Diane Blue Blues In My Soul

By Karen Nugent
November 2015

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Diane Blue, a popular vocalist and harp player, is joined by fellow Bay Staters Ronnie Earl and Toni Lynn Washington, and a few more of Beantown’s best musicians on an album that drips with emotion – blues, soul, R&B, and a hint of Gospel.

The 13 tracks on Blues In My Soul include five originals, including the opener, “That’s What they Call the Blues,” one of the best on the disc. It showcases guitarist Earl, whose whopping talent can emote at both ends of the spectrum. Here he’s lively and happy.

Another hit is the final track, “Jump for Joy” by the late queen of the blues, Koko Taylor. It’s got terrific horn by Johnny “Blue Horn” Moriconi, and great Hammond B3 by Dave Limina, one of the members of Earl’s Band, The Broadcasters, who finesse the backups.

Limina shines again on keyboards on “Nothing You Can Do” a Bobby Womack energetic, 70s soul tune.

Toni Lynn Washington, a tremendous nationally-known vocalist in her own right, sings backup on four songs, including the Jimmy Reed-like “I love Your Loving Ways,” and “Someday Soon,” a Diane Blue original that’s joyful, danceable and fun. It’s made even better by Moriconi, Scott Shetler on sax, and Diane Blue’s harp playing, with a super solo and snappy lyrics.

Moriconi and Limina get down on “Soulville,” a fast and funky one written by Titus Turner and reminiscent of Tina and Ike in their heyday. “Day and Night” is another funkster with Limina hitting the B3 heights again.

Blue sounds a lot like Aretha Franklin on “Today I Sing the Blues” a slow blues on which Earl turns on the emotion and gives you the chills.

Earl is in the spotlight again in “I Can’t Shake You,” another Diane Blue original. It’s slow and sexy with Earl perfectly echoing the heartache in the lyrics.

“Cry Daddy” is a sad Gospel-like personal story about the loss of Blue’s mother, and her father’s reaction to it.

Diane Blue, who competed in the 2011 International Blues Challenge in Memphis and advanced past the first round, has a powerful delivery and a captivating stage presence. Either with her own band, or singing alongside Ronnie Earl - she is on his latest album, Father’s Day, which makes her the first female member of the Broadcasters – Diane is a top notch entertainer and talented musician.


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