The McNaMarr Project review…September 18, 2019…..

THE MC NA MARR PROJECT

HOLLA AND MOAN

BAHOOL RECORDS

HOLLA AND MOAN–MISSING YOU–THROWING DOWN A LITTLE LOVE–HISTORY–CRY WITH ME–KEEP IT ROLLIN–CAN YOU TAKE THE HEAT–NO MORE CHAINS–SOMETHING THAT’S REAL–BLUES BROUGHT ME HERE

The McNaMarr Project is the brainchild of two of Australia’s most-beloved blues artists, Andrea Marr and John McNamara.  Their latest collabo is called “Holla And Moan,” and, when one listens to it, it is almost as if Chess, Stax, and Hi Records all packed up and moved Down Under.  Andrea Marr is as soulful a vocalist as they come, evoking comparisons to Tina Turner and Sharon Jones.  Toss in John’s guitar lines and his own bluesy vocals, and these two make a dynamite pair!

The ten originals are mixtures of Memphis grease and Chicago grit, and the festivities begin with our lusty pair trying not to argue with each other, but, rather, to re-focus the energy of “Holla And Moan” for when “we burn up the sheets in the heat of the night!”  This one is pure old-school, call-and-response soul. They keep the pot boilin’ with another tale of “when the lights go down,” “Throwing Down A Little Love.”  They both get into full-on ballad mode with one of our favorites. Our two lovers are kept from reaching the heights they once had, but, “time broke us down” in the lovelorn “History.”  Another favorite is a cool throwback to the glory days of Tina Turner, as Andrea and John are looking for real love, in the punchy grooves of “Can You Take The Heat?”  The set closes as our duo take us all down to Blues Church with a testifyin’ shout-out to many blues legends with “Blues Brought Me Here.”

Fans, records such as The McNaMarr Project’s “Holla And Moan” are a rare find these days.  Andrea Marr and John McNamara are household names in Australia’s contemporary scene, and this set is about to make a big splash stateside!!!  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow.

 

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