Review – Toots Lorraine – Make It Easy

Posted on: Saturday, Mar 28, 2015

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Toots Lorraine – Make It Easy

(Greaseland)

Now this is a straight blues album – unusually for a contemporary album, there is no rock influence at all, but there is a strong Chicago or West Coast club blues feel, with guitarist Chad Mo exhibiting a strong Otis Rush/ Magic Sam/ Freddie King/ T-Bone Walker feel whilst vocalist Toots gives it all she’s got, singing the blues – not soul or rock.

Take a listen to the slow and moody ‘Hindsight’ for a good example. A little oddly, Toots does not change the gender of the lyrics for her storming version of Howling Wolf’s ‘Built For Comfort’; the only other borrowed items are the closer, Jimmie Vaughan/ Mac Rebennack’s gospel styled ‘Love The World’, with a slight Hill Country approach, the old spiritual ‘Wade In The Water’ revived in the 60s and the basis for this version, Big Joe Turner’s ‘Low Down Dog’ on which Toots reveals a mighty powerful set of lungs, and a rollicking cover of Big Mama Thornton’s ‘Let Your Tears Fall Baby’.

This set was recorded at Kid Andersen’s famous Greaseland Studios in California and indeed, Kid helps out guitar, vocals and piano occasionally here; all credit to the band themselves though, this is a wonderful set for all the real blues lovers in the house!

NORMAN DARWEN

www.tootslorraine.com

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