Shirley Johnson – Blues Attack
Delmark DE 798 (2009)
“Raised in the church but evidently born to sing the blues, Shirley Johnson belts like a spiritual daughter of Koko Taylor, flexing her husky voice on ballads and up-tempo love songs, hitting gravel when she reaches for a higher note or pushes her volume.” –Ted Drozdowski, PULSE!, from a review of Shirley’s first Delmark CD Killer Diller (Delmark 757). Shirley is back with that same blend of traditional good-rockin’ Chicago blues, smoldering R&B and poppin’ soul. Almost all of the 14 songs on Blues Attack are new original compositions by various musicians on the CD along with two great covers of classics “Unchain My Heart” and “634-5789”.