The brain child of the incomparable Grammy nominated Kate Hart; The Seattle Women in Rhythm and Blues has been a long time favorite at regional festivals since their inception in 1991. Although there have been many line-up changes since the creation of Seattle Women, this CD highlights the cream of the crop.
Self-produced by Kate Hart, We Are Not Good Girls is a compilation of live and studio recordings from these Pacific Northwest Blue's Divas. The recordings, which range from 1991 to 1995 are a combination of standards and originals which capture the rough edges as well as the vulnerability of each and every one of these incredible performers.
Putting egos to the side, these performers are just as effective backing each other as they are in the spotlight.
L.J. Porter can take any song and create a divine manifestation, as she does on Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago. Recorded live in 1992 while the Women were opening for the legendary B.B. King, this track is gutsy and raw.
The classic Willie Dixon I'm Ready combine the sheering vocals of the Northwest's First Lady of Blues, Kathi McDonald and the fierce guitar work of Mark Riley (who appears on much of this CD and is currently working with Little Bill). Demonstrating her vocal range, McDonald also takes on the timeless I'd Rather Go Blind.
Award winning songwriter Beth Wulff adds her gospel inspired vocals to the Wulff original I Go All To Pieces. This studio version is moving and includes backing vocals provided by, Angel of the Morning, Merlilee Rush.
Recorded live in Salem, Oregon, the unrivaled and legendary Patti Allen belts out a rendition of Chain Of Fools, which could rival the original Aretha version.
It would impossible to choose a favorite track off this collection. With the sheer talent and diversity provided by each of these artists combined with first-rate musicians, this disc not only offers an eclectic mix of blues, gospel, and soul, but also a glimpse into the heart of the very strong Seattle blues scene.
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