Regina Bonelli review…November 25, 2018….

REGINA BONELLI

LOVE LETTER

TRUE GROOVE RECORDS

DON’T YOU PUT YOUR HANDS ON ME–PLAYIN IN THE DIRT–NOTHING I CAN’T HANDLE–LOVE LETTER–STRAIGHTEN MY CROWN–A LITTLE RAIN MUST FALL–TALK IS CHEAP–PAINT IT BLACK–THE LADDER

Regina Bonelli is a native of Brooklyn NY, and is a member of the New York Blues Hall Of Fame.  She’s shared stages with Bobby Rush, Paul Simon, Ronnie Earl, and a host of others.  She has just released “Love Letter,” for True Groove Records, eight band originals and one unique cover that shows Regina’s affinity for writing songs built around experiences of everyday life.

Empowerment is the name of the game in the leadoff cut, as she “don’t want to judge nobody,” but, as far as abusers of women go, “Don’t You Put Your Hands On Me,” featuring Nick Rolfe on the testifyin’ B-3.  The guitar, washboard, and harp from James Dellatacoma and Rick Schreiner set up a country-blues groove for the tale of what happens when one is “Playin’ In The Dirt.”  One of our favorites featured Tomas Doncker on the wah-wah guitar as our heroine strikes a deep-soul groove on life’s trials and tribulations, “A Little Rain Must Fall.”  Our other favorite was the slow blues of the title cut.  “Love Letter” is a barbed goodbye to a no-good lover with a penchant for using our heroine for his own agenda, then “tossing that bone into the street!”  She exacts her revenge and cleanses her soul simultaneously thru the lyrics of this one.

Regina Bonelli’s intention for “Love Letter” was to offer healing thru the songs in this set for a troubled society.  Herein, she connects with our emotions, fears, and feelings, and encourages us to come along for the ride.  And, what a sweet ride it is!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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