Monday, December 19, 2016
MUSIC REVIEW OF THE DAY: TRUDY LYNN - I'LL SING THE BLUES FOR YOU
Lots of throaty, sassy blues from this excellent Houston singer. After a lifetime of hard work in the clubs and a dozen albums, she finally got top recognition with a #1 blues album in 2014, Royal Oaks Blues Cafe. This one sees her sifting through the classic writers for just the right tunes to match her grit, and she truly owns the songs she picked from Memphis Minnie, Big Mama Thornton and Lowell Fulsom. Every cut is sung like she means it, and that's the whole key right there, feeling the blues and passing it on.
Each of the ten cuts here also has a solid groove, with a Friday night, forget your troubles energy. Lynn's harp player, Steve Krase, leads his own band as well, with decades of experience too, and they make a perfect pair, as he follows her soulful lines with plenty of expert licks. This is a group I would rush to go see, and stay for each set.