Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues

Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues

Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues


The cover is alluring, Karen’s bejewelled eyes inviting you to explore the dozen tracks that tell me once again the Karen is never a Fish Outta Water when singing the blues with soulful emotions.  Building on the power and impressions left from her acclaimed 2010 release Still The Rain. On Fish Outta Water, Karen has handed much of the song writing over to producer Eric Corne;  Five tracks have the Lovely  skills two co-written with her producer, two co-written with Mark Bowden her touring Guitarist.

At the heart of the album is the seductive vocals of Karen Lovely; the tones and textures bounce of the musicians who she has surrounded herself with on Fish Outta Water. Two guitarists are used across various tracks, either Rick Holmstrom  or Doug Pettibone with bassist Taras Prodaniuk and Drummer/percussionist Matt Tecu pulling in the deep driving rhythms that the heartbeat of the album. Other instruments blended in shaping of tracks, used as colourful punctuation.

The title track pulls you deep under the watery depths; as you listen you feel in the company of friends you can breathe; Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues. The instrumentation syncopated to reflect and build on Karen’s powerful vocalization. R’n’B that draws on a moody vibe; lit up by the Skip Edwards mastery of the Hammond B3.

With a beat of the drum, the mood is change as we are sitting Under The Midnight Sun setting the pace and full of clever licks and the use of saxophone adding a soulful aire to the proceedings.  Having listened to the album a number of times I know that it is the variation that makes you sit up, listen and pay attention to every track. The words are there for a purpose as the story of the song is unveiled with a mix of tempos; we have a thread of continuity Karen Lovely’s vocals her understanding of the blues.

Looming with intent is countrified Big Black Cadillac, this is no city slicker leading into for me the song of the album Hades’ Bride (There Was A Time); a slow burner as Lovely explores domestic violence and sexual assault.  Opening with beautiful acoustic guitar tones from Al Bonhomme, the mournful tones picked up by the searing violin and deeper tone of cello creating the tonal palette of the track. The story is sung by Karen with thoughtful delivery of the prose as blues and country meld in a perfect flowing harmony across words of pain and control; as wings are clipped and punches thrown. Emotive words spun with shrewd connections.  Atlas, the world on his shoulders, Frazier’s punch and the use of being the Bride of Hades  heroes from myths pulled together with clever phrases creating the allusion that all is well whilst underneath living‘s hell. Hades Bride a love song, how it can be distorted turned hateful with the control and misuse of power creating a life full of hurt and pain feels like a true story from the past many have lived through. And sadly, many still living through. For Karen this is more than a song as she actively supports RAINN USA’s largest anti sexual violence organisation.

How to follow that opening to the second half of the album, with explosive upbeat sound of Molotov Cocktails. Doug Pettitone’s guitar is sharp underpinning the vocals. The tempo maybe upbeat there is a darker feel once again front the chords of the organ and guitar as Karen sings, “let’s have another round of Molotov Cocktails”.  The song as you would expect form Karen is not a girls night out in a cocktail bar having fun it is the darker underbelly of geo-politics of living in a world surrounded by social justice.

All change as we shuffle into Chicago for an optimistic number Next Time things will be better! Closing out the album we have a country fair vibe almost a jug band sound as  Punk Rock meets Johnny Cash. Vocals observe a busker playing for nickles and dimes in a subway. Once again gritty side of life is captured in a few words in a melodic cry as a picture of now is painted by Karen Lovely’s vocals and words. Closing with a The River’s Wide, we are back at the waters side. Down by the water with the Hammond Organ and Karen’s soulful vocals as once again we visit pain divisions widen.

Karen brings a fluidity to the album it flows and no track is a Fish Outta Water; this is an album that feels at home in any lover of modern blues infused with country and soul collections.  This is an album where the song is the key and every track tells a story you want to hear. Stupendous album of blues that demands you to listen to. With every play you hear another crafted lick; astute vocal phrasing. Fish Outta Water never when in the company of Karen Lovely. I recommend you explore the album it is full of hidden depths; no written review will ever be able to convey.

Karen Lovely – Fish Outta Water

TENpawprint half inchdoodle paws out of TEN ….

Track Listing

  1. Fish Outta Water
  2. Under The Midnight Sun
  3. Twist My Fate
  4. Waking Up The Dead
  5. Big Black Cadillac
  6. Everything Means Nothing
  7. Hades Bride (There Was A Time)
  8. Molotov Cocktails
  9. Next Time
  10. Nice and Easy
  11. Punk Rock Johnny Cash
  12. The Rivers Wide


Fish Outta Water not Karen Lovely Singing Blues


Bluesdoodles – Pick Of The Bunch 2015

Pick Of The Bunch 2015 ~
The order is random all are brilliant and in with a shout for the Bluesdoodles Dozen of 2015..

