Brigitte Purdy review…August 2, 2018….

BRIGITTE PURDY

STILL I RISE

DIRTSHACK RECORDS

HOODOO–BE THE LIGHT–HOME IS IN MY HEART–MY KINDA BLUES–LAST TIME–GET IT UNDERSTOOD–IF I COULD–LUCILLE DON’T YOU WEEP–BLUES ANGEL–STILL I RISE

In keeping with our week-long theme of captivating women in contemporary blues, we proudly bring Brigitte Purdy up to the mic.  Herself a graduate of the Dorothy Chandler Conservatory, Brigitte can do it all, y’all–she can whisper, she can scream, she can purr like a dream, and you get a taste of all her wares with her latest set, “Still I Rise,” for Dirtshack Records.

The good times roll with the leadoff story of our heroine, “holding on to my Rosary,” to ward off that “Hoodoo that you do!”  The hot harp on this one is courtesy of Louisiana legend Kenny Neal, too.  Chumps need not apply on “Get It Straight,” ’cause “I’m not your baby,” “not your sugar,” and, definitely “not your darlin,” for anybody who’s only “lookin’ for a one night stand!”  She follows that up, tho, with the high heel on the other foot, as a true gentleman, with that “somethin’ in your eyes,” has her testing, but yielding not to, temptation, in the breezy, soulful, “I would, If I Could,” but she stays true to her lover.  Her upper-register reaches are on display here, also.  She closes the set with the anthem of empowerment that is the title cut, featuring Drake Shining on keys, from Sugaray Rayford’s band.

We had several favorites.  “If you want my lovin,’ you better like My Kinda Blues” is an uptempo rocker made for the dancers, while Brigitte spreads a message of positivity for a troubled society, urging us all to “Be The Light you want others to see!”  Perhaps the set’s most unique cut is Brigitte’s shout-out to B. B.’s legendary Gibson, “Lucille Don’t You Weep,” for “the thrill will never be gone!”  Her vocals, as well as the backing chorus, give this one an ethereal, almost-spiritual quality.  Check out her YouTube video for this song and you’ll see what we mean.

Brigitte Purdy has crafted one of those sets that you wish was twice as long, because, like many things in life, as soon as it starts gettin’ real good to you, it ends.  She’s the whole package, tho, with passionate and captivating vocals, making “Still I Rise” a sparkling tour-de-force!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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