Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Livin' It Up
Hey Wino's! We've got 5, count 'em, 5 versions of one of the greatest drinking songs ever written over at Barstool Mountain! Just sayin', you know, maybe you might want to check it out.
Now, then, today we come to sing the praises of Lady Dottie and the Diamonds.
I picked up their cd on a whim, and I gotta tell ya, brothers and sisters, I was completely blown away. We're gonna indulge in a little (very deserved) hyperbole here, so brace yourselves.
Forget about the Detroit Cobras and any other half-baked "R'n'B" bar bands with "indie" cred and a singer who thinks she's Laverne Baker, Lady Dottie and the Diamonds are the real deal.
Straight outta San Diego, the Diamonds are a slanky, slinky, sweaty, stoned soul picnic, the Stooges meets the Staple Singers, and all points in between. They're everything you demand from a Rhythm and Blues band borne of the darkest dive, layering on groove upon groove of loud'n'bawdy soul sleaze.
And then there's Lady Dottie herself. This aint no warbly pussy shit you hear called Soul nowadays. Lady Dottie howls, growls and yowls her way through the record, all swagger and deep-husked rapture, the second coming wrapped with in the devil's hand, a voice that makes you want to fuck and say fuck you. A force of deep-Soul grunt and gravel, and truly the best vocal performance we've heard in years. Her voice give us feelings, if you know what I mean.
It's jukejoint music, at the end of the day, the kind of music that swings you low, and moves you up. There's nothing better.
There are mp3's below this, but keep in mind that this is an independent, unsigned (as far as we know) band. If you like what you hear, please consider picking up their record, which you can find here. I guarantee you'll be glad you did.
Lady Dottie and the Diamonds: I Aint Mad At Ya (mp3)
Lady Dottie and the Diamonds: Livin' It Up (mp3)
As ever, and we can't say this enough, please support your local independent record stores and artists. Yr local band could use all the support they can get.