Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers – Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge
We have all lost nights in clubs that are dark, and in the day smoky with the music full of blues, soul and sultry temptations. Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers on their third album Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge have captured those memories of sadness, happiness calm and fever fuelled intensity across the dozen tracks. The Seattle-based singer/songwriter Michele D’Amour delivers the song with panache surrounded by musicians delivering solid blues that captures Chicago Blues and Mississippi Juke Joints, dirty dangerous and solid.
Opening with, No Good, a gentle introduction into the vocal range and tone and the tightness of the band around her with a hint of the tasty licks from guitarist Ryan Higgins; the reality is only good can come from music that is full of stylish delivery.
On the languid laid back sharp numbers, Trouble and All I Do Is Work we are caressed by the music as we dip our musical toes into the warmth of Live At The Leopard Lounge. The singing is sharp and tight reflecting the rhythm section combination of Patrick McDanel on bass and drummer Ronnie Bishop.
The title track, picks up the pace and has a clever bass line as Michele explores the mythical club Leopard Lounge they have created in an ode to colourful venues they have played in, and depicted by artist Tim Sutherland in the album art. This sassy track reflects life, grimy, exciting, humorous and often dirty. The themes are true blues fodder, the downtrodden, love gone wrong the lost and hurt, about real life and people Michele has met on the road as a musician. As we hit the halfway mark Michele sings Lost My Mojo, the horns and deep dark creative bass lines definitely have their mojo full on as it leads into a glorious lead break from Ryan, this is smokin’ good music.
The tone deepens and the tempo slows as the lyrics are considered against the slow pound of the drums the timing is superb and we know exactly what Michele means when she sings Blue As Blue Can Get. We want to leave the Leopard Lounge up beat and a Country Rock tinge to Last Man Standing is invigorating as the guitar sound swirls and builds around the melody. With a boogie vibe as the album closes we have had a night of musical experiences at the Leopard Lounge in the Company of Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers.
Celebrating the bands fifth anniversary this album encompasses blues of a time and place. This is not stretching the genre it is delivering blues that collectors want to collect; straightforward music that sings to your soul.
SEVENdoodle paws out of TEN ….
- No Good
- Leopard Lounge
- Move on Down the Line
- Lost My Mojo
- All I Do Is Work
- When the Blues Come Calling
- I Didn’t Know
- Blue as Blue Can Get
- What the Cat Dragged In
- Last Man Standing
- Black Cat Boogie