He Called Me Baby, baby all night long,” The set closes on a funky-to-the-max note, with a scalding take on former Louisiana Gov. Jimmie Davis’ immortal “You Are My Sunshine,” with this one reminding us of that deep-soul feeling Brother Ray achieved with his version.
We had two favorites, too. The horn section, over Kelly’s passionate vocal, makes Mike Bloomfield’s “You Don’t Realize,” sound like a long-lost gem from Otis Redding. Producer Kavooras also adds slide to the pulsating beat of a tune that has a psychedelic, rump-shaking Sixties feel, Kelly’s blistering read of Annie Mae Bullock’s “Trying To Find My Mind,” recalling her Acid Queen performance from “Tommy.”
These cuts were recorded in 2011, but never really completed. When Kelly approached Chuck about doing a new project, they both agreed these cuts were too good not to be heard. So,fans like us are the real winners, as they dutifully came to the “Rescue” of these scintillating grooves! Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.