Trudy Lynn

Come to Mama

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Although Trudy Lynn is far from a big name in the music world, her live appearances and good-to-excellent Ichiban output have earned her a small following on the blues circuit. However, it would be wrong to think of the brassy, big-voiced Lynn as strictly as a blues singer when she devotes so much time to the blues. In fact, you'll find more R&B than outright blues on her second Ichiban album, Come to Mama. "Fish Girl Blues" is the only actual 12-bar blues on the CD; the other selections are pure R&B. Lynn's R&B isn't high-tech urban contemporary, but rather recalls the organic soul music of the 1960s and 1970s. "When You Took Your Love From Me" and "Right Back In the Water" take us back to the type of rough-and-tumble soul that Memphis and Muscle Shoals were known for in the 1960s, while "Making Love to Me" has a 1970s-type flavor. Lynn isn't one to hold back emotionally; like Koko Taylor and Etta James, she screams, shouts, testifies and gets her points across in a highly convincing way.

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