Review: Cassie Taylor – Blue

Posted on: Tuesday, Apr 26, 2011

Cassie Taylor Blue CD

CASSIE TAYLOR
“Blue”
(Hypertension Music – HYP 11276
)

Cassie Taylor is the daughter of highly acclaimed bluesman, Otis Taylor. Her pride in that relationship is made clear by her choice of name for her myspace account, daughterofabluesman. Cassie is a songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist and that versatility is confirmed by her composition of all ten numbers on this album and, in addition to her lead vocals, her playing bass and piano. She is backed by Jeremy Colson on drums, James Rooster Olson on guitars and Steve Marriner on harp. Other contributions are made by guitarists Eric Gales, Tim Tucker and Rusty Anderson, Fat Willie on B3 organ and four female backing singers.

The album bounces into life with “Memphis” before the pace is eased by “Spoken For” and “Black Copy”, a couple of slow, bluesy numbers, the former complete with wailing harp. “Goodbye” boasts an insistent drum beat and some spiky guitar riffs while “Bought Borrowed Stolen” is a mellow love song. “Keys” has a country feel to it and another helping of harp and “Make Me Cry” provides a swampy, Tony Joe Whitish ambience. “Haunted” is adorned with a Tales of the Unexpected-like guitar theme whereas “Disappointment” is a bluesy ballad with tremolo-enhanced guitar and some fine backing vocals. Finally, “Waste Of Time” is a philosophical ballad with sensitive guitar and piano accompaniment.

This is a pleasant CD, comprising several well-written numbers, which suit Cassie Taylor’s gentle vocals, which are more Joanne Shaw Taylor than Connie Lush. Cassie will be touring extensively in Europe, including the UK, as a member of the Blues Caravan 2011 – Girls With Guitars, together with Dani Wilde and Samantha Fish.

Cassie Taylor’s MySpace Page
Cassie Taylor Band Website

LIONEL ROSS

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