2021 – Lady A Productions
By Phillip Smith; Mar. 12, 2022
Original source : phillycheezeblues.blogspot.com
I’ve been a fan of Lady A since my first listen when I reviewed her 2016 album Loved, Blessed, and Blues. Her ninth and latest album, Satisfyin’ continues to capture my affection for her music as it perfectly pairs her songwriting expertise with her special blend of funk, soul, and blues. With Anita White aka Lady A front and center on lead vocals, her band is comprised of bassist John Studamire, guitarist Herman Brown, multi-instrumentalist Paul Richardson, multi-instrumentalist/background vocalist John Oliver III, and background vocalist Roz Royster McCommon.
The Seattle-based songstress rolls the album in with ‘Whatever You Do” which showcases her powerful vocals in an upbeat fashion. She sounds great and the big band backing her is nicely topped off with a BB King-style guitar performance from Brown. Immediately following is title-track “Satisfyin’”, which brings to mind the funky dance songs I immensely enjoyed in the Eighties. Music, cheap liquor, gambling, and good food is the allure of “Miss Beula Mae’s”, an after-hours juke-joint Lady A reflects on. Its inescapable groove, and detailed lyrics make this a favorite of mine. A slow buttery bassline walks “Blues Soul Catfish & Fried Wings” to the finish in a major funky way. Reminiscent of the music of George Clinton at times, it is absolutely fabulous. In “For the People in the Back (All I Got)”, Lady A holds her ground, and without flinching once, stares down the pop-country band for pilfering her name. Her fearless vocals, ride above a wave of hand-claps and an infectious gospel-infused melody.
Satisfyin’ is a delightful album and like a fine wine, gets better with each and every listen.
For more information about Lady A, visit this website : https://www.ladyababyblues.com/
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