253

Sue Foley: Love Comin' Down

Ed Kopp By

Sign in to view read count
Sue Foley: Love Comin' Down
Sue Foley is one of the best blues guitarists around, male or female. While her guitar work is more versatile than ever, her songwriting skills have also matured. The knock against the Canadian artist is that she can't sing. To these ears, however, Foley's vocals have improved greatly from album to album, to the point where her singing today is far better than adequate.

Love Comin' Down finds the diminutive Foley returning to the blues after a one-album foray into roots rock and Dylanesque folk. Though I liked her last release Ten Days in November a lot more than most critics, it's good to see Foley returning to the blues fold.

The impetus for this new one is Foley's recent divorce. Rather than lament a relationship gone sour, Foley offers a tough-minded assertion of her independence with some fine original tunes. "Two Trains" has a rootsy Texas feel (Foley recently relocated from Austin to her native Ottawa), while the title track compares the loss of love to a fading sunset. "Let My Tears Fall Down" shows a Bessie Smith influence, while "Let Me Drive" is a cool boogie tune with a John Lee Hooker vibe. A slow, smoldering version of Willie Dixon's "Same Thing" lends a new perspective to a very sexy tune.

Foley's songwriting skills are best represented on the tune "Empty Cup," a poetic country-blues number featuring Lucinda Williams on backup vocals. The lyrics sound like something folk-rocker Williams might have conjured: "Feelin' dry like an empty cup/Lookin' for something to fill me up/Wanderin' lost like a desert wind/Waiting for love to come around again."

Acoustic guitar plays a more prominent role in Foley's recent music, and nowhere is her musicianship better represented than on the great flamenco-blues amalgam "Mediterranean Breakfast, the CD's instrumental highlight. Faster tunes "You're Barking Up the Wrong Tree" and "Oh Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin')" will please any fan of electric blues guitar.

Now 32 years old, Sue Foley has really come into her own. This is another fine release from one of the blues' leading female artists.

Personnel

Sue Foley.

Album information

Title: Love Comin' Down | Year Released: 2000 | Record Label: Shanachie Records

Post a comment about this album

Tags

Shop Amazon

More

Afrika Love
Alchemy Sound Project
Sunday At De Ruimte
Marta Warelis / Frank Rosaly / Aaron Lumley /...
Westward Bound!
Harold Land
Tread Lightly
Trøen Arnesen Quartet
MMBC Terma
Michael Bisio / MMBC
Koki Solo
Natsuki Tamura
Colibri Rojo
Camilia Nebbia

Popular

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded albums and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, limited reopenings and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary step that will help musicians and venues now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the sticky footer ad). Thank you!

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.