BOOGIE WITH THE DEVIL
Summer & the Sinners
The Devil is one lucky dude to be boogieing with a gal who can sing the blues like Summer does.
Coming to your CD player from British Columbia Summer (I still haven't found her complete name), has a voice that from the opening Breakin' Up Somebody's Home, you recognize as a perfect fit for the blues. There's a deep richness here, that has elements of a smooth Scotch, although at time she can add enough growl to make you think of a bit of fizz added to that fine Scotch too.
Buddy Love adds some solid guitar work throughout, and that adds immensely to the sound. For a little added punch guitar guru Dave Gogo pops in to add some licks on Sinners Boogie and Independence Blues, so that's a sweet little extra.
Ditto having Paul Wainwright adding tenor sax to five tracks, including real nice work on Ti-Na-Ni-Na-Nu, and on Little Mixed Up.
This is Summer & the Sinners' second CD, a follow-up to Stranger's Blues, a debut cut I'd like to track down one day, given that Boogie With The Devil is so solid.
For the most part Summer borrows material from a range of sources, such as Albert Kings Natural Ball, and Eddie Taylor's Big Town Playboy. However, Summer and her band do contribute an original cut Ooh Baby. With not the best cut here, it is to be hoped we see this gal develop a few originals that fit her own style.
As it stands, as for a best cut here, I love the upbeat Big Boss Man. On this one Summer's certainly in her groove.
Very solid. Check 'em out at www.summerandthesinners.com
-- CALVIN DANIELS
-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Sept. 29, 2007 - Yorkton, SK. Canada