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Low Society: Sanctified

Read "Sanctified" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Low Society's 2014 release You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (2014, Ice House Records) was a revelation to me. I had long ago grown jaded believing that vibrant, genre-expanding blues and Americana had passed into extinction. Then I heard “Need Your Love," my ears stiffened and I sniffed the air... hmm, something special here. I previously described this most perfect of compositions as,“a most brilliant eutectoid of Texas Blues and pre-Weimar cabaret, with [Mandy] Lemons a Southern ...

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Low Society: High Time

Read "High Time" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

When one listens to a whole lot of music, it becomes easy to be lulled into the friendly confines of being satisfied with good without ever hearing great. That is, until something exceptional comes along and then it is experienced as an epiphany. So were my feelings hearing Low Society's 2014 release You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down (Ice House Records). That was my introduction to brand of American blues, country and soul, that, while contemporary, is completely authentic ...

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Beale Street Music Festival 2016

Read "Beale Street Music Festival 2016" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Beale Street Music Festival Memphis in May International Festival Tom Lee Park Memphis, TN April 29-May 1, 2016 “The Mississippi Delta begins in the lobby of The Peabody Hotel and ends on Catfish Row in Vicksburg. The Peabody is the Paris Ritz, the Cairo Shepheard, the London Savoy of this section. If you stand near its fountain in the middle of the lobby... ultimately you will see everybody who is anybody in the ...

ALBUM REVIEW

Low Society: You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down

Read "You Can’t Keep a Good Woman Down" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Let's not insult Low Society lead vocalist Mandy Lemons by noting she was influenced by Janis Joplin. That is the lazy critic's out. Better we describe her as the love child of a serious Amy Winehouse and Big Mama Thornton, irradiated by beta particles that had once passed by an AM radio, late at night, playing “Ball and Chain" in 1968. Lemons is a tornadic force of nature laying waste to all of the blues-rock produced since the 1960s. Lemons ...


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