Review: Cherry Lee Mewis – Little Girl Blue
Posted on: Sunday, Nov 18, 2007
CHERRY LEE MEWIS
“Little Girl Blue”
(Self-release – CLM01)
All the way from that hotbed of the blues – Colwyn Bay, North Wales – comes 22 years old Cherry Lee Mewis – with a most appealing collection of old-time, jazzy blues – all delivered with her fine husky voice, with just the right amount of grit and soulfulness when required.
With excellent production from Max Milligan and ex-Argent member, John Verity, she is able to deliver the songs backed by the sympathetic, non-obtrusive playing of the afore-mentioned Milligan on a variety of acoustic guitars, bass and mandolin; the stand-up bass of Dave Jenkins and harmonica from Jeff Dakin, with John Verity contributing backing vocals and some guitar.
The generous 14-song collection spans around 80 years – from the twenties songs of Memphis Minnie and Jelly Roll Morton up to a nice take on the late Jeff Buckley’s “Everybody Here Wants You” – featured here as a bonus track.
Cherry Lee certainly gives her all on this album – and any fan of the best lady blues singers will find a lot to appeal – highlights being Robert Johnson’s “Red Hot”; the traditional “Wade In The Water” and Jimmy Reed’s great “Shame, Shame, Shame” – with Milligan’s acoustic guitar picking to the fore!
The original “Ugly Night” sees Jeff Dakin supplying some nice harmonica, with another nod to her influences on an a capella performance on Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz”; with a vocal duet featuring John Verity of Koko Taylor’s “The Man Next Door”.
This is a most promising release from a new name to me – a nice album all-round and I would suggest, a young lady to watch out for!
There are of course YouTube clips
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