Donna Hopkins - Free To Go (2003)

Donna Hopkins - Free To Go (2003)

Artist: Donna Hopkins
Title Of Album: Free To Go
Year Of Release: 2003
Genre: Blues Rock
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps
Total Time: 00:59:11
Total Size: 137mb(+3%)(cover)

The debut from Georgia (by way of Alabama) singer/songwriter/guitarist Donna Hopkins is a long-awaited effort from an artist well-known for her weekly live gigs in and around her Atlanta home base. Blues-rockers who read liner notes closely will recognize her name from two vocal contributions to Tinsley Ellis' Hell or High Water 2002 release. But even Hopkins' fans would probably not expect her first album to be so well-produced and conceived. Shifting away from the barroom blues she plays live, Free to Go is a polished yet gutsy stab at Southern blue-eyed soul of the Bonnie Bramlett variety. Hopkins' tough, burnished voice has a Susan Tedeschi edge to it, but her music is more swampy, atmospheric, and diverse. The nearly seven-minute title track with its layered guitars, ominous organ, and oozing sensuality, is the album's centerpiece, but all of the tracks are as impressive. These songs aren't just blueprints, but fully formed, melodically mature statements about survival and growing up on the poor side of the tracks. Far from being overly sentimental, they exude a proud, hopeful assurance, helped immensely by Hopkins' natural, hardscrabble voice, and Bryan Cole's sympathetic production. Like The Band, these songs creep up on you, but the strong choruses, and Hopkins' emotionally charged presence, make them instantly likeable. With its bottleneck acoustic guitar and easily surging chorus, the album's first single, "Dirt Alabama Road," received some local airplay, and the Georgia Satellites/ Stonesy rocking of "U-Haul You Back" is a sure dancefloor filler. But it's the slower, less upbeat tunes, like "Everything Money Can't Buy," and the opening "Don't Ask Why," that are more impressive. The beautifully recorded sound is clean but not slick, especially for a low-budget, locally produced and distributed project. Even though the reprise of "Everything Money Can't Buy" -- sung as a duet with Hopkins' young daughter -- is a little cloying, the closing gospel-reggae of "I'll Fly Away" doesn't really mesh with the rest of the album, and the Hank Williams Sr. cover on which Hopkins' sings backup is extraneous, even as a bonus track. Free to Go proves that, even on her first album, Donna Hopkins is already focused and experienced enough to go big time.




Tracks:
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01. Don't Ask Why
02. Dirty Alabama Road
03. Everything Money Can't Buy
04. Free To Go
05. Thunderin' In The Thickets
06. U-Haul You Back
07. Anything
08. Little India
09. I'll Fly Away
10. Lone Gone Lonesome Blues
11. Everything Money Can't Buy (With India)
12. Little India

Personnel:
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Donna Hopkins - guitar, vocals
Kevin Thomas - Hammond B3 and Wurlitzer
Cindy Adler - bass
Richie Jones - drums, percussion
Additional musicians:
Steve Cunningham - Dobro, Lap Steel Guitar
Paw Paw "Tip" Barbie - Guitar (Acoustic), Vocals
Barry Thrasher - Mandolin
John Longoб Nick Longo - Saxophone
Joe Burton - Trombone
Vassar Clements - Fiddle
Doug Smith - Vocals (Background)

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Дата: 10-01-2017, 18:52 | Раздел: Music, Blues, Rock | Автор: vyc
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