Niecie review…December 2, 2018…..

NIECIE

TROUBLE WITH A CAPITAL T

THANK GOD FOR FOOLS–MEMPHIS STOMP–TWO CAN PLAY THAT GAME–WAITING FOR THE NEXT SHOE TO DROP–TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY–SWEAT–TROUBLE WITH A CAPITAL T–BABY IT’S WORKING–RISE UP–LIGHTER SHADE OF BLUE–JUST THIS SIDE OF MEMPHIS

Niecie was born and raised in Detroit, and she’s been singin’ these blues throughout a career that spans some twenty years.  Her last album, “Wanted Woman,’ was produced by Allman Brothers alum Johnny Neel, and it was such a success, they decided “let’s do it again” for the follow-up, this time layin’ down “Trouble With A Capital T.”  Over the course of these eleven cuts, all her varied influences are on display, but, at least for us, we detected a strong, soulful Memphis vibe.

Over the last twenty years, you KNOW Niecie has seen her share of stuff to inspire a good blues song.  The set kicks off with the tale of a late-night tryst, “Thank God For Fools,” teaching us “the kind of things you don’t learn in school!”  A stone-cool shuffle finds our girl calling out a lover “doin’ the dirty deed with every girl in town,” but, “Two Can Play That Game.”  She easily segues’ into “torch mode” for the minor-key slow burn of “Waiting For The Other Shoe To Drop,” with a too-good-to-be-true lover.  This one served as one of our favorites.

Our remaining favorites all had that funky-good, Southern-soul-by-way-of-Memphis groove.  Check out the dance floor burner that is the title cut, where Niecie proudly proclaims, “I put the Wild in the Wild Wild West!”  “Memphis Stomp” channels Rufus Thomas with a new dance step down on Beale, fueled by hot horns and some strong Jimmy Nolen-inspired staccato guitar licks.   She closes the party with another blast of call-and-response funk, as she’s lookin’ for that elusive lover “Just This Side Off Memphis!”

Niecie is a dynamite vocalist who easily blends her blues with a heavy dose of fun as she brings the heat for her fans.  Guess that’s why she’s sho’ nuff “Trouble With A Capital T!”  Until next time…Sheryl and don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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