Self-titled Teresa Watson Band Debut Blues Album
A self-titled debut from Teresa Watson Band is a clarion call I am back says Teresa in fine voice. Teresa has on her return to the vibrant North East blues scene surrounded herself with musicians that compliment her crushed-velvet vocals; smooth with an edge. Three members of the Groove-a-matics in the mix are guitarist John Whitehill and the rhythm section of bassist John Morgan and Barry Race on Drums. Joining this trio adding the extra tone is her long-standing keyboard player Paul Donaldson on Piano.
The ten tracks of carefully selected songs opens with Come On Mama, Earl Randall/Willie Mitchell number, the melodic cry of the vocals and the determined beat underlying the song works perfectly; a band in harmony. There is from the oft an innate understanding between the musicians as Teresa sings Come To Mamma; with a mix of reflective yearning and a demand I am in charge.
Half-way through the album, Whitehall’s guitar acts as a melodic punctuation for Teresa as Leap of Faith reflects that it has taken self-belief to re-launch her career after a six-year break where she was sorely missed by her fans. Piano opening on Angel Of Montgomery a John Prine number, is the perfect foil of beat and tone for Teresa’s vocals full of yearning drama as the instrumentation grows.
Willie Dixon’s I Just Wanna Make Love To You is often covered and revitalized by this arrangement that suits the style of the band with its driving energy and reflective demands. The blues is strong throughout the album, tinted with soulful phrasing from Teresa Watson. As the album fades away you are left with the warm glowing memory of Need Your Love So Bad, slowly sung with a simplicity. The last number needs no introduction, here sung and played with an elegance that lingers.
Teresa Watson Band, delivers on their debut an album that is full of soulful blues, well sung, with the instrumentation shaped for the vocals. The album will be a welcomed addition for anyone who sees the band live and will via on-line sales increase the profile of a band that plays music that will always be pleasing to the ear.
Teresa Watson Band – Teresa Watson Band
SEVENdoodle paws out of TEN ….
- Come to Mama
- You Got Me Where You Want Me
- Breaking Down Slow
- Down Home Blues
- Leap of Faith
- Angel from Montgomery
- I Just Wanna Make Love To You
- Married to the Blues
- Love Me Like A Man
- Need Your Love So Bad