Kara Grainger review…June 1, 2018….

KARA GRAINGER

LIVING WITH YOUR GHOST

STATION HOUSE RECORDS   SHR 0101

LIVING WITH YOUR GHOST–WORKING MY WAY BACK HOME–MAN WITH SOUL–NOWHERE TO BE FOUND–YOU’RE IN NEW ORLEANS–GROOVE TRAIN–REASON TO MY VERSE–BROKEN RECORD–FAVORITE SIN–NOBODY BUT YOU–LOVE WILL GET YOU THROUGH THE DOOR–FREEDOM SONG

Kara Grainger is another world-traveling blueswoman, spreading the good word of the blues everywhere she goes.  From her beginnings in the town of Balmain, Sydney, Austrlia, she and her slide guitar have brought joy to fans as far away as Japan, India, Germany, the UK, here in the USA, and many other places.  Last year, she headed to Austin to write the songs that now comprise her latest set for Station House Records, “Living With Your Ghost.” While in Austin, she connected with fellow guitarist Anders Osborne, who served as co-producer, and who adds guitar and vocals, with Ivan Neville on keys.

Leading off is Kara’s poignant story of “Living With Your Ghost,” and a lifetime of regret, when that one special love gets away, never to return.  She lets that incredible slide guitar do the talking in a story full of “sweet temptation,” offered those who spend their careers on the road, bringing joy to others, and now our heroine is “Working My Way Back Home!”

You can put on your dancin’ shoes, too, and “let your body roam,” when you get on board the “Groove Train,” which features the Texas Horns and Kara layin’ down some mean wah-wah.  And, a tune that encourages peace and unity urges us all to use that love to ensure entering into Heaven, where “Love Will Get You Through The Door.”

We had two favorites, too.   A pounding beat and Kara’s guitar lines are used to describe a lover who’s the literal “smoking gun” and her “Favorite Sin!”  Anders Osborne adds guitar and duet vocals on the breezy, light-hearted look at just how laid-back things are in The Big Easy, “You’re In New Orleans!”

Kara Grainger is a beautifully-talented artist who is woefully-under-recorded.  However, this sweet set, “Living With Your Ghost,” is a fine remedy for now.  Blues sister, please hurry back into the studio, ok?  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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