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Hurricane Ruth: The Power Of The Blues ... Feels Like A Hurricane
||Hurrican Ruth Publishing
||Andon T. Davis
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 Roll Little Sister (LaMaster/Davis/Engel/Lumsden) - 3:34
 I'm Gonna Get Evil (LaMaster/Davis/Engel/Lumsden) - 5:35
 The Power of the Blues...Feels Like a Hurricane (Diana Lumsden) - 4:04
 Let Me Change Your Mind (LaMaster/Davis/Engel/Lumsden) - 6:14
 Mississippi Queen (Corky Laing / Felix Pappalardi / Leslie West) - 3:22
 No Worries (LaMaster/Davis/Engel/Lumsden) - 4:03
 I Want To Take You Higher (Sylvester "Sly Stone" Stewart) - 4:47
 The Lesson (LaMaster/Davis/Engel/Lumsden) - 5:06
Hurricane Ruth LaMaster - Vocals
Gary Davis - Bass Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Jim Engel - Drums, Vocal Harmony
David Lumsden - Lead Guitar
Andon T. Davis - Producer, Slide Guitar
Michael Krayniak - Engineer, Mixing
Steve Stokes - Engineer
Blaise Barton - Mastering
Cindy Huffman - Artwork
Julie Huffman - Artwork
Recorded between November 26, 2011 & November 27, 2011 at Strobe
Recording; mixed at Rax Tax; mastered at Joyride Recordings.
Hurricane Ruth created their own brand of blues which they call power
blues. It has been described as raw, emotional, and dynamic. The "power"
seeps into everything they do, from their original music to their live
shows. The epitome of power blues is Hurricane Ruth herself. Ruth is a
captivating performer, who will grab your attention from note one and
never let you go! Willie Dixon once told Ruth "she was the only
hurricane he could appreciate".
Hurricane Ruth LaMaster started performing professionally in 1979, and
found instant success. She acquired the name Hurricane Ruth from the
fact that no one believed that such a large sound could come out of such
a small woman! Ruth has performed with Maynard Ferguson and his
orchestra, Adrian Belew, and Louis Belson. Ruth has opened for John Lee
Hooker, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Taj Mahal, Ramsey Lewis Trio, Sam &
Dave, and Fenton Robinson. Ruth is joined by David Lumsden (lead
guitar), Gary Davis (bass guitar), and Jim Engel (drums). Hurricane Ruth
is a "power"ful blues experience that you won't soon forget!
Hurricane Ruth blows in as a force 5 hurricane with her power blues and
support by a trio of musicians who are ready to keep the hurricane
moving. Hurricane Ruth is Ruth LaMaster and she is joined by David
Lumsden on guitar, Gary Davis on bass and Jim Engel on drums. Ruth
provides the powerful vocals that match up with the band's big rock and
blues sound. Recorded mostly live in the studio in the Windy City, the
band is filled with energy and is ably led by the dynamic LaMaster.
The CD begins with "Roll Little Sister", a rocker built on the Stones
"Dance Little Sister" theme. After the opener I felt this could be an
80's hair band led by a blues woman. It's a jumping tune we've heard in
other places but it's a lot of fun and the delivery is big and bold. No
pun intended, but LaMaster is apparently a master of this stuff. A
stinging slow rocking blues follows; "I'm Gonna Get Evil" has a great
big, stinging guitar solo and Hurricane Ruth testifying as to the bad
things she is going to do to her man.
"The Power of the Blues...Feels Like a Hurricane" begins with the big
guitar intro and Ruth then gets into it with the guitar, she trading her
vocals licks off with Lumsden's axe. More big 80's rocking guitar solos
abound here once again. Slow blues is up again next with "Let Me Change
Your Mind" and Ruth is more than up to the task. She gets down and
dirty, really breathy and lustful- well done. But then we get
"Mississippi Queen" and it sounds like just another cover band who can't
hold a flame to the original. I was hoping Ruth would give it a new and
different spin, but it's not much of a change up. "No Worries" returns
the set list to the blues and Hurricane Ruth is again in her element.
Dirty guitar licks, a nice beat and her gritty vocals meld well together
Next up is Sly Stones' "I Want To Take You Higher". I love the
minute-plus long guitar intro and later solos that are excellent and
Ruth handles the vocals a lot better than the Mountain song; she comes
off as a lot more real here than in the other cover. "Shouting" through
late 70's and 80's rock song is in her wheelhouse. Lastly we have "The
Lesson" which is an in-your-face sort of slow blues with a poignant
guitar lead. I like this track a lot, too. Great power guitar and gutsy
It's got some 80's rock sound to some of it and the "Mississippi Queen"
cover seems a little misplaced, but the real criticism I have is that we
only get 8 songs to listen to here. I know that was all albums had in
the old days, but it seems to be done just as the band is getting
started. But it's powerful and has a lot of energy. Ruth's vocals are
really good and so is Lumsden on lead guitar. Hard rocking blues fans
will find some great tidbits to enjoy here.
Copyright - Blues Blast Magazine 2010
Ihren Namen trägt Hurricane Ruth nicht zu Unrecht: Mit der Urgewalt
eines Wirbelsturms tobt sie auf ihrem Debütalbum durch die Bluessongs.
Das Quartett aus Springfield nennt ihren Musikstil Power Blues. Sängerin
„Hurricane“ Ruth LaMasters, Gary Davis (bg, voc), Jim Engel (dr, voc)
und Gitarrist David Lumsden spielen auf „The Power of the Blues“ mit
einer Intensität, die dieser Bezeichnung aller Ehre macht. Ruths Gesang
merkt man ihre Verehrung für Powerfrauen wie Koko Taylor, Aretha
Frankling oder auch Tina Turner an: Ob es um rockende Nummern wie den
Operner „Roll Little Sister“, Mid-Tempo-Balladen wie den Titelsong oder
beim Slowblues „Let Me Change Your Mind“ geht: Nirgendwo lässt die
Spannung nach, mit der sie die Lieder aus den Boxen prallen lässt. In
dem Zusammenhang kann man Willie Dixon verstehen, der vor Jahren die
Sängerin mal als den einzigen Hurrikan bezeichnete, den er begrüßen
würde. Und ihre Band - vor allem der vorzüglich aufgelegte Lumsden mit
seiner schreienden Gitarre unterstützen sie dabei. Heraus kommt ein
Album mit acht Titeln, dass Hurricane Ruth einen Platz in der Liste der
bemerkenswertesten Bluesladies des Jahres sichern sollte.
Dixie Peach - 09 Oktober 2012
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