Susan Williams And The Wright Groove review…March 17, 2019….

SUSAN WILLIAMS AND THE WRIGHT GROOVE BAND

IT’S ABOUT TIME

TELL ME YOU LOVE ME–I LOVE WHAT YOU DO–LOVING YOU FROM A DISTANCE–SHAME ON YOU–I’M SORRY–MEET ME IN THE MIDDLE–YOU’VE GOT ANOTHER THINK COMING–ONE WAY STREET–PLEASE COME BACK TO ME–KEEP MOVING ON–TOO LITTLE TOO LATE

Susan Williams And The Wright Groove Band have been together for three years now, as a part of the Chicago blues scene.  Chosen to participate in the 2018 IBC’s in Memphis, this, their debut CD, entitled “It’s About Time” was selected to compete in the 2019 Best-Self-Produced CD category.

Perhaps the coolest feature of this set is the band’s unique approach to their overall sound, incorporating two basses in the lineup!  Susan is the vocalist, and is on one bass, with Darryl Wright on lead bass, Rob Davis on drums, Mike Cruse on keys, and Mike Gallemore on guitar and backing vocals.

The IBC judges also love original material, and Susan and Mike Gallemore collaborated to write all eleven.  The material deals with “songs so close to love you can touch it,” but the love comes with a cost.  Witness the leadoff cut,, as our heroine is in a constant state of flux, with a “heart broken from words unspoken,” begging her lover to just “Tell Me You Love Me.”  Mike’s guitar break at the break is cool, too.  Mike’s rocked-up slide is prominent in one of our favorites, where Susan praises a good man in “I Love What You Do when you do what you do to me,” but falls right back into the trap of poor choices in the Fifties-sounding slow-blues of that man who’s shut her out, but she can’t let go, preferring “Loving You From A Distance” than saying goodbye.  This one features Susan’s sultry vocals and Mike Cruse’s acoustic piano in perfect tandem.

We had two other favorites, too.  “Meet Me In The Middle” has a sweet, stop-time groove over Susan’s vocal, bemoaning yet another selfish lover.  Susan’s crisp, clear singing voice really lends itself well to the more ballad-like songs, and “Please Come Back To Me”  hits home.  The guitar and piano hold things together, and Susan gives this one a good ole B. B. King-styled reading, telling the “stories only time can tell.”

Susan Williams And The Wright Groove Band lay down some fine and funky grooves on this set.  Sho’ nuff, “It’s About Time” they get some well-deserved props!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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