Reneé Austin – Right About Love
Reneé Austin returns with the highly anticipated follow-up to her remarkable "Sweet Talk" - the national debut which resulted in her W.C Handy Award nomination for "Best New Artist" "Right About Love" continues Austin's musical journey, mixing blues, roadhouse rock and gospel anchored by her dynamic, five-octave vocal range. Since her 2003 debut, Austin was included in the taping of PBS-TV's "Blues Divas" (along with Mavis Staples, Odetta, Irma Thomas).
1. Mouth of the Delta - 4:16 2. Harder Than It Has to Be - 3:25 3. Right About Love - 4:18 4. U-Haul - 3:11 5. Thank You Card - 3:51 6. Meant to Be - 3:11 7. Strangers on a Train - 4:34 8. Bugs - 2:54 9. Chicken Coop - 4:45 10. That's All Right - 3:20 11. Mister Cowboy - 3:15
Reneé Austin (vocals, guitar, harmony vocals) , Kevin Bowe (guitars, percussion, programming, jews harp, banjo) , Dik Shopteau (bass) , Billy Thommes (drums) , Paul Diethelm (electric guitars) , Bruce McCabe (piano, electric piano, clavinet) , Jeff Victor (organ, electric piano) , Cynthia Johnson (harmony vocals) , Andy Dee (slide guitar, lapsteel) , Joe T. Cook (harmonica) , David Grissom (acoustic guitar on 1)
1. AllMusic - Steve Leggett
Guitarist, pianist, songwriter, and powerhouse singer Reneé Austin calls her mix of rocking R&B, blues, and country "roadhouse soul," and it's an apt description of the energy and passion she brings to the table. She's been marketed as a blues singer, which is unfortunate, in a way, since her driving live show brings her closer to someone like Tina Turner, adept at bringing a gospel intensity to material that is really more hard-rocking country-soul than it is blues. On Right About Love, her third release, Austin continues to deliver the electricity that made her previous albums so striking, and it should be noted that she wrote most of the material here, including the fine opening track, "Mouth of the Delta," and the soul-searching title tune, "Right About Love." She covers Bobbie Gentry's "Bugs," as well, and it's a telling choice, since Gentry ended up similarly trapped between genres, part country and part pop, when in retrospect, she was really doing a kind of intelligent and gothic version of Southern soul. Austin isn't quite in Gentry's league as a writer yet, but if she continues to graft Bobbie Gentry-like detail to that powerful, hoarse Tina Turner-like voice, as she does here with "Mouth of the Delta," her energetic mix of country, soul, and blues should find -- if the world is at all fair and balanced -- an audience similar to the one that an artist like Bonnie Raitt enjoys.
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