Lindsay Beaver: Tough as Love (Alligator/Southbound)

 |   |  <1 min read

Lost Cause
Lindsay Beaver: Tough as Love (Alligator/Southbound)

For her Alligator debut singer/drummer Lindsay Beaver lives up to the label's remit of tough blues, and the album title.

She's a real blues belter in the manner of Etta James (but in front of an augmented power trio) but can also flip back to late Fifties rock'n'roll and New Orleans rock'n'soul (Don't Be Afraid of Love with Marcia Ball on piano-hammering duties on the former, as Fats Domino on Too Cold to Cry), nods to the tradition (Got Love If You Want It) and gets raw'n'funky on Art Neville's Let's Rock.

From discovering Hendrix at 14, then jazz, blues and punk, studying jazz in Canada and playing around Austin, opening for Jimmie Vaughan, releasing five albums before this and more, she now has a catalogue of styles to draw on as she does here.

It's powerful, sometimes soulful and bar-shaking (Oh Yeah designed to raise the roof) she seems intent on doing for Chicago-styled blues what Stray Cats once did for rockabilly . . . taking it to an audience by making it hip, familiar, energetic and popular.

Longtime electric blues listeners probably won't hear anything here they haven't heard before but Beaver acquits herself well and the band of guitarist Brad Stivers and bassist Josh Williams (and guests) play it skin tight.

Share It

Your Comments

Mike Pearson - Jan 31, 2019

Where can you buy this album in NZ

post a comment

More from this section   Blues articles index

Billy TK Jnr: Presenting Billy TK Jnr (Ode)

Billy TK Jnr: Presenting Billy TK Jnr (Ode)

It's odd that this album should be called "Presenting" given that Auckland-based guitarist Billy TK Jnr has been taking his brand of tough Texas blues around the bars and clubs of New... > Read more

Joe Bonamassa: Different Shades of Blue (J&R/Southbound)

Joe Bonamassa: Different Shades of Blue (J&R/Southbound)

Astutely released today in advance of his sole New Zealand concert in Auckland tonight, this is the first album by acclaimed American guitarist/singer Joe Bonamassa featuring all his own... > Read more

Elsewhere at Elsewhere

Kuching in Borneo Malaysia: Big city, small town

Kuching in Borneo Malaysia: Big city, small town

  “This is my kind of Malaysia,” says Bob from laidback California as we enjoy Tiger Beer at the James Brooke Bar and Bistro near the relaxing riverfront in Kuching.... > Read more

THE WILD WOMEN OF WONGO a film by JAMES L. WALCOTT (1958) (Triton DVD)

THE WILD WOMEN OF WONGO a film by JAMES L. WALCOTT (1958) (Triton DVD)

Everyone is allowed their guilty secrets when it comes to bad movies: I have an unnatural affection for Zardoz (Sean Connery in the future somewhere) and The Long Ships (in which Sidney Poitier... > Read more