Review: Markey Blue – Hey Hey

Posted on: Monday, Nov 17, 2014

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Markey Blue – Hey Hey

(Soul O Sound Records: SOSRCD101)

Nashville’s Markey Blue – aka Jeannette Markey – first came to our attention a few years ago with a fine 4-track EP that introduced her soulful vocals to us. I’m pleased to report that her first full length offering, “Hey Hey”, is a lovely mix of Memphis-flavoured soul and blues, with 12 original tracks mainly penned by the lady herself and guitarist, Ric Latina.

The playing is top notch with a large cast assembled, unfortunately too big to name them all here. The afore-mentioned duo of Markey Blue and Ric Latina produced the album at several studios in Nashville, with the legendary Steve Cropper endorsing the lady and band in the liner notes, and indeed helping out on production duties on one track.

The music starts in an upbeat groove with the very fine “When Love Comes Along (Hey Hey) . . . it could be the perfect accompaniment for the U2 and BB King collaboration “When Love Comes To Town” . . . it certainly has that feel to it; it is followed by the mid-tempo soulful strut of “I Can’t Let You Go”, with smooth vocals from Markey Blue and kudos here to a very nice brass section. “Feeling Blue” is a Southern soul-influenced number, with a “I Can’t Stand The Rain” theme running through it, and is a standout song.

Other highlights are the aching vocal on “With You” and the funky “Voodoo Do” with some slinky slide guitar work. The pace is taken up for “Ain’t No Angel”, with the band again on top form behind Markey Blue’s voice; the closing “Baby I’m Cryin'” has lots of that trademark Memphis-style rhythm guitar with some fiery leads and is again in a sort of soulful blues area.

Highly recommended for all lovers of classy soul and blues from a lady I suggest we will be hearing a lot more of.

GRAHAME RHODES

www.markeyblue.com

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