Kirsten Thien

Kirsten Thien
Solo Live from the Meisenfrei Blues Club

Screen Door Records 2013

By Lady K
January 2014

OK, no band members to name – Kirsten Thien (out of New York City, but from Maine originally) is all alone on stage at the Meisenfrei Blues Club in Bremen, Germany. Kirsten plays lead guitar when she is recording or touring with her band, so she accompanied herself (all alone up on the stage – just Kirsten and her guitar). Lady K has seen Kirsten with her band (great show - back in 2012), and heard an earlier CD, so hearing this acoustic endeavor was fun. Turns out that Kirsten (with the band) and Kirsten (solo) both ensure that you get to hear great blues. Kirsten Thien is a talented vocalist and guitarist, and whether accompanied or solo, she projects sincere humor, great energy and a passion for performing ... just keep that whiskey coming!!!

On Solo Live, Kirsten performed a mix of her own tunes and some nicely chosen covers (from the likes of Ida Cox and Bob Dylan); tunes that included some soul and rock moments, along with the blues.

“Hold On To Me” is a mid-tempo tune, which Kirsten funks up with a little mid-tempo scat, as she tempts her man to choose her over ‘manly’ pastimes. “What could be more fun than baseball and drinkin’? I’ll show you baby if you just stay here with me.” There’s also a bit of funkiness to

“Thank You (For Saying Goodbye),” and some sarcasm too, when she finds herself “Doing things I never thought I would do, including getting over you / A brand new me – thank you (for saying goodbye).”

Lady K loved the slow love song, “You’ve Got Me.” “You’ve got me up against the wall / you’ve got me trying to make the call / you’ve got me wishing it was me / you’ve got me so out of control . . .” There’s an up-tempo toe-tapper about a place where you can transport yourself to when the world just feels out of kilter. Close your eyes, concentrate, and put yourself into “The Sweet Lost and Found.” Sounds like a nice place to catch your breath and get back on track (and it has great music).

“Please Drive” is a slow, sexy, Delta blues song that is also on Kirsten’s Delicious album, and on that recording, Hubert Sumlin was the featured guitarist on this tune!!! How nice to have friends like the late, great Sumlin, to help out on a new recording. A tune that’s about a love that’s good, “Nobody’s Ever Loved Me Like You Do” proves that sometimes, even in blues tunes, relationships work: “I hold my head up more confidently, knowing that you care that much about me.”

When Kirsten belted out Ida Cox’ “Wild Women Don’t Have the Blues,” she gave the audience a little instruction, and had them backing her up in the chorus. It sounds fun, and makes listeners wish they had been there in Bremen too. On Dylan’s “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry,” the audience helped out again, by clapping along to the rocker.

Other covers that Kirsten did great justice to were Sippie Wallace’s “Women Be Wise,” Freddie King’s rockin’ version of “I’d Rather Be Blind,” and a slightly changed version of Elvin Bishop’s “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” – this one from the point of view of the woman he fooled around and fell in love with!!! Cool idea. She ended the show with an encore: a medley of Bill Wither’s “Ain’t No Sunshine” and Hawkins/Darnell’s “The Thrill is Gone.”

The CD proves it, those lucky people at the Meisenfrei Blues Club saw and heard a great show, full of music and sassy attitude.

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