Lisa Marie and All Shook Up

Lisa Marie and All Shook Up
Wake Up, Baby!

Self-Produced (available at Lisa Marie’s shows, an

By Bill Copeland
February 2008

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Lisa Marie and All Shook Up have at long last released the CD that allows blues artists to make enough of an impact to gain more venues, press attention, and a large fan base.

Actually, Lisa Marie, during the last six years, has already accumulated many rooms and a large following. So her debut CD, Wake Up, Baby! should only solidify her spot on the blues scene, and gain her the respect she has so long gone without.

Since Wake Up, Baby! is one of the strongest efforts to come out of the local or national blues scenes in 2007, I can only see Lisa Marie becoming a more popular figure.

I’d like to predict she will be nominated for a Boston Music Award next year.

From the opening track “Blues Will Get Me By,” with its rocking guitar accompaniment from Jason James, to the final Gospel-influenced a cappella, “Give Me A Sign,” this CD is loaded with impressive, enjoyable numbers.

“Blues Will Get Me By” has a funky beat and crunchy guitar melodies serving as backdrops, while Lisa Marie’s blazing torch of a blues voice carries us along on her journey of hope. Dana Bonardi’s drumbeat makes you want to move your feet while Lisa Marie’s torchy voice belts it out.

Lisa Marie wrote all of these tracks herself.

“Fuss Budget” is a rollicking boogie-woogie number with piano work by Travis Colby of Roomful Of Blues. Fun to listen to for its humorous lyrics, the piece also challenges the feet to move to a sort of jitterbug beat. Lisa Marie finds the right space to inject her voice over Colby’s piano and Mark Early’s baritone saxophone.

Lisa Marie’s All Shook Up line-up provides a solid R&B groove to several of these tracks. “Won’t Drink” is another mid-tempo dance number, feel good song. It comes off with a vintage 1960s R&B beat underneath its blues guitar, and Early’s bluesy tenor and baritone saxophone flourish.

Lisa Marie also has a fairly strong grasp of rockabilly that shows up in “Mission Of A Ne’er Do Well,” a Johnny Cash-influenced number about how a small town girl matched wits with the devil and won. Her vocal timbre is curled up at the lower register for this tongue-in-cheek number about a randy local girl who outsmarts the devil himself. This song shows Lisa Marie to be a good storyteller, and her vocal inflections and dynamics help make this tune a lot of fun.

Lisa Marie shows she’s more than just a voice by writing and producing the disc. The familiar musicians she has assembled speak to her need to get things done right.

Papa Dick Souza and Dima Gorodetsky supply bass. Bonardi and Ephraim Lowell ply drums. There’s also Carl Querfurth on trombone. She has Rob Nelson on some guitar tracks, and Doug “Mr. Low” James on baritone sax.

Filled with charm, humor, and personality are songs titled “My Bald-Headed Baby,” “Scroo Crookin’,” and “Ratfink Bastard.” “Scroo Cookin’” will undoubtedly go over well with couples - and I don’t just mean on the dance floor.

My favorite is “Fickle Man Blues,” a slow number that shows Lisa Marie’s ability to move her voice along with the groove set by Lowell, the drummer. She has an even huskier voice on “What I Know,” a tune with a thick bass line and an intriguing horn line. Other charming trinkets include “Tryin’ To Do,” with more New Orleans- flavored boogie-woogie piano and sax jive, and “Ratfink Bastard” with its guitar spikes.

Lisa Marie has the class to finish with “Give Me A Sign,” a Gospel flavored personal a cappella with handclaps and humming as her only support.

There is so much to enjoy on Wake Up, Baby! I could write an article on every song. Lisa Marie fans will have almost as much fun listening to this disc as they do getting into her music and goodtime persona at her live shows.

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