What do you do when an accomplished country artist covers some of the finest musicians ever? It’s easy, you sit back, listen, and enjoy. I might be playing favorites but this little lady knows her stuff, and how to flaunt it. I guess “all those hours of practicing paid off.” She’s Louise Mandrell, and her killer new release, her first in over fifteen years, is PlayingFavorites.
Louise opens with “I Can’t Stop Loving You,” an awesome country song with a bit of the blues flavor added. Ray has rubbed off on her. Covering Johnny Cash is difficult, but she nails it with “Ring of Fire.” “Tennessee Waltz” is another cool piece, you just need a rocker, a front porch, and lemonade. Vodka is optional. “Bye Bye Love,” is a rockabilly piece, but Louise doesn’t roll too far from country. “Hello Darlin” gets my heart beating when she sings, “Hello Darlin, let me kiss you.” But “Night Life” is my favorite. Louise shows us she is much more than a country artist providing us with bluesy jazz flavors. She closes with “You Don’t Know Me,” a perfect ending.
Covering fifteen tracks is strenuous, but Louise Mandrell
keeps herself out of the box. Once you think you’ve figured her out, she will
“rock” you back and forth with something different, and is having fun at the
same time. I’m J.R. Miller with High Note Reviews, and this is Louise Mandrell Playing Favorites.
Back in the 1960s American music saw something so surprising, the British invasion. With The Beatles leading the way, many acts, good, and not so good, poured into the United States. Then in the 1980s it happened again with acts such as Genesis and The Police giving America remarkable music.
Saw an amazing new country artist at Puckett‘s in Franklin. This little lady has got the pipes. Her name is Camille Rae and she recently released her debut album, I Need Me. With her band having the night off, Camille’s solo act was very entertaining. But the big surprise was at the end of the evening, Camille threw the audience a curve ball covering Alicia Key’s “Fallin.” The only word I can come up with is, incredible. I have the feeling we will be hearing more from Camille in the near future.