Review: Markey – Blue EP

Posted on: Thursday, Dec 22, 2011

MARKEY
“Blue” 4-track EP
(I55 Productions)

Here’s a nice 4-track taster for a forthcoming album from Nashville singer Markey – aka Jill Jeannette Markey – recently voted Best Female Blues Singer in the city’s 2011 Blues Music Awards . . . however the tracks here have a very much ‘Made in Memphis’ feel, with her signed to I55 Productions and musicians such as Brad Webb and Tony Adams involved, although they were recorded both in Nashville and Memphis studios.

The lady possesses a fine voice and has had a hand in all four songs here, two written solo and two co-writes, including the lead cut, “Rock Me”, that rides a nice funky blues groove, with punchy horns, sweet keyboards and a piercing guitar solo; the following “Comin’ Home” is the pick of the four, riding on a dirty slide riff with some tasteful harmonica . . . could that be Brad Webb on the guitar duties? . . . it’s a lowdown blues with Markey’s tough vocal out front, with some nice backing singers and handclaps.

The pace is taken down on the slow blues “When It Rains It Pours”, with the band dropping into a nice groove and outstanding playing from all concerned on the song, co-penned by bass player Bill Bois and Markey herself. The closing self-penned “Sweet Corrina Shine” is a nod to one of her heroes, Bo Diddley, and rides on one of his trademark guitar riffs and more harmonica.

A promising introduction to a new name and one that suggests the album will be well worthy of checking out!

GRAHAME RHODES

www.markeyblues.com

www.iblues.com

www.i55productions.com

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