Remember Denise LaSalle's attitude as she belted out lines like "your husband's cheating on us" and "you can have my husband but don't mess with my man"? Remember the fierce energy Tina Turner generated as she wailed "rollin', rollin'....rollin' on the river" during her wild renditions of "Proud Mary"? How about those famous growls you'd hear on just about every Koko Taylor song? Well if you can relate to all of those vocal characteristics, you now have a good idea of what you might expect to hear while listening to Cat Rhodes.
"Knee Deep In The Blues" - the second album from The Truth, featuring Cat Rhodes - contains nine original tracks on which you'll hear some blues, some funk, some R&B and a whole lot of soul. The band consists of Cat Rhodes on lead vocals, Bob Erickson on guitars & vocals, Jojo Morris on bass & vocals, and his brother Bryan Morris on drums & vocals. Joining them is special guest Avery Green on harmonica.
The title track describes a situation Cat finds herself in as a result of a bad relationship - "Knee Deep In The Blues". It's a slow, soulfully sung track with tight, laid back rhythm and several excellent guitar leads.
The smoke you're hearing on "Coat And Hat" is a result of the two alarm fire the rhythm section's got going on. The brothers Morris - Jojo on bass and Bryan on drums - are unquestionably at discs best right here. Now that I'm further into the track, so is Avery - the flames erupting out of his harp just made it a three alarmer. Of course, vocally it's a monster Cat(egory 5).
"Moan", is pretty much all Bob. With Jojo and Bryan laying down a smooth rhythm behind him his guitar work and deep, raspy vocals - a nice contrast to Cat's - are both highlighted here.
"Should Have Known Better" is the discs most straight up blues number, and that always makes it a highlight for me. And showcasing some crazy vocal range, it also features some of Cat's best vocal work. Ditto for Bob on the guitar, who's cranking out some real deal blues licks. Real good stuff right here.
On this track, Cat shows us what an understanding and cooperative woman she is. Normally, a man who drinks too much wine would catch hell from his lady, right? But you see, Cat's not like that. As she tells it, she has a "Wine Headed Baby" who drinks wine all the time. He goes down to the corner store and buys his wine by the pint, but she tells him to buy it by the gallon so he won't have to go all the time. Very humorous lyrics accompanied by Bob doing a heck of a job pickin' and slidin' on acoustic guitar and Avery blowin' some good blues on the harp.
Other tracks on "Knee Deep In The Blues" include: "I Ain't Doin' Too Bad", "Can't Shake The Blues", "Dog On A Chain", and "I Can't Stand the Rain".
Now, if some of you are thinking you recognize the names Cat Rhodes and Bryan Morris, think Kenny Neal. Bryan was part of the Neal Family band for many years and Cat toured as a guest with the band for three of those years. As a matter of fact, if you were on the 2012 Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise - and I was - you probably saw this..... KBSOUL and the Kenny Neal Band on Legendary Rhythm and Blues Cruise Jan 2012 - YouTube
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