Archive for May 22nd, 2013

Liz Mandeville – Clarksdale

She’s got a style that makes you notice. And she sings for the pure joy of it. Liz Mandeville, a product of the Chicago blues scene, visits the Mississippi Delta with Clarksdale (Blue Kitty Music, 2013).

The 2011 Chicago Blues Society’s Blues Challenge Solo/Duo winner enlists some Delta region stars and a few other friends for the project. Among them are Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, who is from Helena, Arkansas, home of the King Biscuit Blues Festival. Saxophonist Eddie Shaw, who hails from the Stringtown community, near Greenville, Mississippi, also contributes. Darryl Wright plays bass and arranged several tracks. Several other players also make appearances.

“Roadside Produce Stand” is a lively piece. Mandeville sings with spirit and sass. Smith provides drums and blues harp (harmonica). It’s the kind of song that makes those in the audience want to get up and dance.

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