Sandy Carroll review…October 21, 2018…..

SANDY CARROLL

BLUES AND ANGELS

CATFOOD RECORDS   CFR 027

SOAK ME IN THE SPIRIT–BLUES ALL FOR MYSELF–SOMEBODY GOTTA DANCE–WRAPPED IN AN ANGEL–MAMA DON’T LIKE IT–LOVE IS A WONDERFUL THING–SLINGS AND ARROWS–HEADIN’ HOME–ROAD ANGELS–MOVIN’ ON–MISSISSIPPI ME

For her latest album for Catfood Records, singer/composer/keyboard whiz Sandy Carroll wanted to make a set that shows how the blues is not just “my baby done left me,” but, rather, how the blues can be used as a form of spiritual cleansing as well as a healing tool.  Produced by her iconic husband, Jim Gaines, “Blues And Angels” uses Sandy’s sultry vocal style to set the tone for this album.  She co-wrote all the cuts presented herein, with the likes of Johnny Rawls, William Lee Ellis, Trey Harding, and several others.

Things begin down by that legendary river, where our heroine desires to “wash my sins away,” and “get reborn again,” the gospel-infused “Soak Me In The Spirit,’ which also has Will MacFarlane on guitar.  Reba Russell and Daunielle Hill are the backing vocalists on the uplifting “Somebody Gotta Dance,” while Barbara Blue joins the backing chorus for a cool shout-out to female empowerment and the #MeToo movement, “Mama Don’t Like It!”

We had three favorites, too.  “Love Is A Wonderful Thing” is a sweet, midtempo groover co-written by Johnny Rawls, who is on the duet vocal here.  “Headin’ Home” is another gospel-themed cut, this one spreading the message to stay at the ready for the spiritual trip “all the way to Heaven’s door!”  Bernard Allison is all over the funky guitar lines, too.  Sandy closes the set with a powerful love song dedicated to her husband, featuring only Sandy’s vocal and piano.  Herein, she asks her lover to “bend me like a guitar string, kiss me like the Delta rain,” the ultra-passionate “Mississippi Me.”

With “Blues And Angels,” Sandy Carroll successfully shows how the power of her music can bring about a feeling of peace to those who are willing to allow her to take them away through its universal appeal!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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