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
Howlin’
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’