Out of the Blue
(Bark at the Moon Music)
by Rich Benson
Review date: June 2003
"Keeping the Blues Alive Award"|
Achievement for Blues on the Internet
Presented by The Blues Foundation
Becky Barksdale can bring her voice down low, throaty, and sultry or she can make it soar high with passion, with a little break in it, like a sigh, near the top of her range. She uses this effectively several times on the CD, especially on "Bone in the Back." The passion and power of her singing is matched by her powerful guitar work. On "Satisfy Me" she matches the soaring passion of her vocals with full, powerful, ringing held guitar licks over a heavy, solid rhythm beat. Most of the tracks here are mid-tempo, rolling blues, with a couple rockers like "Hip Shake" blended into the nice mix of blues here. Becky wrote 9 of the 11 tracks. Her originals are well constructed to take advantage of both her vocal and instrumental talents. In addition to vocals and guitar, Becky plays bass on 7 of the tracks and drums on several others. If you like your blues served up with power, passion, and deep roots, then this CD should meet your tastes.
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