Sharrie Williams

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Sharrie Williams

Postby blueswriter » Wed Jun 13, 2007 12:48 pm

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SHARRIE WILLIAMS & THE WISEGUYS
Live At Bay-Car Blues Festival
Crosscut (2007) CCD 11093/CVD 5002

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9 tracks, 74 minutes, excellent with reservations. She's got a voice as big as the stages she appears on in Europe and the U.S. and her band, The Wiseguys kick the music into high gear for Sharrie Williams to let it all out. With nothing more than guitar, keyboards, bass and drums for support, the energy peaks early on Tell Mama and the dynamics for I'll Take You There are nicely done. This disc offers a mix of hard-edged rocking blues, some soul and R&B, and a fine slow blues (How Much Can A Woman Take is nicely done). Sharrie & The Wiseguys put on a dazzling show for the appreciative crowd at the Bay-Car Blues Fest near Dunkerque, France in 2006 and the fine folks at Crosscut give her a notable follow-up to 2004's Hard Drivin' Woman. However, Sharrie's overblown screaming grated on these ears pretty quickly and the rock heroics of guitarist Lars Kuschtke don't offer much in the way of dynamics. If you prefer your blues with a marked approach from the rockier side of the landscape, Live At Bay-Car Blues Festival serves up plenty for your liking. Crosscut is also offering a finely-packaged DVD (68 minutes in length) of Sharrie & The Wiseguys which highlights eight tracks. Missing is Just You And Me, while the slow blues How Much Can A Woman Take clocks in at eleven minutes, four minutes longer than its CD counterpart. The DVD was professionally recorded with multiple cameras but the flashing stage lights proved to be overly distracting on the opener. The video version does hold up better than the audio-only, but it should be noted that what Williams does is what her crowd seems to enjoy. Coming from a gospel background and being blessed with a gorgeous voice (her range is magnificent when she chooses to display it), the safe bet would be that if Crosscut were to offer Sharrie Williams a more sympathetic backing unit, she could produce a standout of a gospel, R&B and blues outing pleasing a much wider range of fans.

Crosscut Records - Germany

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