Rev. Jimmie Smith lives comfortably in the worlds of blues and gospel. As more artists are combining the two genres than ever before, Smith adds the classic Hammond B-3 ensemble sound to the performance.
St. Louis, and Houston (because hey, what's blues without a wee bit of Texas in there somewhere?) flavor his blues. Rock and Roll and Country can clearly be heard in there as well.
'Voodoo Woman' is the first blues album by Crystal Shawanda to be released in the United States. If you're a fan of those hard-hitting female blues stars of the past, you'll be a fan of hers too. In a word, this album is exceptional.
All in all, 'Sometimes the Blues Got Me' is a substantial album. No one can ever say Bob Koester doesn't know his stuff when it comes to blues and jazz. Picking Breezy Rodio for the Delmark label was another genius move.
"Music-wise, I guess more of the influence came from my dad. He didn’t want me not to be a musician, but he definitely wanted me to stay in school."