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Smokin' In Bed

Denise LaSalle

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Album Review

Smokin' in Bed is another hot one from the first lady of raunchy Southern soul, Denise LaSalle. Bright, sparkling Southern horns accent many cuts, including "Juke Joint Woman," an up-tempo saga about a barfly. The blues never sounded better than on "Blues Party Tonight," which features B.B. King-inspired guitar licks on top of a laid-back groove, or "Dirty Old Woman," a dated-sounding jump number. At times her sexual tales sound contrived, but she excels on the Southern fried ballads and mid-tempo smokers that dominate the latter half of the album — "Goin' Through Changes," "Never Been Touch Like This," and "Why Am I Missing You" are pure LaSalle.

Biography

Born: 16 July 1939 in LeFlore County, MS

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Unlike so many other blues vocalists who just reinterpret material given to them by songwriters, Denise LaSalle is a seriously talented songwriter. Although her soul blues style has strong urban contemporary overtones at times, it's best to think of LaSalle as a modern-day Bessie Smith, because that's really what she is. She writes funny songs full of sassy attitude and it's an attitude she carries...
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