Mary Lane review…May 20, 2019….

MARY LANE

TRAVELIN WOMAN

WOMEN OF THE BLUES RECORDS  WOB  001

TRAVELIN WOMAN–AIN’T GONNA CRY NO MORE–LEAVE THAT WINE ALONE–SOME PEOPLE SAY I’M CRAZY–RAINING IN MY HEART–LET ME INTO YOUR HEART–AIN’T NOBODY ELSE–BLUES GIVE ME A FEELING–BAD LUCK AND TROUBLE–MAKE UP YOUR MIND

Mary Lane is sho’ nuff one “Travelin’ Woman,” which also happens to be the title of her latest CD for Women Of The Blues Records.  She has certainly seen a lot during her lifetime, and sings the blues as deep and as down-home as anyone could ask for.  This set was produced by Jim Tullio, who composed the music to the ten original cuts herein, while Mary added the lyrics.

As a teen, Mary sang alongside Robert Nighthawk, and, later, in her uncle’s club in Brinkley, AR, she met Cotton, Junior Parker, and ol’ Chester Arthur Burnett, the Howlin’ Wolf himself.  She’s no stranger to recording, either, as, after moving to Chicago in ’61, she cut a single for Fred Young’s Friendly Five label.  Altho it did not make much of a splash, it did get her foot in the door for club gigs all over Chi-Town for several years.  Two decades ago, she cut her only previous CD, “Appointment With The Blues,” but “Travelin Woman” is poised to put her back in front of the blues pack.

Leading off is the slow groove of her autobiography, which serves as the album’s title cut.  It features sax from Terry Ogolini and the legendary Gene “Daddy G” Barge!  Hambone Cameron is on the 88’s and Eddie Shaw is on harp on the anthem of empowerment, “I Ain’t Gonna Cry No More!!”  It’s Chicago blues at its very finest as our heroine is “lyin’ here in my bedroom, just watchin’ your picture frame,” with “Some People Say I’m Crazy,” featuring Corky Siegel on the harp.

Mary gets us all in a swingin’ mood with the scufflin’, shufflin’, “Ain’t Nobody Else,” with Billy Branch on the harp, serving as one of our favorites.  She can sho’ nuff pitch a boogie with the best of ’em, but there’s nothing like having her go on down home to the Delta.  There she teams up with only Colin Linden on slide dobro, as our lovelorn girl begs her man “why you left me standing here  by myself?”  It is entitled “Make Up Your Mind,” and is our final favorite.  It is raw, powerful, and lets Mary’s true blues roots show thru.

If you are a fan of the music of Koko Taylor, Zora Young, or Big Time Sarah, you gotta love Mary Lane!!  At 83, she sounds as spry as women half her age, and, above all, thru “Travelin’ Woman,” she loves to sing the blues!  Love you, girl!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

 

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