Lisa Cee – My Turn
Rip Cat RIC1112
Lisa Cee’s debut album will delight lovers of American Roots music.
Blessed with a voice that brings to mind artists like Janis Joplin, Tracy Nelson and Janiva Magness, Cee delivers a powerful set that varies from a strutting rendition of Mickey Champion’s ‘What Good Am I’, replete with rocking piano and shimmering guitar, to her own brooding ‘Fire In The Sky’ where her Joplinesque vocals are echoed by Ron Dziubla’s baying sax.
Cee’s vocals and Scott Abeyta’s guitar grind out the blues in unison on an intense rendition of the great Robert Lucas’s ‘Good-Bye Baby’ – grace Slick’s ‘White Rabbit’ is given a “sleazy” almost mystical reading accentuated by Dziubla’s baritone sax which has a distinctive “far-eastern” feel – whilst Cee’s sultry vocals are echoed by Johnny Mastro’s churning distorted harp on the shuffle ‘Right Man’.
The anguished soul-blues of ‘Lost You’, the funky stomper ‘Cold Hearted Woman with it’s “down in the alley” vocals, and the funky blues ‘Evil Mind’ with it’s wah-wah guitar and overtly sexual vocals are further highlights of this set that introduces a real talent to the roots/blues scene.