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Blewzzmann March 2014

Niecie - Wanted Woman

Niecie
"Wanted Woman"
Ride the Tiger Records

By Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro

"Wanted Woman" is the third release for this 20 year veteran of the genre known as Niecie. Saying she's been around just wouldn't cut it... especially when it sounds like her biography was written by a topographer.

Joining Niecie, on the vocals, are: Johnny Neel - yes, that Johnny Neel, on Keyboards, B3 and percussion; Chris Anderson on guitar; Dennis Gulley on bass; Daryl Burgess on drums; Kim Morrison on backing vocals and Danny Hamlen & Jon Conley on additional guitars. The CD contains ten tracks of which eight were written between Niecie and Neel.

On the opening track, Niecie's pretty uptight about being stuck at a "Traffic Light". On the other hand, there's nothing at all stopping everyone in the band from going at high speeds on this rocking number. The rhythm is ripping, the guitars are wailing, and Niecie's melodically screaming at everyone to get the hell out of the way.

On "Crying For My Baby", Niecie gets to showcase her tremendous vocal range. She takes it from smooth and sultry to notes that gave me flashbacks of the "Is it real, or is it Memorex?" TV commercials. Rhythmically, Johnny, Dennis and Daryl are all over this one.

According to Niecie, the "Blues Ain't Nothin'" but a good woman feelin' bad. That may be so, but from what I'm hearing, she's feeling.....or at least sounding.....pretty good on this one. With the band making wonderful music behind her, and with some harmonic help from Kim, Niecie shines on this one.

Listening to Niecie singing about the things that get her going, she certainly makes it very clear that she's not your "Typical Chick". And if her words aren't enough, her powerful and raw vocal deliverance will surely seal the deal. Lyrically, vocally and musically, this rocker's some tough stuff.

"Mother Nature", a Little Milton cover, is one of the more straight up blues tracks. That, along with it being over nine minutes long, easily makes it my personal favorite. As I always say, give me down home blues, and lots of it, and I'm a happy listener. This one's got it all going on.....Niecie belting the hell out of the blues, Chris tearing it up on guitar, Johnny hammering away on the piano and organ keys, and Dennis and Daryl in the pocket on bass and drums. Excellent track and the discs replay special.

When Niecie's having a real bad day, she just lets it go... because "God's Got This" and God's got that and he's always got your back. This one's an interesting blend of inspirational lyrics with Gospel style vocals being beautifully sung by Niecie and Kim with the band getting real funky behind them. Great rhythm led by the master - Johnny Neel - on the B3 organ.
Other tracks on this outstanding disc include: "You Wouldn't Know It", "Wanted Woman", "Strange Way", and "You Can't Walk Away".

To find out more about Niecie, her music and her travels, just go to www.niecie.net. While you're there, please tell her the Blewzzman sent you.

Peter "Blewzzman" Lauro
Blues Editor @ www.Mary4Music.com
2011 Keeping The Blues Alive Award Recipient

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