Review: Cherry Lee Mewis – Heard It Here First

Posted on: Thursday, Mar 22, 2012

Cherry Lee Mewis Heard It Here First CD Cover

“Heard It Here First”
(CherryJam Music CLM03)

Singer/songwriter Cherry Lee Mewis, originally from Mochdre in Wales but now based in Bedford, is supported on this her third album by guitarists Max Milligan and Nick Slater, drummer Flow and Robbie Stewart-Mathews, who contributes to the mix on bass, harp and banjo. The album comprises eleven tracks, six composed by Cherry in conjunction with Max Milligan, two solely by Milligan and one by Nick Slater. There are also two traditional melodies arranged by the band and one cover version.

The album swings into action with “Man Overboard”, followed by a couple of jazzy numbers, “Goin’ Down (To Memphis Tennessee)” and “He Wants More”. There is a splendid version of Papa Charlie
Jackson’s “Keep It Clean”, which features some lovely work by Max
Milligan on guitar, Fender jazz bass and mandolin. “Way To Your Heart” is a gentle love song while “On Loan” benefits from a tasty helping
of slide guitar from Milligan and some added flavour from Robbie Stewart-Mathews on harp.

On “Just Can’t Live Without You”, Cherry’s excellent vocals are beautifully accompanied by Milligan and Slater. The angst-ridden “Hunt You Down” is then followed by the upbeat “Long Distance Lover”, which delivers a glorious touch of Django Rheihardt. The final two numbers, the instrumental “Sittin’ On The Porch” and “Legend”, a warm tribute to Cherry’s grandad, provide a delightful coda to the album with both tracks all too short at less than two minutes long to complete a pleasantly varied and enjoyable compilation.

Cherry Lee Mewis Website

Lionel Ross

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