Beware Of My Dog Carolyn Gaines Debut Album Statement

Beware Of My Dog Carolyn Gaines Debut Album Statement

Blues that flow deep and true on every number recorded for this debut album from Carolyn Gaines. Beware Of My Dog, is a mix of re-imagined and worked classics and her own numbers. Beware Of My Dog perhaps is a double-entendre loved by the genre. The album could be named Beware of My Voice, as Carolyn’s vocals say I am coming to cast a blues spell over you.

Like many debuts, the opening track is the title track. It opens with a spoken cast of blues players that have and continue to inspire. Listen to the fine instrumentation and colouring you hear the echoes from Hound Dog, connecting you to Big Mama Thornton and Elvis Presley. This is no imitation and the tenor-sax lead break is stunning. Carolyn’s vocals are warm and determined this is a singer not to be messed with she means it when she sings Beware of My Dog.

Now it is well known that dogs and cats often don’t get on I’m Your Cat, Baby sits perfectly following on from the title track reinforces that Carolyn and her band are a smooth and stormy act to be reckoned with. The beat smooths out with the harmonica that sings with a melodic refrain that curls around the vocals as we are Stone Out Your Raggly Mind. This is picked up by the sax that is stunning as her vocals shape and bend the lyrics this is singing that comes as natural as talking to this talented vocalist.

Now for an exploration of the nearly covers! First up is Hoochie Coochie Woman. Starts off similar to Muddy Water’s I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man. Then with a beat of the drum, it changes and this becomes a song owned by a woman. It is modern and the lyrics have shifted that makes you once again really listen to the re-working of a classic. This album is stinging blues now for a change of tone as David Junior Kimbrough’s Done Gone Old is explored around the tongue of Carolyn. Her vocals have a dark timbre that is personal, mischievous and slightly dangerous working so well in contrast to the acoustic guitar. We now have a change of blues tempo and colouration with country blues that dances. Played with a lightness of touch and is fun inspired but never dictated by Blind Boy Fuller’s I Want A Piece Of You. Carolyn and the band are having a good time and no-one can resist the foot-tapping beat and energy of Mr. Dill Pickles.

I Want Your Money Honey. This is the darker Carolyn’s vocals we are treading on dangerous waters if we challenge the interpretation of the blues, fuelled with rock n’ roll and the rawness of the vocal interpretation of the lyrics.

The harmonica on Jerry Rice – Busy man is the perfect foil for Gaines vocals on this country blues number. Her blues song is written in dedication to her Mum and Buddy Guy as we are treated to some wonderful harmonica playing on Charlie Mae & Chicago. Closing out the album with an organ opening that immediately gains your attention is a remake of Big Jay McNeeley’s Something On Your Mind. You are left loving Gaines varied and consistent interpretation of blues that is modern and exciting. A debut album that leaves you wanting to hear more.

A celebration of the distinctive vocal tone that has a roughness that is never smoothed into something it isn’t. Her vocals are full of warmth and expression.


Carolyn Gaines – Beware Of My Dog – Polka Dot Records

EIGHTpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing 

  1. Beware of My Dog
  2. I’m Your Cat, Baby
  3. Stone Out Your Raggly Mind
  4. Catch That Train
  5. Hoochie Coochie Woman
  6. Done Got Old
  7. I Want Your Money, Honey
  8. Mr. Dill Pickle
  9. Jerry Rice “Busy Man”
  10. Charlie Mae & Chicago
  11. Something on Your Mind


Beware Of My Dog Carolyn Gaines Debut Album Statement

Let’s Do This Thing Sings Kathy & The Kilowatts

Let’s Do This Thing Sings Kathy & The Kilowatts

Let’s Do This Thing Sings Kathy & The Kilowatts


Blues that energizes so that you join in agreeing with the opening refrain, Let’s Do This Thing. The fifteen track album gathers under Kathy’s sumptuous vocals that curl around the melodic depths and shapes conjured up by the Kilowatts.  This is Texan blues-rock delivered with style and Let’s Do This thing is a definite for lovers of Texan fuelled blues.  Song-writer and singer Kathy Murray is in control of the Kilowatts who add a stinging spark to every number on the album. Who are the Kilowatts? They are Kathy’s husband, Bill “Monster” Jones on guitar and Kathy’s brother David who plays bass, percussion and more. The family are joined by Dylan Cavaliere on upright bass, Jeff Botta on bass and organ, Richard Ross and Nina Singh on drums, and Dan Torosian, Al Gomez and Henry Rivas on horns adding depths of tone and texture.

Opening with the title track the blues fuse is well and truly set alight, and with the cadence and tempo, it is not surprising that Kathy & The Kilowatts are often compared to the Fabulous Thunderbirds.  This album is drenched in the heat of musical tones and textures as she weaves in soul, pop beats and country fused with the infectious rhythm of good old Rock n’ Roll.  Yes, we will do this thing and keep on listening to the sound the band and Kathy are sharing with us. The sound changes across the fifteen tracks. Those that stood out were Call Me Mrs Blues, this sets the tone and provided the basis for all the music played, Texas blues with its strong guitar led riffs that fuels the energy for the vocals.

