Review – Laura Tate – I Must Be Dreaming – A Tribute To The Music Of Mel Harker

Posted on: Tuesday, Jul 21, 2015

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Laura Tate – I Must Be Dreaming – A Tribute To The Music Of Mel Harker

(Independent)

I would probably have passed over this release had it not been for a brief mention that Laura does sometimes sing the blues. Born in Dallas, Laura is an actress and film producer in addition ot being a singer, and she lists her influences as everyone form Tony Bennett and Linda Ronstadt to Bonnie Raitt, Billie Holiday (try ‘I Must Be Dreaming’) and James Brown, and traces of all those can certainly be found here – so for this CD it is a case of “file under Americana”, I guess.

I had never heard of songwriter Mel Harker either, but he seems to work across country, jazz and blues to judge by the material here, including the throbbing country/ blues/ rock of ‘Snake Tattoo’ and ‘Dead End Road’. ‘Talk Is Cheap’ is a strong modern blues with an excellent arrangement and vocal, which does prove that Laura can certainly sing the blues when she wants to.

Fellow Texan Teresa James obviously agrees too, as she can be heard as either backing vocalist or pianist on many of these numbers. Overall, purists can safely ignore this set, but if your tastes are wide enough to encompass all those names just mentioned, do check this out.

NORMAN DARWEN

www.musicbylauratate.com

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