Review: Cheryl Lescom & The Tucson Choir Boys – 1953

Posted on: Monday, Sep 14, 2015


Cheryl Lescom & The Tucson Choir Boys – 1953

(Busted Flat Records)

Cheryl Lescom has been on the Canadian scene for some 35 years now, and has worked with the likes of Jeff Healey, Matt Minglewood, Dutch Mason, the Downchild Blues Band, Jack DeKeyser, Del Shannon, David Wilcox, Mel Brown, Paul James, Billy Durst and The Detroit Women.

Although rooted in the blues, “1953” has a bit of everything within it’s 11 tracks, with some rock ‘n’ roll, soulful balladry, and more . . . all making it a most enjoyable release from the big-voiced lady from Kitchener, Ontario . . . in the company of the eight-piece band, The Tucson Choir Boys.

The album kicks off with the bluesy “Dime Store Love”, which perfectly illustrates Lescom’s fine voice and the excellent band; the following “Soul Shakin’ Romance” has a lovely retro early 60s feel to it; as does the following ballad, “Surrender”, with it’s doo-wop backing vocals. The rocking “Just Pressed Send” takes the pace up as the band rock in fine style.

Elsewhere the country-tinged “Too Much Time” is a stand out, as is the delightful heartfelt ballad, “It’s Not You, It’s Me”, with another super vocal from Cheryl Lescom. The band kick into a Bo Diddley groove for the intro to “Nice Mix Of Crazy”, before rocking out- with fine piano from Steve O’Connor.

Another winner from the current flourishing Canadian roots music scene . . . and well worth of investigating!


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