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Heather Crosse – Groovin‘ At The Crosse Roads – cd – Ruf Records – Ruf 1217

Heather Crosse  – Never heard of this lady artist? Normal music aficionados may really not know her; except they have been to Mississippi Delta Blues Capital – Clarksdale at Ground Zero Bluesclub where she is regularly playing with her band Heavy Suga and The SweeTones Blues. These guys are also her phenomenal band on her first solo cd entitled with the wordplay “Groovin’ At The Crosse Roads! Blues manicas off course are very familiar to the bass-singer as she was a part of Blues Caravan 2015 – Girls With Guitars. Mrs. Crosse was kicking-ass by her hellish hot vocals and rhythms on the woofer there. Legendary Producer  Jim Gaines did a sensational job regarding the sound. So enjoy to listen, rattle & shake or party to  Heather Crosse  – Groovin‘ At The Crosse Roads!

“My Man Called Me” starts as opening tune as rhythmique blues with a jazzy spice-up, specially by the solos of virtuoso keyboarder Mark Yacovone. Heather seduces by her multifaceted voice from sweet and tender to rockin’ and energetic.  By the consecutive “Why Does A Woman Need A Bass Guitar” Mrs. Crosse’s Chant is ever so explosive and she manifests what a great bass-ace she is, from funk-, latino-, jazz- and blues-rock-grooves. Her middle solo is featuring also the versatile bass-slap-technique.

Heather has been since her youth a fan of the famous Motown Sound, so “Rockin’ Chair” next is her love-declaration to this iconic sound. “Clarksdale Shuffle” can be entitled the reelin’ and rollin’ modern blues-rock’n-roll anthem of the city. Dan Smith on guitar is playing some finest Texas struttin’ solos on his axe by “Walkin’ In Their Shoes” and Mark is heatin’ it up by his piano-extravaganza. “Steppin’ Up Strong“ is the absolute highlight of the cd; a beautiful ballad with enchanting gospel vocals and hooky slide-guitar- and organ-celebrations. “Call On Me” is by six-string therapies like an ode to the unforgettable B.B. King, the Hammmond plays sound like a nightly tune-flow of the Mississippi River. Heather was born in Louisiana, so the concluding “You Don’t Move Me No More” is by rhythms her reminiscence to the sounds of the “Big Easy” varying from blues-rock, rock’n roll, gospel, funk till jazz like the many varieties of sound on Heather’s southern-magical debut “Groovin’ At The Crosse Roads”!

Heather Crosse – The Soulful Blues-Queenie of Clarksdale!

Heather Crosse (bass, lead vocals, backup vocals)

 

Heavy Suga and The SweeTones:

Lee Williams (drums, percussion, backup vocals – #1,2,4,10)
Mark Yacovone (piano, organ, electric piano)
Dan Smith (guitars, slide guitar, backup vocals – #1,4,10)
Guests:
Sandy Carroll (backup vocals – #4,5,9)
Vicki Atkins (backup vocals – #3,8,10)

Maison de la Blues*****

c@ Ruf Records & Heather Crosse