Barbara Blue Memphis Blue Sweet Strong & Tight

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Barbara Blue
BIG Blue Records
Producer: Lawrence ‘Boo’ Mitchell
Number of discs: 1

Memphis’ Barbara Blue has stayed close to home for this album which was recorded at Royal Studios, produced by Lawrence ‘Boo’ Mitchell and features songs mainly taken from Memphis writers past and present, with Barbara having a hand in five of the songs. As one might expect from the recording location, the album covers a wide range of styles including soul, rock and roll and country.

The musicians are a who’s who of Memphis music: The Royal Rhythm Section has Lester Snell on Wurlitzer, Rev Charles Hodges on B3, Leroy ‘Flick’ Hodges or David Smith on bass, Steve Potts on drums and Michael Tols on guitar; The Royal Horns feature Lannie McMillan on sax, Joe Spake on baritone, Marc Franklin on trumpet and Steve Graham or Jason Yasinsky on trombone. The guests include Bobby Rush on harp, Ronnie Earl on guitar, Sonny Barbato on accordion and piano, Dedric Davis on trumpet, Cody Dickinson on washboard and Shontelle and Sharisse Norman on backing vocals on two tracks.

Track List
1 Off 4:22
2 Time To Cry 3:19
3 Rudy’s Blues 2:42
4 VooDoo Woman 3:53
5 Me & Jesus 5:10
6 Rolling Up On Me 3:45
7 Love Is After Me 3:01
8 Coat & Hat 4:33
9 Sweet, Strong & Tight 3:32
10 I’m Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down 3:25
11 SuperBlues 4:26
12 Memphis Stomp 3:25
13 800 Mile Blues 4:53

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