2018 – Little Village Foundation
Release Date: August 1, 2018
By Phillip Smith; July 7, 2018
Recorded at the acclaimed Greaseland Studios in San Jose, California and produced by Christopher “Kid” Andersen, A Woman Rules the World, Whitney Shay’s latest album is her first in six years. This landmark recording surrounds the riveting vocalist with an outstanding group of musicians whose appearance includes Kid Andersen (guitar, bass, sitar, and Wurlitzer) , Jim Pugh (organ, piano) “Sax” Gordon Beadle (saxophones), Kedor Roy (upright and electric bass), and Alex Pettersen (drums).
The album begins with the sweet sound of horns, and a huge splash of Detroit soul in “Ain’t No Weak Woman”. Shay’s smooth and sultry vocals sound great on this funky original. This rolls quite nicely into a jaw-dropping performance of Dinah Washington’s “Blues Down Home”. It’s absolutely fabulous. “Love’s Creeping Up on You”, another original from Shay is rooted in the Memphis sound. Andersen seems to channel B.B. King on guitar, while the rest of the crew takes a cruise down McLemore Avenue, for more of a Stax Records vibe. Pettersen gives a brilliant execution on drums to boot.
Shay soulfully sings title track “A Woman Rules the World” an exquisite selection by the legendary blues master Denise LaSalle, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Then there’s the rousing rendition of Little Denise’s “Check Me Out”. Slathered in old school funk, this smash hit written by the great Jimmy McCracklin oozes with groovy goodness.
Paying homage to one of the greatest Rock and Roll legends ever, Shay and company let loose an amazing cover of Little Richard’s “Freedom Blues” off his 1970 album Rill Thing. They then rip it up on “Get Down With It” from his 1966 album The Wild and Frantic Little Richard to bring this wonderful album to its conclusion.
A Woman Rules the World is full of everything a music lover wants in an album: great songs, a spectacular voice, and an amazingly tight band. I love every bit of it.
For more information about Whitney Shay, visit her website : https://www.whitneyshay.com/home