Review: Girls With Guitars Live

Posted on: Thursday, Oct 4, 2012

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Girls With Guitars Live
(Ruf Records: RUF 1182)

Girls With Guitars Live forms part of the Ruf Records Blues Caravan 2012 project and includes both a CD and a DVD. The live recording was made at Musichall Worpswede in Germany. The girls concerned are singer/guitarists Dani Wilde and Samantha Fish and bass guitarist Victoria Smith. Dani and Victoria are both from Brighton and Samantha from Kansas City. Victoria Smith forms the rhythm section with drummer Denis Palatin.

The CD comprises twelve tracks, eight of which are original compositions (four each by Wilde and Fish), and opens with a version of the Jagger/Richards number, “Bitch”. Dani Wilde then leads the charge on two of her own compositions, “Don’t Go Making Me Cry” and the smouldering shuffle “Red Blooded Woman”, before Samantha Fish leads an impassioned rendition of “I Put A Spell On You”, followed by the rolling and tumbling “Leaving Kind” and ten long minutes of anguished brooding in the shape of “Money To Burn”.

Dani Wilde returns to centre stage with the excellent title song from her Juice Me Up album and a heart-wrenching performance of Smokey Robinson’s “Who’s Loving You”. Samantha’s “Down In The Swamp” is appropriately titled while Dani’s upbeat rocker, “Mississippi Kisses” features some energetic interplay between the two lead performers on guitar. Samantha then delivers the title track from her debut Runaway album with its foot-tapping rockabilly beat keeping drummer Denis Palatin in full flow throughout. The CD is concluded with the medium-paced country rocker “Jet Airliner” with lead vocals and harmonies equally shared by the leading ladies.

The DVD contains fifteen numbers – eleven of the tracks on the CD (“Bitch” is omitted) plus Lenny Kravitz’s “Are You Gonna Go My Way”, a seemingly endless version of “Funk #49”, which includes lengthy drum and bass solos, Dani Wilde’s “Falling” and Samantha Fish’s “Other Side Of The Bottle”.

This compilation is arguably the pick of the girl-based Blues Caravan productions, incorporating powerful vocals, impressive guitar work and a range of excellent original compositions.


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