Tryin To Get Over
Midwest Records -
July 2018 - Richard L'Hommedieu
LADY A/Doin' Fine:
There's something in the water down in Muscle Shoals because Lady A turns in a set that's loaded all the jumping, bumping action you could find packed in to a hot Malaco release--and she didn't even need them to do it. Steeped in gospel but digging the secular, Lady A is a sister that can do it for herself and shows the blueprint to skeptics. A hard hitting set encompassing all forms of southern soul from the church to the juke joint, this is smoking slice of the real deal from someone that has more than earned a keeping the blues alive award. Hot stuff.
Friday Blues Fix Blog ~ Blues Bytes
Graham Clarke - December 2016
Lady A has been a fixture on the Pacific Northwest blues scene for nearly 20 years. She’s toured with and opened for an impressive list of blues stars, including Denise LaSalle, Little Milton, Bobby Rush, Super Chikan, and Shemekia Copeland, and Dexter Allen. Her previous two albums have both been nominated for Blues Music Awards, and her third release, Loved, Blessed & Blues looks poised to follow suit in short order.
Lady A's Loved, Blessed & Blues CD project had her venture to Joey Robinson’s JRob Studios in Jackson, MS for this excellent set of soul/blues. She composed four of the ten tracks, with her longtime collaborator/producer John Oliver III writing three, and new producer Dexter Allen contributed a pair. Allen mans the guitar, bass, and piano, while Robinson doubles up on keyboards and drums and Lady A’s sultry, smoky vocals do the rest.
Lady A pays tribute to a list of many of these artists in the title track, a smooth shuffle which opens the disc. “Honey Hush” is a funk-driven recalling some life lessons learned at an early age, and “Don’t Let Your Blues Become A Crime” finds Lady A testifying with a punch backed by Allen’s lead guitar and a velvety cushion of keyboards.
The sassy “If You Don’t Want It – Don’t Waste It” is sage advice, soul-blues style, and “Tired Too!” is a feisty rebuke of Allen’s 2015 hit “I’m Tired.” “Love Calling” is a solid slow burning ballad, and “Trouble On My Mind” finds Lady A fretting about a man she can’t get out of her head. Allen joins Lady A on “Happy,” an exuberant slice of Chicago-styled soul blues, and “Take Me Back To Seattle” is a charming love letter to Lady A’s home base. The album closes with the spiritual “Somebody Here Needs You Lord.”
If you enjoyed southern soul blues over the past couple of decades from labels like, say….Malaco Records or Ecko Records for example, Lady A and Love, Blessed & Blues should do the trick nicely.
Lady "A" has been a Pacific NW Blues favorite for many years and is known as “The Hardest Workin Woman in Blues, Soul & Funk”. Her love of blues and soul music is generally likened to a pot of Louisiana Gumbo... throw in a mixture of soul, funk, the musicians and a venue, it makes for the best hand clappin’, foot-stoppin’ and dancin’ experience you can throw all together. This husky-sultry voice vixen mesmerizes audiences from Seattle to Portland; Memphis to Mississippi, has toured Europe, and like a good gumbo, Lady "A" is best served HOT!
She has opened for such artist as Denise LaSalle, the late Little Milton, Shemekia Copeland, Dr. John; has toured with Bobby Rush, Eden Brent, Dexter Allen, Super Chikan, Waylon Thibodeaux, Charles and Charmaine Neville and been on stage with such artist as the late, Michael Burks, Kenny Neal, Gospel favorites, The Lee Boys, Peter Dammann, Janiva Magness, and Howlin Mad "Bill" Perry.
Always in High Demand ~ with a show not to be missed, Lady A "Serves it Up" to her audiences at all times.
Tel. 601-506-7637 or 425-518-9100
Makin A Scene Magazine
Richard Ludmerer 2018
Lady A- Doin Fine
Anita White a.k.a. Lady A makes her home in the greater Seattle area. She has been a Pacific NW Blues favorite for over a decade and has been called “the hardest workin’ woman in Blues, Soul & Funk”. Her high energy performances showcase her husky but sultry voice. Lady A released her debut recording “BlueZ in the Key of Me” in 2010; and followed up with 2013’s “How Did I Get Here”. She has opened for the late Denise LaSalle, the iconic Little Milton, Dr. John and Shemekia Copeland; and has toured or been on stage with the late Charles Neville, Grammy winner Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal and Sugarray Rayford among others. Her last album, released in 2016, was “Loved, Blessed and Blues”.
Currently The Lady A Band includes musical director, writer and arranger Dexter Allen, guitar and bass; Joey Robinson, piano; and Chris “Rattlesnake” Minter or Joey Robinson, drums. The background vocals are sung by Allen and/or Lady A.
All of the songs lyrics were written by Lady A except one. On the title track she sings “Woke up this mornin’ sunlight in my eyes, smell of coffee, know it’s time to rise…headed down to Jackson Mississippi that’s my 2nd home…hop a flight to Sweden, Cruise to France, singin everywhere I can…45 tryin to turn us one against another…how we get around that, love ya sisters and brothers, no time for negativity…you ask me how I’m doin’, baby I’m lovin life and I’m Doin’ Fine.”
“Tryin To Get Over” features words and music from Paul Richardson. Seattle pianist Richardson, who wrote the song back in the 1970’s, takes the piano solo.
On “The Ride” and again on “Next Time U C Me” Robinson wins the MVP award as he serves triple duty playing, piano, organ and even overdubbing the horns.
“When I was a young girl, didn’t want much a nuthin’, but now I’m a woman, I want everything…try to make a difference, come on let’s Change The World.” Lady A’s gospel inspired vocal will help to straighten things out. The background vocals by Allen and Lady A complete this fabulous production.
On “Roof Over My Head” and again on the beautiful “Glad To Know You” the words and music are by John Oliver III. The later is an absolutely fabulous vocal performance by Lady A.
Play this musical gumbo loud as Lady A serves it up hot. Each of the musicians involved make a significant contribution to making this album her best yet. Repeated listening will only make you love her more.
2016 – Self-Released
By Phillip Smith; Oct. 2, 2016
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 Anita White, aka 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.