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   Blame Sally are a quartet of singer-songwriters from San Francisco whose girl band side project has been steadily gathering a head of steam over the dozen years of their collaboration, resulting in a recent lucrative record deal and, this autumn, their first visit as a band to the UK. A rock band with folk/acoustic leanings, they cover a fair amount of musical ground with songs like Bird in Hand and Orange at the gently (and beautifully) acoustic end of their spectrum, and rousing, danceable rock numbers like Living Without You at the noisier end. This latter song sounds pretty much like Roxette to me and I guess Blame Sally’s chameleon qualities have precluded them having a strong identity of their own, to my ears at least. On this live album they cover Fleetwood Mac’s Never Going Back Again, a song which fits them like a glove and maybe epitomises that dual folk/rock sound that is their natural metier. It’s a really good version of the song, and perhaps it’s telling that it neither subtracts from, nor adds to, memories of the original.

           Live at KVIE Studios was recorded last winter as part of a fundraising effort for the Public Broadcasting Service and half of this set is lifted from their most recent studio album, Speeding Ticket and a Valentine. The four women (Pam Delgado, Renee Harcourt, Jeri Jones and Monica Pasqual) are joined by their regular bassist, Rob Strom. Collectively they’re as tight as you could hope a rock band to be and with the lead vocals swapped around a bit, there is plenty of variation in the sound to enjoy. The women give strong support to each other on backing vocals and, most of all, they play with a relish and enjoyment that is infectious and inclusive. They close the album with a cover of Chain of Fools, which takes them outside their natural territory, I think. It doesn’t sound properly worked out to me and certainly doesn’t compare well with the widescreen grandeur of Big, Big Bed or the light touch that they bring to Bird in Hand. For the most part, though, these gals are hugely entertaining – value for money, as one of my friends’ highest compliments would have it.

John Davy

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September 2018

1
The Devil Makes Three
70 pts.
Chains Are Broken
New West
FC,JB,RK,TJ,LK
2
Jimmy LaFave
65 pts.
Peace Town
Music Road Records
PKO
3
Malcolm Holcombe
48 pts.
Come Hell Or High Water
Gypsy Eyes Music
FB,JBO
4
Cody Canada & the Departed
47 pts.
3
Blue Rose Records
CVL,DHO
5
Jeffrey Foucault
43 pts.
Blood Brothers
Blueblade Records
MB,SZ
6
The War And Treaty
42 pts.
Healing Tide
Thirty Tigers
FCE,AL,MG
7
Martha Fields
40 pts.
Dancing Shadows
Independent
SP,DH,RST,RW
8
The Weight Band
35 pts.
World Gone Mad
Must Have Music
DD,CRS,BM
9
David Olney
32 pts.
This Side Or The Other
Black Hen Music
LM
 
The Black Sorrows
32 pts.
Citizen John
Blue Rose Records
 
11
Robbie Fulks and Linda Gail Lewis
31 pts.
Wild Wild Wild
Bloodshot Records
GS
12
Hadley McCall Thackston
28 pts.
Hadley McCall Thackston
Wolfe Island Records
 
 
Nathan Bell
28 pts.
Er Gwaetha Pawb a Phopeth
Angry Stick
PK
14
Curse Of Lono
26 pts.
As I Fell
Submarine Cat Records
MM,JF
15
Ryan Martin
25 pts.
Gimme Some Light
High Moon
 
 
Stephen Simmons
25 pts.
Gall
Locke Creek Records
TK,HDB
17
Jason McNiff
23 pts.
Joy And Independence
At The Helm Records
 
 
Jim Lauderdale
23 pts.
Time Flies
Yep Roc
 
 
Kevin Gordon
23 pts.
Tilt and Shine
Crowville Media
MP
20
Eliza Gilkyson
21 pts.
Secularia
Red House Records
KG,JJC
21
Boz Scaggs
20 pts.
Out Of the Blues
Concord Records
BH,JSM
 
Lucero
20 pts.
Among The Ghosts
Thirty Tigers
JJ
 
Melissa Carper & Rebecca Patek
20 pts.
Brand New Old-Time Songs
Independent
MW
24
The Jayhawks
17 pts.
Back Roads and Abandoned Motels
Legacy
 
25
Lori McKenna
16 pts.
Tree
Cn Records

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