Soul Bag Magazine
Geneva Red & The Roadsters
By Andre Hobus
Once you go through the Holy Trinity (Musselwhite, Piazza, W. Clarke and now Kim Wilson) and blessed the first apostles (James Harman, Sugar Ray Norcia and Rick Estrin), white American harp players are a run of the mill, difficult to tell them apart from one another in the Walters' scriptures. So, a woman! She too paid her dues to the Saints, especially in her previous work/CDs even recording at Sun Studios with Floyd Murphy, Matt's brother who is responsible for the original solos on Junior Parker's Feelin' Good, Love My Baby and Mystery Train.
Here, her new offering, veers towards more "modernity" a beefed up sound as suggested by the biker cover: leather, boots and sensual two wheeler. This time, she chose Jimmy Johnson, playing along with fine solos (the bluesman, not his Nashville counterpart) and some veterans of Son Seals' band Snapper Mitchum on bass and Tu Sweet Anderson on the drums.
She favors real songs (her singing is sometimes on the edge) not just solos oriented compositions. Her faithful guitar player with a blue collar nickname, Jackie 5&Dime, stays on as the best supportive member of the group in the Chicago blues tradition. Their next CD, already mentioned on the web, will be in the one man band tradition. They are stars in the Middle West. What are we waiting for to promote them in our country?
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