The horns take centre stage as Kathy weaves her sultry magic on Beautiful Moments In Time. Soulful and stinging the horns define this number. The song allows Kathy to croon the lyrics with an emotional understanding that the horns pick up and punctuate.  Now there Is no need for Kathy to Spell It Out, she understands how to make a song stand out from noises surrounding herself, and different numbers connect depending on your mood. Want some pop led funk then checkout Spell It Out. Whereas Each Kiss uses the horns to pick at Latino vibe then grounded by Kathy’s delicious vocals. We have timeless rocking good time music, followed on by One Lie Leads to Another and the perfect combination of a Texan shuffle, strong lyrics and the sound that makes Texan fused blues compulsive listening.

Reflecting the whole album as one track seamlessly leads to the next perfectly timed and formed number ensuring that for the whole fifty-five minutes you are immersed in the warm, melodic zone that defines Kathy & The Kilowatts who certainly did this Texan thing for me on the album Let’s Do This Thing.

The album is definitely no one-trick interpretation of the blues. It is modern, sassy and fun with the closing track picking up and weaving into Loveaholic a country feel leaving your feet tapping and a confirmed fan of Texas infused blues from Kathy and her Kilowatts on Let’s Do This Thing.


Let’s Do This Thing – Kathy & The Kilowatts – Lectro Fine Records

SEVENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN …

Track Listing

  1. Let’s Do This Thing
  2. Call Me Mrs Blues
  3. Talking Out My Head
  4. 10 Most Wanted
  5. Love Came Knocking
  6. Read ‘em and Weep
  7. Beautiful Moments In Time
  8. Each Kiss
  9. One Lie Leads To Another
  10. Spell It Out
  11. I Want To
  12. Exception To The Rule
  13. These Lonely Hours
  14. Your Barn Door
  15. Loveaholic



Let’s Do This Thing Sings Kathy & The Kilowatts

Advent Day Seven Calendar Thanks Blind Raccoon


Advent Day Seven Calendar Thanks Blind Raccoon


No reviewing year would be complete without the wonderful thud as the postman delivers another package of gems from Betsie Brown at Blind Raccoon. The albums are always full of gems that have been shaken, stirred and moved by the Blues. The music comes in every hue and tempo and will always be listened to with pleasure.

Lara & The Bluz Dawgz are definitely Howlin’

Lara and Bluz Dawgz


Lara & The Bluz Dawgz
Lock Alley Music


Lara & The Bluz Dawgz are definitely Howlin’ good and proper, as they share eleven tracks of honky tonk piano, searing saxophone, mellow and angry moods and the vocal charm that personifies Lara Germony herself. The tracks are all originals exploring love in relationships, the good, bad and downright mean. This is blues album that works with tonal colours and textures of light and dark her Bluz Dawgs are in the zone. The Dawgz are, Gregg Germony, bassist and husband; with drummer Ray Gonzales completing the Rhythm section and adding layers of structured sounds are Al Rowe on guitar, Dan Nadasdi playing the keys and  Reggie Murray blowing the Saxophone. They collectively create a musical score from which Lara’s lead vocals can soar as she explores the emotion of love and loss.

Opening with Uh Huh a piano fueled Boogie Woogie track that sets you up to want to hear more; and there are plenty of sounds with the title track, Howlin’ bringing the album to a close. This is track a that has the power of rhythm as the feet tap to a New Orleans beat, with the heat of the night  with the combo of drums, keys and saxophone Howlin’ leaves  you wanting to hear much more of Lara & The Bluz Dawgz.

The album is full of variations with I Wonder a full on ballad as Lara’s voice caresses the words and the saxophone repeats the feeling of yearning and dreaming… “I dream about your loving…. So I watch you and wonder” sings Lara no certainty in this vocalization. T-Dawg, is urban blues that falls out of the speaker and caresses with the drums adding meat to the musical bone, you can hear the shadows of Thrill Has Gone in tempo and guitar work. Half-way through is a track that stands out, there is an energy about Don’t Mess With Me Baby, the vocals show grit and determination, no-one would mess with Lara! Al’s guitar riffs are clean and adds lead breaks with purpose and once again the saxophone from Murray shapes the texture. The interplay between the musicians creates a narrative once again on this track, with the guitar and the tempo dictated by the rhythm section as this track shows that a woman will only put up with so much and then kicks her heels to say I’m Over It! The musical range changes with shades of jazz in Shadow Groovin, full of mellow thoughtfulness, the vocals are seductive and the guitar work sears through the night.

Howlin’ is a blues album with shadows of jazz and soul as love is explored through the power of lyrics and Lara’s vocals that can be challenging, angry, seductive and beguiling as the narrative unfolds.  Lara & The Bluz Dawgz have superb interplay, creating their own distinctive niche in the blues.

Bluesdoodles gives this CD EIGHT pawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Uh Huh
  2. Flat Line
  3. I wonder
  4. Wearin Me Out
  5. T-Dawg
  6. Don’t Mess With Me Baby
  7. Love Me Tonight
  8. I’m Over It
  9. Say Goodbye
  10. Shadow Groovin
  11. Howlin’