Carolyn Gaines review…February 19, 2018….

CAROLYN GAINES

BEWARE OF MY DOG

POLKA DOT RECORDS

BEWARE OF MY DOG–I’M YOUR CAT, BABY–STONE OUT YOUR RAGGLY MIND–HOOCHIE COOCHIE WOMAN–DONE GOT OLD–I WANT YOUR MONEY, HONEY–MR. DILL PICKLE–JERRY RICE “BUSY MAN”–CHARLIE MAE AND CHICAGO–SOMETHING ON YOUR MIND

Soul-shoutin’ sister Carolyn Gaines has a strong musical lineage.  Dad was legendary blues guitarist Roy Gaines, and her uncle was Diana Ross’ sax man, Grady Gaines.  She’s a blues singer with a purpose, and a voice unlike anyone else.  She can growl like the Wolf and bring the sass like Denise LaSalle, but she is truly a unique individual.  Her latest for Polka Dot Records is “Beware Of My Dog,” eight originals and two covers of prime, soul-infused, down-home blues from a dynamite performer.

Leading off is the title cut, a rhumba-fied rocker, complete with “polka dot panties,” and a sax solo from legendary sax man Big Jay McNeely, who chimes in a bit later on the sexy strut of “I’m Your Cat, Baby.”  Carolyn is a fine student of past blues singers, too  She gets her Bessie Smith and Koko groove on, with the bold statement to a lover that “I Want Your Money, Honey, if you want my lovin!”  This one features some fine pickin’ from Fred Clark, too.   There’s a nice slab of Delta country blues with the sly-and-sexy “Mr. Dill Pickle,” with Glen Doll on the harp.

We had three favorites, too.  Take a lover who’s had a bit too much Crown Royal, toss in Carolyn’s cousin, Grady Gaines, Jr,, on sax, and you come up with the ultra-hip, “Stone Out Your Raggly Mind!”  She pays tribute to Monday Night Football , Joe Montana, and, most specifically, “Jerry Rice Busy Man, catchin’ a lot of those touchdowns!”  And, she re-works one of Muddy’s most famous  tunes for the 21ST Century, as she becomes the “Hoochie Coochie Woman, and everybody knows I’m her!”

Another great sax man, Louis Jordan, once said, “you only live but once, and when you’re dead, you’re done!”  When you put Carolyn Gaines and “Beware Of My Dog” in your player, you can sho’ nuff let the good times roll!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

One response to this post.

  1. From blues, blues author of title book: Blues!… Why Blues & Latin Music? Carolyn Gaines: Thanks for my Phathmon Rolls-Royce ‘Beware of My Dog’ CD review! Beware of My Dog review is beautiful, and well written about a Blues Singer whose been in the closet for 30 years, and now blues singer Carolyn Gaines is out of the closet cooking in her dream to be like my favorite singer Diana Ross! Thanks Sheryl and Don Crow!!! And the Nashville Blues Society!! Would love to appear in Nashville to sing the Blues! From a legendary Roy Gaines daughter and the nice of Grady Gaines: blues singer Carolyn Gaines! who just radio Charted with with Grammy Winner Buno Mars and Bernard Allison! Much welcome and again Thanks a $400, 000, and 27 cent to Sheryl and Don for the Blues review a price of my dream cars 7 Phathmon Rolls-Royce!!! Just like Grammy Winner Buddy Guy would say, ‘ It I got to go now! carolyngaines.hearnow.com

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