Sharrie Williams & The Wiseguys: Hard Drivin' Woman
Latest since her 2002 performance at the 'Blues Estafette' in Utrecht, Holland, Sharrie Williams' producing a lot of attention in Europe. Her live shows are incredible. She's such an impressive performer, soulful, loud and quiet. She easily handles the whole spectrum, from a whisper to a scream. Within a couple of songs she's got the audience on its feat. Influenced by Koko Taylor, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner and Etta James she loves to sing gospel, soul, blues, and rock. In the US she's called the princess of rockin' gospel blues - and that title fits pretty well. Her CrossCut studio debut reflects her musical diversity. The title track is a mighty rocker. You'll believe her when she says that she's a hard driving woman! But you'll also get slow and soulful ballads with a personal message, gospel, slow blues, shuffles, and even some funky tunes. Sharrie's right there in the middle. She's got a great young band featuring a superb guitar player and a rock-solid ryhthm section. We feel that Sharrie's one of today's strongest discoveries. She's soulful, passionate, sweet, angry - and most of all, she's always herself. I know you will love her, too. This album was recorded in her hometown of Saginaw, Michigan and produced and mixed by Michael Freeman. He used her regular band, no gimmicks, no studio cracks. This is wonderful handmade music, straight from the heart.
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