Shari Puorto Live review…August 1, 2018….

SHARI PUORTO

LIVE AT BOGIE’S

LITTLE LIGHTNING PRODUCTIONS

IT’S A DAMN SHAME–HOME OF THE BLUES–OUTTA MY MIND–GUILTY–SIX MONTHS SOBER–SUGAR DADDY–EVIDENCE–ALL I WANT IS YOU–MY OBSESSION–ALL ABOUT YOU–I’M TIRED–CAN’T FIND MY WAY HOME

Powerful Women In Contemporary Blues Week continues here in the Crow household.  Hot on the (high) heels of recent excellent sets from Kat Riggins, Whitney Shay, Karen Lawrence, and Vanessa Collier, (with Brigitte Purdy in the hopper), we bring forth another sexy Siren of song.  Shari Puorto may remind many fans of Bonnie Bramlett with her soulful, and sexy-playful delivery, and, altho her studio recordings easily stand on their own merits, it is her live shows where she is at her best.  Her latest set fulfills her dream of a live recording, with the scaldin’-hot “Live At Bogie’s,” in Westlake, CA.  This one has eight of Shari’s originals and four cool covers.  Along for this mighty sweet ride are her killer backing band, including John DePatie on guitars, Frank Scarpelli on bass, Mike Sauer on drums and backing vocals, and Jon Greathouse on keys and backing vocals.

This band cooks behind a great singer, and they blast off with one of Shari’s originals, where she tells a lover that “It’s A Damn Shame” he threw a good love away!  Another cool original finds our heroine surrounded by black cats, bad luck and trouble, and “seven rooms of gloom,” in “The Home Of The Blues, baby!”  She has a lotta fun calling out a cheatin’ lover on a cool read of Candi Staton’s “Evidence” of “some other woman in some old place!”  Then she switches gears to play the part of every man’s dream, vowing to please her “Sugar Daddy, when he gets wound up tight!”  She closes the set on a high note, as she and the band blast out a six-minute read of Winwood’s “Can’t Find My Way Home,” with stellar guitar from John.

We had two favorites, too.  A fine example of guitar-and-keys-driven blues-rock has our heroine boasting of “Six Months Sober from you!”  And, if you are a fan of Shari’s music, you know how much she loves SHOES!  Her playful, good-time original, “My Obsession,” deals with just that, including “thigh-high boots with zippers, just like the strippers wear,” and “those I’ll probably never wear!”  This one features some funky B-3 work from Jon Greathouse, too.

Shari Puorto continues to be a force in contemporary blues.  Enjoy this set in front of a raucous, ready-to-rumble crowd, “Live At Bogie’s!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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