Kings And Associates review…November 1, 2017….

KINGS AND ASSOCIATES

TALES OF A RICH GIRL

BIG WING RECORDS

TRUTH BE TOLD–TALES OF A RICH GIRL–DEADWOOD–NITTY GRITTY–PEACE X PEACE–PABLA’S GRACE–EVERGREEN–ALL THAT’S GOOD–CHARLIE B–DOD BLESS MAMMA–TALES OF A RICH MAN (LIVE AND ACOUSTIC)–1000 WAYS

In just three short years, Kings And Associates have become one of the most exciting blues bands from waaaay down under in Adelaide, Australia.  Fueled by the fiery vocals of Angie Portolesi and the guitar and vocal stylings of Benjamin Cunningham, they have just released their second album, “Tales Of A Rich Girl.”  It was done both in Los Angeles and here in Nashville, meaning the band had logged some 34000 miles in the eight months it took to complete the set!

The wait and effort were well worth it, tho.  These twelve bluesy cuts deal with love, loss, and how we all cope with the results, even tho they are not always what we expect.

The leadoff cut comes at you like a Sunday-morning Baptist revival, with Louie Higuera’s organ testifyin’ loud and proud over our duet vocalists as they sing an ode to a lost friend, “Truth Be Told,” where, daily we write the stories we’ll eventually leave behind.  The title cut is presented in two versions.  First up is the all-electric, slide-infused “Tales Of A Rich Girl,” where Angie proclaims herself a “rich girl for the things I ain’t got, and that’s you,” after giving a no-good lover the boot.  It is re-worked a bit later from the male point of view, this time with Benjamin on vocal in a live, acoustic setting.  Both play the part of the inseparable lovers on the achingly-soulful “Nitty Gritty,” and again on the set-closer, a “prayer to smilin’ eyes,” “1000 Ways.”

We had several favorites.  Another fine bit of testifyin’ comes from Angie, who asks the congregation of us blues lovers to “Pray For Me,” when she’s at her nadir, with Benjamin coming in mid-song to usher in the song’s brilliant climax.  The band show their philanthropic scope with their tireless efforts to raise awareness for the global problem of child sex slavery, and, like an “Evergreen,” which “grows stronger every day<” is a shout-out to all those affected by this heinous crime against nature.  And, two ;lovers who have “been there, done that” with each other now has Benjamin feeling like “this old town that never changes” with “Deadwood.”  Geo Hethcote’s harp is a welcomed addition, too,  giving this cutting-edge tune that extra bite!

They’ve played historic Printers Alley here in town at Bourbon Street Blues And Boogie Bar, and they’ve made the semifinals at the IBC’s.  The sky’s the limit for Australia’s finest, Kings And Associates, and “Tales Of A Rich Girl!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: