Tryin To Get Over
Midwest Records -
July 2018 - Richard L'Hommedieu
LADY A/Doin' Fine:
There's something in the water down in Muscle Shoals because Lady A turns in a set that's loaded all the jumping, bumping action you could find packed in to a hot Malaco release--and she didn't even need them to do it. Steeped in gospel but digging the secular, Lady A is a sister that can do it for herself and shows the blueprint to skeptics. A hard hitting set encompassing all forms of southern soul from the church to the juke joint, this is smoking slice of the real deal from someone that has more than earned a keeping the blues alive award. Hot stuff.
Friday Blues Fix Blog ~ Blues Bytes
Graham Clarke - December 2016
Lady A has been a fixture on the Pacific Northwest blues scene for nearly 20 years. She’s toured with and opened for an impressive list of blues stars, including Denise LaSalle, Little Milton, Bobby Rush, Super Chikan, and Shemekia Copeland, and Dexter Allen. Her previous two albums have both been nominated for Blues Music Awards, and her third release, Loved, Blessed & Blues looks poised to follow suit in short order.
Lady A's Loved, Blessed & Blues CD project had her venture to Joey Robinson’s JRob Studios in Jackson, MS for this excellent set of soul/blues. She composed four of the ten tracks, with her longtime collaborator/producer John Oliver III writing three, and new producer Dexter Allen contributed a pair. Allen mans the guitar, bass, and piano, while Robinson doubles up on keyboards and drums and Lady A’s sultry, smoky vocals do the rest.
Lady A pays tribute to a list of many of these artists in the title track, a smooth shuffle which opens the disc. “Honey Hush” is a funk-driven recalling some life lessons learned at an early age, and “Don’t Let Your Blues Become A Crime” finds Lady A testifying with a punch backed by Allen’s lead guitar and a velvety cushion of keyboards.
The sassy “If You Don’t Want It – Don’t Waste It” is sage advice, soul-blues style, and “Tired Too!” is a feisty rebuke of Allen’s 2015 hit “I’m Tired.” “Love Calling” is a solid slow burning ballad, and “Trouble On My Mind” finds Lady A fretting about a man she can’t get out of her head. Allen joins Lady A on “Happy,” an exuberant slice of Chicago-styled soul blues, and “Take Me Back To Seattle” is a charming love letter to Lady A’s home base. The album closes with the spiritual “Somebody Here Needs You Lord.”
If you enjoyed southern soul blues over the past couple of decades from labels like, say….Malaco Records or Ecko Records for example, Lady A and Love, Blessed & Blues should do the trick nicely.