Dee Miller Band review…January 5, 2019….

DEE MILLER BAND

LEOPARD PRINT DRESS

HOT AND SWEATY–STRONGEST WEAKNESS–TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT–LEOPARD PRINT DRESS–BACK IN THE SADDLE–LAST TWO DOLLARS–I SING THE BLUES–MIDNIGHT IN HARLEM–BLACK CAT BONE–STEPPIN

Dee Miller grew up in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her powerful singing voice drew her into the fold of several local-area bands, where she earned her nickname of “Duchess Of The Blues.”  Her tireless work within the Minnesota blues community also got her elected into the Minnesota Blues Hall Of Fame in 2018.

The Dee Miller Band has just released their third album, “Leopard Print Dress,” which features ten cuts of originals and covers all of which are full of the hi-octane,  soul-drenched R & B she’s been playing throughout her career.  Joining Dee on this excursion, we have Craig Clark on guitars and vocals, Eric Meyer on bass, Jesse Mueller on keys, and Mike DuBois on drums.

The dance floor’s gonna fill up fast, with the jump of the leadoff cut, “come on, baby, let’s get Hot And Sweaty!”  Craig turns up the wah-wah and Dee turns up the heat as she channels her funkiest Etta James in the story of giving up all her vices except for her lover, that one “Strongest Weakness.”  The pace slows, but the soulfulness stays strong on a beautiful, nearly-sanctified version of “Take It To The Limit,” while Craig takes the vocal turn on a smokin’ read of Johnnie Taylor’s iconic “Last Two Dollars!”

Favorites were everywhere, but we settled on two.  Mr. Mueller lets his left hand do the talkin’ over Dee’s vocal on the boogie-woogie romp of “Back In The Saddle,” then Dee and Craig playfully spar on the title cut, where “nothin’ says “COUGAR” like a Leopard Print Dress and high-heeled shoes!”

The holidays are over, and the IBC’s are on the horizon.  The Dee Miller Band will be there, reppin’ for the Minnesota Blues Society.  Go up to ’em and say hey, and that you read about ’em from us, and buy a copy of “Leopard Print Dress” from the “Duchess Of The Blues!”   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

 

 

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