Teresa James the Rhythm Tramps - The Bottom Line (20082009)
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Teresa James the Rhythm Tramps - The Bottom Line (20082009)

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Artist: Teresa James & the Rhythm Tramps
Title Of Album: The Bottom Line
Year Of Release:
Label: 2008/2009
Genre: Blues, Texas Blues, Contemporary Blues, Vocal Blues
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 52:45 Min
Total Size: 127 Mb
Tracklist:
1. All Time Low
2. Put the Squeeze On Me
3. If Momma Don't Dig It
4. Whet My Appetite
5. Don't Make a Habit of It
6. I Know Handsome When I See It
7. Eieio
8. The Bottom Line
9. Next Big Thang
10. How Am I Gonna Stop Loving You
11. In the Pink
12. I Call Your Bluff
13. I Do My Drinkin' On the Weekend
The best way to describe Teresa James' lusty combination of dusky blues, roots rock, gospel, dark folk, and Southern soul is to say it's Delbert McClinton inspired. McClinton has crafted his career by writing and singing potent songs that borrowed liberally from these genres, and although it would be unfair to label keyboardist/singer James as "the female Delbert," there is no denying the similarity in both musicians' styles, right down to their gutsy vocals. Perhaps it's no coincidence that James has also participated in some of Delbert's famous cruises where she likely picked up pointers from the master. Regardless, this is a solid, often captivating album of generally upbeat Americana-infused soul-blues with lots of sassy attitude from James and terrific backing from her journeyman band. A two-piece horn section joins the fray on all the tracks, bringing additional soul coloring to the proceedings. James' voice is influenced by Bonnie Bramlett and indeed this album can be seen as an updated slice of Delaney & Bonnie at that group's early-'70s pinnacle. Give credit to veteran bassist/guitarist Terry Wilson, who wrote or co-composed all but the closing cover of Steve Bruton's "I Do My Drinkin' on the Weekend" (Bruton has contributed a track to nearly every James album). These songs have street-smart lyrics that fit James' often sexy/bad-mama persona ("Put the Squeeze on Me," "I Know Handsome When I See It") and gruffly seductive voice. Comparisons to Marcia Ball, Susan Tedeschi, and Bonnie Raitt are also in order, but James stamps this sound with her own personality. The party goes down to New Orleans for "Eieio" with slinky second-line funk not far from Little Feat territory, especially due to James' Bill Payne-styled piano work. Guest Terry Ball blows haunting harp on the feline groove of the title track, a churched-up slow swamp sizzler connecting being laid off of a job with more personal matters. The playing is tight, the tunes are tough, and James sounds loose and enthusiastic, resulting in one of her finest albums and surely a disc all Delbert McClinton fans will enjoy. ~ Hal Horowitz This is Teresa James' 5th cd. The Bottom Line, which got the attention of so many music fans around the world and members of the American Blues Foundation and helped Teresa with the nomination for Contemporary Female Blues Artist of the Year for 2008. FM Stations all over as well as Bill Wax's XM Radio's Bluesville channel have played a lot of cuts off of the cd and continues to do so. Produced by Rhythm Tramp bassist, band leader and songwriter Terry Wilson and mixed and mastered by legendary producer John Porter (Taj Mahal, Keb Mo, Los Lonely Boys). Teresa and her band of seasoned players along with some close friends of Teresa's and the band (John Rabbit Bundrick from The Who on B-3 - Mike Finnegan from Etta James and Joe Cocker on B-3 - Tony Braunagel on drums from Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt as well as Herman Matthews from the Tom Jones Band, Tower of Power on drums) lending their musical talents have raised the bar on this melting pot blend of Texas blues, Southern roots Americana with one great song after the other here. One critic says... "There ain't no bad songs here... one great after the other". From roadhouse grease to soulful ballads, Teresa shows her Texas born and bred roots here and nails it with her best record to date. The Bottom Line shows you why she's getting the acclaim and recognition she deserves and why she and her band, The Rhythm Tramps are getting booked 'round the world at music and blues festivals everywhere.
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