Lady “A” – Loved, Blessed & Blues
Lady A Productions
10 songs time-41:54
Seattle native Lady “A” sings about the blues, but doesn’t sing the blues. Her music falls into the categories of soul, R&B, funk and a touch of blues and gospel. Her husky and deep voice is suited for this type of music. This music won’t stay in your head, but would work in a live setting, as it is upbeat and rousing. Their are references to other soul artists, love, sexual innuendo and the usual preachy stuff. Two musicians supply all the music. Producer Dexter Allen on guitar, bass and piano. Co-producer plays drums and keyboards. Both provide a strong rhythmic foundation with brief solos. The occasional basic blues guitar is thrown in to the mix.
The title song references various artists such as Bobby Rush and Johnny Adams. The lyrics talk about blues, but it is a R&B-soul song. “Honey Hush” isn’t the old blues chestnut but an original as are all songs here. It’s a tribute to the southern life style done up in a nicely funky grove. “If You Don’t Want It-Don’t Waste It” is mildly sexual and breaking off a relationship that sounds like old school soul. “Tired Too” is about frustrations in a relationship. “Love Calling” is a slow and soulful love song.
Some catchy wah-wah guitar fits in nicely with the bouncy groove of “Trouble On Mind”. Boisterous synth-horns punctuate the tough groove of “Happy”. Dexter Allen lends his capable voice to this number as well as a rare guitar solo. Miss “A” longs for her home town on the funky “Take Me Back To Seattle”. She touches on her gospel side on the slow burner “Somebody Here, Needs You Lord”.
Nothing to write home about here, but the music is well produced and the sentiments are real and deeply felt. The backing music is basic and well performed. If this is a genre you like, this recording is sure to fit your needs and provide you with enjoyment. I’m sure the Lady puts on an energetic live show.