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June 2007

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Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman, Roxanne Potvin
Time Bomb
Ruf Records

Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman, Roxanne Potvin

Last year, Ruf began their Blues Caravan tours, which grouped three musicians for a CD release along with a worldwide tour. Last year’s trio was Aynsley Lister, Erja Lyytinen, and Ian Parker, a European trio largely unfamiliar in the states whose album, Pilgrimage, was one of the surprise releases of 2006. 2007’s Blues Caravan trio will be more familiar to most American blues fans. Guitarists Sue Foley and Deborah Coleman are highly regarded and each has released several well-received albums since the early ’90s. Roxanne Potvin is fresh from her impressive Ruf long-player The Way It Feels, which featured her sultry vocals and songwriting skills. Their collaboration, Time Bomb, will please their fans immensely and should attract even more new fans.

The title track, an incendiary instrumental written by Foley, kicks things off in roof-raising fashion. The ladies then alternate lead vocals on the next nine songs. Potvin’s sings on two original compositions, the pretty ballad, “Strong Enough To Hold You,” and “Get Up!” She also does a fine cover of Allen Toussaint’s “Hittin’ On Nothin’.” Foley’s three tracks include “So Far,” a hard rocker that ranks with some of her best work, “Show Me,” an original that would have made Memphis Minnie proud, and “Two Moons Gone,” a countrified rave-up. Coleman contributes a loose version of James Brown’s “Talkin’ Loud” that threatens to outdo the Godfather’s original. “Motor City” is another funky track that features some of Coleman’s tough, rhythmic guitar work. Her third cut, the jaunty “Don’t Start The Car” was contributed by producer Kevin Bowe. To close the disc, the ladies share vocal duties on an enjoyable version of the Billy Davis/Etta James classic, “In The Basement.”

The backing musicians (Billy Thommes on drums, Jim Anton on bass, Mark Lickteig on B-3 and backing vocals, Bruce McCabe on piano and Wurlitzer) provide stellar support and Bowe’s production is top notch.

Time Bomb is a first-rate effort and sounds like it was a lot of fun to make. Look for these three ladies in the Blues Caravan tour this year.

--- Graham Clarke


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