Michele D’Amour And The Love Dealers review…November 21, 2019….

MICHELE D’AMOUR

AND THE LOVE DEALERS

CHRISTMAS IN BLUE

BLUES KITTY RECORDS

CHRISTMAS IN BLUE–ELF ON A SHELF–FUNKY SANTA–BRING MY BABY BACK–ALL I GOT FOR CHRISTMAS–NAUGHTY LIST–WEATHERMAN–SILENT NIGHT–THE NOISIEST TOY–LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Michele D’Amour grew up in west Seattle, and was a child prodigy on piano by the age of six.  In 2017, she won a Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition.  She and her band, The Love Dealers, have released six albums, and they begin our holiday season with “Christmas In Blue,” for Blues Kitty Records.  It consists of ten cuts, eight swingin’ originals and two covers done up in the band’s inimitable way.

Leading off is the horn-driven, jazzy title cut, where, if you’re tired of the more traditional fare, just “turn up your records and party all night,” for a cool “Christmas In Blue.”  “Funky Santa” pays tribute to James Brown, with the jolly old dude down on Beale Street, smokin’ a stogie!    Our poor lass seemingly missed out on all the gifts ,’cause all the band members got new instruments.  As for Michele, “All I Got For Christmas is the blues,” plus a band that plays them extremely well!

One of our favorites finds Michele and her lover in a playfully-sexy mode, anxious to “get real cheery” and get on “The Naughty List!”  “Weatherman” is a swingin’ ode to Seattle meteorologist Cliff Mass, while our other favorite is a Sun-tanned splash of rockabilly boogie as our lass is asking Santa for “The Noisiest Toy you got!”  The set closes with one of the most unique versions of “Little Drummer Boy” you are likely to hear.  Yep–Michele and the fellows second-line it all the way down Rampart Street with a cool, “hurry up, Mardi Gras” groove!

Michele D’Amour And The Love Dealers bring some fine new music to the table for your holiday enjoyment, along with a new spin on a couple of old favorites.  For a cool change of pace, have a merry “Christmas In Blue!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance.

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