Cheyenne James review…Juneteenth, 2019….

CHEYENNE JAMES

BURN IT UP

GRITS AINT GROCERIES–GYPSY MAMA–I DIDN’T KNOW–LAY ME DOWN–LET’S GO GET STONED–ROCK–ROLL YOUR COAL–STEAL MY HEART AWAY–WHAT DOES IT MEAN–YOU KNOW YOU LOVE ME BABY

By the age of ten, Cheyenne James just KNEW she was gonna be a performer.  At that young age, she was already nailing Aretha and Etta, and now, fifteen years further on up the road, she’s played every juke joint in her home base of southeast Texas, and proudly steps into the national spotlight with her ten-cut mix of sweet original songs and knock-em-dead covers, entitled, appropriately, “Burn It Up.”

Cheyenne’s originals were inspired by her own life experiences and those who are closest to her heart, and she sings these stories-in-song in a manner that makes listeners feel the same love she’s been surrounded by all her life.  You know it’s gonna be a fun ride as our girl wraps that big ‘ol lusty voice of hers around that “love song” known “all ’round the world” as “Grits Ain’t Groceries,” featuring scalded-dog guitar from Dave Carter.  She keeps that soulful groove movin’, this time with a story of a no-good lover who gets told to go “straight down to Hell,” “I Didn’t Know you had all that goin’ on!”  Dave is again on the greasy slide, with country-blues harp from Texas tornado Steve Krase, and honky-tonk 88’s from Randy Wall.  It just keeps gettin’ better with a sultry, torchy, toe-curling read of Nick Ashford and  Valerie Simpson’s “Let’s Go Get Stoned,” and she stays in that “quarter to three” groove with the minor-key, slow’n’ sexy blues of “Rock with my roll, baby, and I’ll roll with your rock,” with Steve on harp.

Cheyenne James is also an accomplished stage actress, and, yep, the front and back CD cover photos have not been doctored—she IS a fire-eater!  She does a tremendous job as a blueswoman, too, and sho’ nuff can “Burn It Up!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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