Can't Keep a Good Woman Down
Mo Muscle Records
Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down reflects
the triumphant return of Sista Monica Parker to the blues community. As
many of you know, Monica has recovered from her bout with cancer and her
new record is full of hope, compassion and promise for the future.
She opens with the title song and proudly proclaims her return. Can’t
Keep a Good Woman Down is a testament to her strength and conviction
that everything was going to turn out right. Monica worked hard to
return and you definitely can’t keep her down. "Cookin’ With Grease" is a
look back at her Chicago roots, the soul singers she watched on the
street and the gospel influences of church. In many respects, the street
was her church, and the influences there provide the foundation for her
to sing and “cook with grease!”
"Funny How Time Slips Away" is a wonderfully sung version of the classic
Willie Nelson song. Warm, passionate and soulful…Monica’s version tugs
at your heartstrings….you feel her pain in singing about the loss of
love she feels for this man.
Love turns to interrogation in the clever
"Show Me What You’re Working With." Monica wants to know “what you’re
doing, why you’re late…and where you’ve been.” It’s apparent that the
answers to these questions will have an impact on the length of time
this relationship will continue. An unsatisfactory answer will send you
to the curb faster than you can think of the right answer.
Be careful of
your answers to the questions "Put Your Money (Where Your Mouth is),"
continues this theme of requisite honesty…failure to live up to the
terms will be the end of this relationship…you can count on it.
"Leave the Door Open" is a wonderful ballad that asks the question is love
enough? Deep in the midst of pillow talk her man has asked Monica what
she’s thinking…..I doubt this was the answer he was hoping for. The door
is open, she’s definitely in love….but she’s also tired of what’s going
on…..he has a choice…walk through the open door or move on. Chris Cain’s
guitar leads contribute to the wonderful textures of this song. It’s my
favorite of the record.
Monica definitely has advice for her sisters with "Put It In the Crock
Pot," advice they had better heed. A man loves good cooking and loving
and every woman’s recipe is different. You’d best keep your secrets to
yourself if you’re going to hold onto your man. Paul Jones on bass and
Doug Rowan on sax contribute their talents to the song, while Monica
admonishes her sisters to “put the soul in the crock pot” when they’re
cooking. "Surrender to Love" advises everyone to give love another try. At
one time or another we’re all “prisoners of love” so we might as well
surrender to it!
Things slow down again on the Sam Cooke song, "A Change Gonna Come."
Monica gives the song its proper due and her gospel roots continue to
provide the passionate spark that makes it shine. On "The Truth," Monica
extols the virtues of searching for the truth….anything else is living a
lie and fails to serve your greater good. There’s no sense staying with
a man who doesn’t love you, a politician who won’t keep his promises and
a singer who won’t sing the truth. "The Truth" is all that matters….keep
it real. Sista Monica continues this theme with "Lip Service," telling her
man that lip service won’t do…come at me with the truth and we’ll get
In "The Bigger They Are (The Harder They Fall)," the shoe is on the other
foot. A good man stood by her during all of her trials and ultimately
she neglected him. By taking him for granted, ultimately she ends up
Sista Monica closes the album with the anthem,
"It’s Good to
Be Alive," a worthy testament to glory of God and how he stood by her
through all of her trials.
It’s good to have Sista Monica back at the forefront of the contemporary
blues scene. Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down is easily one of the top ten
albums you’ll hear all year. Her original compositions sparkle, the
cover songs were well-chosen and blend beautifully with the original
material. Sista Monica’s band is tight throughout and her vocals are
incredible. Enjoy this record and celebrate with Monica her joy. It’s
--- Kyle Deibler