Review: Mary Bridget Davies – Wanna Feel Somethin’

Posted on: Friday, May 4, 2012

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Mary Bridget Davies – Wanna Feel Somethin’

(Self-release: Distributed by CD Baby)

Hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, and now based in Kansas City, Mary Bridget Davies vocals evoke the late, great Janis Joplin, and indeed her musical joruney is dotted with connections to the afore-mentioned Joplin, having played the lady on stage in a musical, “Love, Janis”, and being chosen from 150 actors who auditioned; then fronting Big Brother & The Holding Co., Joplin’s original band, which resulted in US and European tours.

Now out on her own, “Wanna Feel Somethin'” is a showcase for her mighty fine gritty and soulful voice, backed by her regular band members, namely Dave Hayes (guitar and vocals), Gary Roberts (bass and vocals) and Joe Voye (drums and vocals), ably assisted by Chris Hazelton (keyboards and vocals), Pete Carroll (trumpet and vocals) and Nick Rowland (saxophone and vocals).

The ten tracks on offer feature seven originals and three most interesting covers. The album kicks off with the strutting “Your Kinda Love”, which rides on Hayes tough guitar work and the lady’s exceptional vocals. The band co-write “Won’t Pay You Mind” is a blues shuffle, again dominated by Hayes guitar. The more moody “Same Ol’ Blues” features a smouldering Joplin-like vocal and has a jazzy tinge to it.

The soulful groove of “Real Thing” is driven by the excellent horns of Pete Carroll and Nick Rowland and is a stand out here. “Gettin’ Stronger” opens with a wicked slide intro from Dave Hayes and is a lowdown blues, which leads into the title cut, “Wanna Feel Somethin'”, another funky strut, and which highlights the keyboard work of Chris Hazelton.

The three covers on offer sees firstly Davies and band tackling one of The Eagles finest songs in “Take It To The Limit”, and it’s perfectly suited for Davies and the band; Noel Gallagher’s “Wonderwall” is given a smoky, jazzy interpretation, that is definitely taking a chance, but to me works well. This fine debut blues album from Davies ends with more funk on Chi Coltrane’s “Thunder And Lightnin'”, and is a strong end, with nice grooves on offer again.

GRAHAME RHODES

www.marybridgetdavies.com

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