Miss Freddye review…November 26, 2017….

MISS FREDDYE

LADY OF THE BLUES

MFB 1001

MISS FREDDYE’S GONNA FIX YA–LUV YA BABY–LADY OF THE BLUES–DON’T APOLOGIZE, RECOGNIZE–HOME IMPROVEMENT–USE THE BACK DOOR–CHAIN BREAKER–DOORWAY TO THE BLUES–THESE ARE MY BLUES–FREIGHT TRAIN BLUES–A LOSING BATTLE

Miss Freddye is a fixture on the contemporary blues scene in and around Western and Central Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Eastern Ohio.  She’s so popular up in Steel City  that she’s known as Pittsburgh’s “Lady Of The Blues.”  She and her stellar backing band have just released her latest album under that same name, recorded at Kid Andersen’s Greaseland Studios up in San Jose, CA.

Miss Freddye, like many of the greats before her, started out as a teenager singing in church.  As you listen to her, you’ll hear all her influences, from Koko to Etta to Sarah Vaughn to Denise LaSalle and many more.  Her big voice is the star of  this set, and she has several special guests backing her.   Kid Andersen is on guitars, and she employs four killer harpmen–Aki Kumar, John Nemeth, Andy Santana, and Brandon G. “Dr. B” Bentz.  Most all the cuts were penned by the band members, too.

Check out the jazzy duets between Freddye and John Blues Boyd.  First up is “Luv Ya Baby,” and, a bit later, they return with the torchy tale of two lovers on the skids with “Don’t Apologize, Recognize.”  A cool, Fifties-inspired rocker with honkin’ sax finds Freddye lookin’ for her lover to “make things right tonight” with a little bit of “Home Improvement!”  Everybody gets in a rhumba-riffic groove on “Chain Breaker,” while our heroine “wonders what I’ve done right” on the harp-driven, Delta-styled “These Are My Blues”

We had two favorites, too.  Freddye tells a no-good lover who’s on the way out to “Use The Back Door–I don’t want my friends to see you leave!”  This one has that good Denise LaSalle vibe running thru it, too.  And, John Nemeth is on the harp as “Miss Freddye’s Gonna Fix Ya Up fine,” after a long, hard day at work!  You can’t deny the danceable, Excello-fied groove pumping over this one!

Miss Freddye shows off her incredible vocal talents on what might well serve as her autobiography.  “Lady Of The Blues”  is sho’ nuff a powerful bowl of musical soup for your soul!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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