Saturday, May 28, 2011
Graná Louise - Gettin' Kinda Rough!
07 - Gonna Get 'Cha
08 - Wet Match
09 - Queen Bee
10 - Back Door Blues
11 - I Can't Stand the Rain
12 - Hey Joe
Graná Louise's deep rich voice belts out the kind of raw gut blues that makes your spine tingle and heart ache. She performs at the hottest blues clubs in Chicago but has rocked the house at New York's Apollo Theatre as well as European festivals
One thing is for sure about Graná Louise, and that is that she definitely knows how to belt out the Blues. As a matter of fact she is pretty good at belting out Soul and Rock N' Roll, as well, something you become quickly aware of after only listening to a few moments of her Delmark Debut Release, "Gettin' Kinda Rough!". Graná Louise' style harkens back to the older days and has been compared to Etta James, Koko Taylor, and Ruth Brown, which this icon of the Chicago Blues Scene loves to show off where ever she is performing.
"Getting' Kinda Rough " combines studio and live recordings, brand-new original songs and covers that have been personalised to make them her own.
"Gettin' Kinda Rough!" consists of a rather interesting mix of Tracks, 12 in all, of which Graná Louise gets credit for writing 4 of the tracks, with one of them being co-written with Bill Syniar. Bill Syniar is also one of the musicians on "Gettin' Kinda Rough!", and is credited with playing all the instruments on Track 7 "Gonna Get 'Cha". The other musicians on "Gettin' Kinda Rough!", included Tom Holland (Guitar), Bill Hargrave (Bass), Clarence "Curfew" Scott (Drums), Carlos Showers (Guitar, Tracks 8 - 12). Tom Holland has been a "professional musician for over 11 years now, Tom Holland has honed his craft well, and has become one of the most respected, and in demand guitarists on the Chicago blues scene." Tom Holland also regularly tours with James Cotton and plays guitar on Cotton's latest critically acclaimed release, "Giant". Tom Holland plays guitar on all 12 Tracks on "Gettin' Kinda Rough!", joining in with Guitarist Carlos Showers during the Live part of this Album.