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Dee has been called “The Duchess Of The Blues” in her native Minneapolis, and here she lives up to that title with a strong, powerful and energetic set of gritty blues and soul. Etta James is obviously a strong influence, as can be heard not only on the sixties rhythm and blues sound of ‘Strongest Weakness’, with Craig Clark supplying some fiery wah wah guitar, but also with a gospel flavoured reworking of The Eagles’ classic ‘Take It To The Limit’, which Etta also covered. These two follow the aptly titled opener, ‘Hot And Sweaty’, and lead into the rocking title track, an infectious duet between Dee and Craig, and the boogie-woogie of ‘Back In The Saddle’, also featuring fine sax work. ‘Last Two Dollars’ is a fine rendition of this soul-blues classic, ‘I Sing The Blues’ is just that, and The Tedeschi/ Trucks number ‘Midnight In Harlem’ is nicely wistful, with lovely harmonica by Steve “Boom Boom” Vonderharr behind Dee’s wonderfully soulful vocal. ‘Black Cat Bone’ gets a jazzy, funky feel very much in the vein of Albert Collins, and Craig’s vocal fits like a glove. This very entertaining and convincing album closes out with a tough version of Café RnB/ Mary Jo Curry’s ‘Steppin’’ with everyone taking Dee and Craig’s lead and getting down-home and gritty on this grinding blues.
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