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Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire - The Real Deal (2011)

23-06-2014, 05:23
Music | Blues | Soul | R&B

Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire - The Real Deal (2011)

Artist: Sharon Lewis & Texas Fire
Title Of Album: The Real Deal
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Delmark
Genre: Blues, Chicago Blues, Soul Blues
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 59:36 Min
Total Size: 145 Mb


1. What's Really Going On?
2. The Real Deal
3. Do Something for Me
4. Crazy Love
5. Mother Blues
6. Blues Train
7. Please Mr. Jailer
8. Mojo Kings
9. Silver Fox
10. You Can't Take My Life
11. Ain't No Sunshine
12. Don't Play That Song
13. Angel

Sharon Lewis (vocals)
Bruce James, Dave Specter (guitar)
Roosevelt Purifoy (piano, Fender Rhodes piano, organ)
Tony Dale (drums)

After years of being a cog in the Chicago blues scene, Sharon Lewis steps out with a dandy national release that will have the rest of the country wondering where this gritty, soulful vocalist has been all this time. As the horn-struttin’ title track proclaims, she, indeed, is the real deal, one of the last classic, hardscrabble blues-soul vocalists who has earned her stripes and has life’s scars to prove it.

Eight of the dozen tracks are originals spanning the blues fodder gamut, economic social commentary (“What’s Really Going On?”), slinky, sexual appeal (“Mojo Kings”) and cheatin’ husbands whom she orders ‘go on back to your wife’ (“You Can’t Take My Life”). Of the four covers, Wynona Carr’s “Please Mr. Jailer” (recorded in 1956) towers over the renditions of Van Morrison’s “Crazy Love” and Bill Withers’ “Ain’t No Sunshine.” It’s a mother’s plea for her son’s freedom, still a topical subject today as there are more young African-Americans behind bars than in college. Stylistically, every track differs from its predecessor, whether it’s a hard-driving shuffle featuring Specter’s slashing guitar work, an uplifting gospel arrangement (“Angel”), a late night jazzy interlude (“Silver Fox”), or a zealous soul shouter (“Blues Train”). When you have as many cards as Lewis has, there’s no need to ever play the same hand twice. ~ Dan Willging

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