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LADY A/Loved, blessed & Blues: Think you're imagining that Malaco/Fame vibe here? Lady A was kicking this out on Jackson, MS so it's not your imagination. A solid, southern soul lady, this is going to take your ears to stops on all those Ace compilations that cover mighty, unreleased sides from those southern companies recorded back in the day. A real deal set throughout, this woman knows form whence she sings. A winner throughout.
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PhillyCheeze Blues Blog
By Phillip Smith; Oct. 2, 2016
Self-Released -Loved, Blessed & Blues - Lady A
When the mood hits for a nice blend of blues, funk & soul , it doesn’t get much better than taking in the intoxicating vocal sounds of Seattle songstress Lady A. Her latest album, Loved, Blessed & Stressed is an absolute splendor. White is joined by Dexter Allen (guitar, bass, piano and backing vocals) and Joey Robinson (drums, and keyboard).
One doesn’t have to be in a church house to be taken to church. Title track, “Love, Blessed & Blues” grabs ahold of me and vibrates right to the soul, dousing me in the blues gospel-style. Lady A gets the adrenalin flowing in the high-energy “Honey Hush (Tribute to Elnora)”. Play, listen and then repeat on this dance-friendly treat.
Lady A breaks out the funk George Clinton/Brides of Funkenstein style on “Take Me Back to Seattle”. I love the growly bass-line Allen plops down, and the cool little micro-rhythms Robinson adds on the keys. There’s a sweet Motown feeling imbedded in “Love Calling”, a smooth R&B slow song with beautiful vocals.
Loved Blessed & Blues puts me in my happy place with every listen, leaving me with a huge smile across my face.
Melanie Young- Oct 1, 2016
For vocalist Anita aka Lady A White's latest release, the Seattle native traveled to Mississippi to collaborate with Jackson-based musician and producer Dexter Allen, who also played guitar, bass and piano and provided background vocals. On "Loved, Blessed & Blues", her strong personality and rich contralto vocals combined with his smooth, polished production results in a solid set of contemporary soul blues.
There are several up-tempo, energetic numbers here, such as the title track - Lady A name checks soul-blues icons Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush, Johnnie Taylor and Al Green, and acknowledges that you an have the blues even when things are going good ("you're loved, you're blessed, just go the blues"). "Honey Hush" is a sassy tribute to her grandmother Elnora. "Tired Too!" answers Allen's song I'm Tired; "Take Me Back to Seattle" is a loving ode to her hometown. The album's highlight is "If You Don't Want it, Don't Waste It" - written by Allen. It's fun, empowering lyrics and catchy melody are radio and dance-floor ready.
The mood turns a little darker on the cautionary "Don't let Your Blues Become a Crime", as Lady A urges listeners that "temporary problems don't need no permanent solution." She shows a softer side on the gentle ballad "Love Calling" and ponders an disturber of her romantic peace on the restless "Trouble on My Mind".
Allen and White (Lady A) sing together on his rousing song "Happy", and their vocals and personalities are well matched; he lays down a sizzling guitar solo as well. The pleading gospel "Somebody Here Needs You Lord" serves as a benediction, drawing the session to a reverent close. Ultimately, Lady A's Loved, Blessed & Blues is just what its title suggests - a fine modern collection reflecting the many emotional shades of blues.
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www.innocentwords.com - August 2016 - Rick J. Bowen
Loved, Blessed and Blues
One of the hardest working women of the Northwest music community, Lady A, has released her third full-length album ‘Loved, Blessed and Blues.’ The title is not only the name of the opening track, but a reflection of the ten songs and Lady A’s philosophy on life, as she reflects and testifies to being blessed and loved and to the power of the blues.
The easy shuffling opening track name checks many icons of blues music and tells how the music can lift up your heart. The groove revs up another notch during “Honey Hush (A tribute to Elnora),” a guitar-driven funk with Lady A recanting a tale of life lessons given to her from her grandma.
Some tasty lead guitar and mighty Hammond B3 organ swirl around the gospel blues sermon “Don’t Let Your Blues Become a Crime.” She then delivers sassy advice to the lovelorn, “If You Don’t Want It Don’t Waste It.” The two-beat funk “Tired Too” is the scathing rebuke from a women scorned, while some sweet acoustic sounds lift up the R&B ballad “Love Calling.”
Dexter Allen joins Lady A on the heavy duty Chicago Blues ‘Happy,’ adding his rich baritone vocal barbs and hot lead guitar licks to the standout track. The playful “Take Me back To Seattle” should be adopted by the city’s office of tourism. Lady A then conjures up the full power of gospel music for the album closer, ‘Somebody Here Needs You Lord,’ delivering an altar call with her full-throated alto leading the choir of voices lifted to the heavens.
Lady A is more than just powerhouse vocalist, she is a gifted storyteller who imparts us with wisdom through the parables of the blues.