Lady A review…July 6, 2018…

LADY A

DOIN FINE

DOIN FINE–THE RIDE–NEXT TIME U C ME–TRYIN’ TO GET OVER–CHANGE THE WORLD–THAT MAN–CATCH ME ON THE LOW–THROW DOWN–ROOF OVA MY HEAD–GLAD TO KNOW YOU

Lady A has long been a fan favorite in the Pacific Northwest.  Staying busy on the festival circuit, this year will find her at the Winthrop Rhythm And Blues Festival, the Ruston Point Festival, and also as a part of the Top Dogs Of Soul, touring Sweden in November.  For now, this dazzling Lady Of The Blues is back and at the top of her game with “Doin’ Fine,” ten cuts that feature Lady A’s combination of blues, funk, soul, and gospel as only she can deliver.

The party starts with the raucous title cut, and a hard left to the jaw of the POTUS, where, “45’s tryin’ to kill us, turn us one against another,” knowing fully that the only true answer is to love your neighbor as you would love yourself.  The band sets up a swingin’, danceable groove for “Next Time U C Me, things won’t be the same,” while a mystical lover who manifests himself in a dream sequence is just “like bread and butter with a little jam,” “That Man!”  “Throw Down”is “funky all day long,” lettin’ us “party from dusk til’ dawn,” and is tailor-made for the dancers.  She closes the set with the jazz-flavored ode to all her fans and friends within the blues scene, “Glad To Know You.”

Our favorite was deep-down-in-your-soul, down-home blues at its finest.  You can hear the influences of singers such as Denise LaSalle and Little Milton as she takes a look at today’s troubled society with a sincere hope to make a difference, “Change The World.”  It has some serious gospel overtures and makes a powerful, positive statement.

Lady A will straight-up tell you that God has graced her with style, and urges us all to be blessed and pay it forward, and be a blessing to someone else.  If we do, we’ll all e “Doin’ Fine!”   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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