Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers review…June 28, 2019….

MINDI ABAIR

AND THE BONESHAKERS

NO GOOD DEED

SEVEN DAY FOOL–NO GOOD DEED GOES UNPUNISHED–YOU BETTER RUN–SWEETEST LIES–GOOD DAY FOR THE BLUES–MESS I’M IN–BAD NEWS–MOVIN ON–WHO’S GONNA SAVE MY SOUL–BABY GET IT ON

Our favorite “sax machine,” Mindi Abair, and her brilliant band, The Boneshakers, are back and in prime form with their new album, out today, “No Good Deed.”  Mindi is on vocals and wailin’ sax, and this set, in our humble opinion, is their best to date!  Along with Mindi, there is Randy Jacobs on guitar and vocals, Rodney Lee on keys, Ben White on bass, and Third Richardson on drums.  Recorded over five days, this is a cool mix of five originals and five well-chosen, somewhat-rare covers, and the wide range of material herein indicates just how far this band has come, and gives a glimpse of their unlimited potential.

Leading off is the band’s version of Etta James’ “Seven Day Fool,” as Mindi sings of a woman’s constant pull to please her man.  The title cut is a percussion-heavy tale of Mindi, workin’ night and day to make a living, while her no-good lover is at home, cheating away, and, as always, “No Good Deed Goes Unpunished.”  A cool story of how some folks in love can be drawn in by another is “cause you tell the Sweetest Lies.”  Our girl is “Movin’ On,” and is determined to “get my feet up off the ground,” offering a great message of female empowerment.

The set closed with our favorites.  A slow-burning, gritty tale of a woman who’s “seen what could have been, and it cuts me to the bone,” and begs her question, “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul?”  It is at once powerful, poignant, and thought-provoking.  The set’s final cut was a real barn-burner, as Randy and Mindi trade vocals on a scorching take of Ike And Tina’s, “Baby Get It On,” with enough fireworks to light up the Fourth Of July!

Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers continue to create some of the best blues-based R & B on the contemporary scene.  “No Good Deed” is full of energy and great songs from a hi-octane band!   Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

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