The Jackie Payne-Steve Edmonson Band

Partners In The Blues

Burnside Records 49

Jackie Payne, vocals; Steve Edmonson, guitar; including among others, Rusty Zinn, guitar; June Core, drums; Austin DeLone, piano and Hammond Organ; Tim Wagar, bass; John Middleton, trumpet; Carl Green, tenor saxophone

It is wonderful to have this group finally get a major record distribution deal. This CD is a solid and soulful piece of work from one of the best blues and R&B bands on the scene.

The opening cut of "I'm A Lonely Man" is an upbeat danceable tune with Payne's gritty vocal style steadily supported by the driving horn section. On "I'm Doin' My Own Thing," the mood is soulful with seductive lyrics smoothly delivered by Payne. The cover of the Willie Dixon tune, "Close To You," features John (Johnny P.) Peterson on harmonica. "That's How Strong My Love Is" is classic Jackie Payne soul-throaty moans and aching sensual vocals. Steve Edmonson shines on "Think Twice Before You Speak" with his soulful, rhythmic guitar style. "Sweet Candyman" is an original written by the team of Jackie Payne, Steve Edmonson and Rusty Zinn and reflects their swinging blues seasoning. Rusty Zinn's slide guitar work is a treat on "Monday Morning Comin' Down." The finale of "I Need Your Love Your Love So Bad" demonstrates Payne's compelling soulful delivery sweetened by the sensitive guitar styling of Edmonson.

This CD containing 14 cuts encompasses some of the best soul/blues one is likely to find. My highest recommendation goes to this effort--it is one CD worth seeking out!


by Dorothy Hill

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