Trudy Lynn review…August 4, 2018….

TRUDY LYNN

BLUES KEEP KNOCKIN’

CONNOR RAY MUSIC  CRM 1803

BLUES AIN’T NOTHIN’–THAT’S ALRIGHT–BLUES KEEP KNOCKING–ONE MONKEY DON’T STOP NO SHOW–NEVER BEEN TO SPAIN–I SING THE BLUES–PITIFUL (FEAT. BOB LANZA)–WHEN I BEEN DRINKIN’–IT WON’T BE LONG–WOULD IT MAKE ANY DIFFERENCE TO YOU (FEAT. CAROLYN WONDERLAND)

Next up in our week-long series of fantastic femmes’ in contemporary blues, we give you Houston’s own Trudy Lynn.  Her latest set, and fourth overall for Connor Ray Music, is entitled “Blues Keep Knockin,” featuring her original title cut and a slew of soul-drenched, gospel-fired covers.  Joining her on this outstanding collection include David Carter on guitar, with guest guitar from Bob Lanza and Carolyn Wonderland, Steve Krase on the harp, Terry Dry on bass, and Matt Johnson on drums.

Produced by Rock Romano, things get underway with Steve blasting away on the harp over Trudy’s tale of “Blues Ain’t Nothin’ but a woman lovin’ a married man!”  Next is the funked-up arrangement of the Jimmy Rogers classic, “That’s Alright–every now and then I wonder, who’s lovin’ you tonite!”  A horn section led by Jim Brady and Dan Carpenter add spice to the good-time jive of “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show!”  Everybody gets into the loping stride of “I’ll Sing The Blues,” Trudy’s vocal becoming a testifyin’ testimonial to the power of the blues “late in the midnight!”  She closes the set with a poignant recollection of classic soul, as Steve blows a mournful harp over Trudy’s request of a lover, “if I went away, Would It Make Any Difference To You?”  This one is augmented by cool guitar from Carolyn Wonderland.

Every Trudy Lynn album has to have a great slow-burnin’ blueser, and “Pitiful” is it, and serves as our favorite.  Unable to break free from a no-good lover  she turns in another fiery vocal performance with a sweet stop-time chorus.  Bob Lanza guests on guitar here, too!

Trudy Lynn knows the “Blues Keep Knockin’ on my front door” for a good reason—she’s gotta keep spreadin’ the gospel of good times and bad men to all us fans!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

 

 

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