Review: Low Society – You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down

Posted on: Wednesday, Nov 26, 2014

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Low Society – You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down

(Icehouse: IHR 9502)

Big, bold blues, rollicking R&B, steaming soul – OK, enough of the alliteration, but hopefully you get the picture. Led by leather-lunged Mandy Lemons, Low Society is a feisty four-piece, with Sturgis Nikides sizzling on guitar, and bassist Nick Dodson and drummer Mike Munn a pile-driving powerhouse of a rhythm section.

There is southern blues-rock here, Memphis soul, borrowings from Koko Taylor and Memphis Minnie, an almost theatrical blues number in the vein of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, folk-inflected blues and some rock and roll, and veteran Memphis saxman Herman Green guesting.

Imagine The Rolling Stones jamming with Z.Z. Top at The Stax Studio, maybe with Tina Turner taking the vocals and Mississippi John Hurt plugging in occasionally, and you’ll begin to get an inkling of this band’s approach.

NORMAN DARWEN

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