These are from the albums I have listened to and reviewed throughout 2015 – this is my subjective collection happy for others to disagree. Bluesdoodles wants to thank every artist who has submitted music to be reviewed I listen and will always be honest and fair

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Fish – A Feast Of Consequences
Joel Fisk & The Breakdown – The Well
Dan Patlansky – Dear Silence Thieves
John Mayall – A Special Life
Giles Hedley – Rain Is Such A Lonesome Sound
Lisa Mills – I’m Changing re-mix
Kathryn Roberts & Sean Lakeman – Tomorrow Will Follow Today
Ian Siegal – One Night In Amsterdam
Dani Wilde – Songs About
Joe Satriani – Shockwave Supernova
Guy Tortora – Bluesman In A Boneyard
Danny & The Champions of the World – What Kind Of Love
Gill Landry – Gill Landry
LaVendore Rogue – Light Up With
Mark Pontin – Textures
Aynsley Lister – Home
Samantha Fish – Wild Heart
Little Devils – The Storm Inside
Erja Lyytinen – Live In London
Beth Hart – Better Than Home
David Phillips – If I Had Wings
Karen Lovely – Ten Miles of Bad Road
Micke Bjorklof & Blues Strip – Ain’t Bad Yet
King King – Reaching For The Light
Devon Allman – Ragged and Dirty
Joe Louis Walker – Everybody Wants A Piece
Danni Nicholls – Mockingbird Lane
Layla Zoe – Live at The Spirit of 66
Joel Hoekstra’s 13 – Dying To Live
Chantel McGregor – Lose Control
Babajack – Babajack Live
Jar Family – Family First
Craig Finn – Faith In The Future
Buddy Guy – Born To Play Guitar
Delta Deep – Delta Deep
Kaz Hawkins – Get Ready
Groanbox – Groanbox
Jimbo Mathus – Blue Healer
Eddie Martin Big Red Radio- Live in Tuscany
Mike Zito & The Wheel – Keep Coming Back
Connie Lush – Renaissance
AndersonPonty Band – Better Late Than Never
Walter Trout – Battle Scars

Karen Lovely – Singing Ten Miles Of Bad Road

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An album full of the blues, deep and dark with the vocals sparkling with the depth of a perfect sapphire. Karen’s vocals throughout Ten Miles Of Bad Road, have a seductive quality drawing you deep into the music and curling around the lyrics. Her tones colour the lyrics with a compendium of moods, sometimes blue and brooding, then teasing and other times with hints of joy; Karen’s voice is the centerpiece of the whole album. The instrumentation builds and flows away as the perfect foil for the emotion Karen is portraying the result is an album that like any road has a range of surfaces and takes you on a journey filled with mystery of experiences that leaves you feeling emotionally engaged.

The opening track Low Road with a blues signature opening of searing guitar from Alan Mirikitani, his understanding of the movement within the music is understandable as he co-wrote the number. Added to the mood are d Jim Pugh’s keys setting the mood and then the voice that you just sit and enjoy understanding the vocals that curl around the keys. The mood changes on Ten Miles Of Bad Road, with tracks that vary the tempo, mood and colouring of the blues. Wow what an intro to Cross The Water, this is a song that flows with a deep beauty that shimmers as you are drenched in the attention Karen pours into the lyrics. Upbeat and sassy You Stole My Heart; with the line “It’s my car I want back”; no mournfulness here this isn’t self-pitying it is about moving on; the tempo set by the drums of Tony Braunagel and the backing vocals adds another layer of sound. Save Me is deep in the blues with a beat that cajoles you and swirls around and sets shiver up your blues backbone, tempo changes again with a boisterousness full of intense energy as Frank the Spank closes the album with a high-octane hit of joy. Johnny Lee’s guitar once again adds a stunning guitar tone to this and Blue Valentine and Better Place is augmented by his talented guitar.

Ten Miles of Bad Road, is thirteen carefully selected numbers the majority written/co-written by Karen and her perspective of contemporary blues shines through with the link between narrative and melody the capturing of fleeting emotions. The session musicians bring a tonal depth and they punctuate the feel but never drown out each other or Karen it is about perfect phrasing of the notes. Ten Miles of Bad Road is blues you what to hear again and again and with every airing another nuanced lyric will hit home as they reflect your mood. A massive thanks to every fan of Karen Lovely who made this musical journey possible through their generous donations now we can all hear Ten Miles of Bad Road whenever and as often as we like!

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

Track Listing

1. Low Road (A Mirikitani, D Walker)
2. Company Graveyard ((A Mirikitani)
3. A Better Place (K. Lovely; M den. Haring)
4. Ignorance (It Ain’t Bliss) (V. Dodson, D Fleschner, K. Lovely)
5. Cross the Water (A Mirikitani, D Walker)
6. Ten Miles of Bad Road (K. Lovely, D Fleschner, C Salgado)
7. I Want to Love You (D Fleschner)
8. You Stole My Heart (V. Dodson, D Fleschner, K. Lovely)
9. Always Love You (K. Lovely)
10. Blues Valentine (K. Lovely)
11. Save Me (K. Lovely, D Fleschner)
12. I’m Over Goodbye (K. Lovely, D Fleschner)
13. Frank The Spank (K. Lovely, D Fleschner)