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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
Innocent Words Magazine & Records - November 2016
Loved, Blessed and Blues
by: Rick J. Bowen, VP Washington Blues Society
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.
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.