Annika Chambers review…August 10, 2019….

ANNIKA CHAMBERS

KISS MY SASS

VIZZTONE RECORDS VT-AC-01

LET THAT SASS OUT–THAT’S WHAT YOU MADE ME–YOU CAN’T WIN–WHAT’S YOUR THING–BRAND NEW DAY–WORLD OF HURT–STAY–TWO BIT TEXAS TOWN–IN THE BASEMENT–I FEEL THE SAME

Annika Chambers is sho’ nuff ridin’ the wave after her win at the Blues Awards back in May for Soul Blues Female Artist Of The Year.  She’s bent on keeping that streak going with the release of her third overall album, “Kiss My Sass,” for Vizztone.  The Lone Star native has a Texas-sized voice that leads the way, and the triad of producers–Larry Fulcher, Richard Cagle, and Tony Braunagel–bring out the best in this young singer, and the whole thing snaps, crackles, and pops with enough energy to light up Titans Stadium!

The set opens with a bang!  Our girl is a good girl at heart, but, when the work day is done, she can’t wait to “Let That Sass Out!”  Sparkling percussion from Brannon McLeod holds things steady as our heroine calls out a useless lover after “slippin’ out and sneakin’ in” for five years, and kicks him to the curb with “That’s What You Made Me.”  She preaches a positive message of “love, freedom, and peace,” in the socially-conscious duet with Ruthie Foster, “What’s Your Thing.”  The seemingly-endless daily accounts of murder in the streets of our society prompts Annika to hope for a “Brand New Day” where “do unto others” once again becomes the rule, featuring the Mighty Orq on guitar.  These were two of our favorites.  Our third favorite was a good, old-school shout-out to soul queen Sugar Pie De Santo with the funk of “where can you dance to any music you choose,” “down In The Basement!”

It has been a banner year for this Texas tornado, and Annika Chambers has no intention of slowing down.  Enjoy some down-home blues from a stone award-winner with “Kiss My Sass!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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