Monday, June 13, 2011

Demetria Taylor - Bad Girl (Delmark, 2011)

If there was ever anyone born with the blues in their blood, it would certainly be singer Demetria Taylor, daughter of blues legend Eddie Taylor and part of a large musical family in the blues nurturing city of Chicago. Ms. Taylor has a strong voice, and likes to takes blues standards and transform them to a woman’s point of view. It takes her a little while to get going, but when she moves into the depth of the material, she makes an impact. “Voodoo Woman” and the title track “Bad Girl” (a gender switched remake of her father’s hit “Bad Boy”) find the singer and the talented band clicking and working well together. When the hit the meat of the album, especially on the Luther Allison popularized “Cherry Red Wine” she sings thoughtfully and powerfully about the effects of alcoholism. Jimmy Reed’s classic “Big Boss Man” is a chance for everybody to get together and have fun with a familiar classic, and then fellow blues singer Big Time Sarah joins the group for some added vocal might on a couple of Willie Dixon classic songs long associated with the deep Chicago blues, “Little Red Rooster” and “Wang Dang Doodle.” This was a solid beginning for the recording career of Demetria Taylor, with more experience and some memorable original songs she could be poised to make a big impact on the blues scene. Bad Girl - amazon.com

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