Moonshine Society review…August 4, 2019

MOONSHINE SOCIETY

SWEET THING

SWEET THING–SHAKE–MAMA, HE TREATS YOUR DAUGHTER MEAN–COME ON HOME–SOUTHERN ROAD–BISCUITS, BACON, AND THE BLUES–USE ME/ON GILDED SPLINTERS–I’D RATHER GO BLIND–DEAL THE DEVIL MADE–THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY (BONUS TRACK)

Moonshine Society is the offspring of three multi-talented Berklee music scholars.  Al three had a passion for blues and vintage R & B, and lead singer Black Betty is one part Bettie Page and one part Memphis Minnie.  Joe Poppen, on guitar, is a master of that vintage sound, and harpoon man Charlie Sayles rounded out the trio.

Their sophomore release is entitled “Sweet Thing,” and it is full of Betty’s big-voiced looks at love thru both lusty rockers and plaintive ballads.  The party opens with the title cut, as our girl doesn’t mind a good time, but this “Sweet Thing” sho’ nuff don’t take no mess, either!  Hellhound harp man Jason Ricci adds the spice to this bump-and-grinder.  Joe’s guitar gets into a Chi-town groove on “Shake, shimmy, and sway, like a willow tree,” featuring sax from Ron Holloway and Ken Wenzel.  “Come On Home” is a soulful, original ballad from Betty, and she follows it up a bit later with a scintillating read of Etta’s iconic “I’d Rather Go Blind,” showing why this song blurred the lines between blues and R & B.

We had two favorites, too. Ruth Brown’s “Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean” is presented here as a stone, New Orleans-styled second-line party jam, with Benjie Porecki all over the 88’s.  Our other favorite is one of Betty’s originals, as she tells us the only three things she desires the morning after a lustful night–“Biscuits, Bacon, And The Blues,” a succulent menu request, indeed!

It’s easy to see why Moonshine Society is always in the mix for the Washington Area Blues Society’s WAMMIE Awards!  A red-hot mama on vocals who writes the blues the way we like to hear ’em, with Hall Of Fame musicianship, “Sweet Thing” has all the goods!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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