Vocalist! With the voice and musicianship on Patty Reese’s latest release Strong Medicine, it couldn’t be more clear that the medicine is working.
After a standing ovation following her performance at the packed Strathmore Music Center during the recent Woodstock tribute, Patty Reese’s attitude with soulful expression and her powerhouse pipes proved a match for the likes of Janis Joplin and other prolific and important artists. Other comparisons have been made, that Reese claims as influences, including Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen.
Patty Reese performs more than 250 dates a year, released a WAMMIE award winning album “Here and Now” and has garnered multiple songwriting awards over the years. Her powerhouse vocals, strong work ethic and honed songwriting skills have led her to the release of her best work to date Strong Medicine where between acoustic guitar-accompanied story songs and powerful songs backed by a full band, Patty puts all of her crafts to work. This CD has garnered even more attention and awards (WAMMIES) including Roots Rock Album and Roots Rock Vocalist.
The title track, Strong Medicine, tells of the healing power of love with a beguiling, smokey vocal performance over a blues groove reminiscent of Al Green. “Last Call for Love,” a closing time, slow dance, anthem; is perhaps the most revealing of Patty’s style—direct sincerity with a soulful delivery. Crowd pleaser “Who’s Got Your Back” resonates soundly as the song’s Roots Rock, Surf, and Blues tones are juxtaposed with the lyrics’ “Gospel truth.” Among the originals by Reese, also are three tracks—all standout unique versions of other artists songs including “Keep Me in Your Heart” (Warren Zevon), “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (George Harrison) and “Buckets of Rain,” (Bob Dylan) which all perfectly showcase Reese’s intimate, tender and dynamic vocal range.
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