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SISTA MONICA PARKER

SOUL BLUES & BALLADS

2010-02-03

Sista Monica Parker calls Soul Blues & Ballads her tribute disc to three of her heroes, the late greats Koko Taylor, Ruth Brown and Katie Webster. On this disc she brings the best of these three artists to life with one of the best female vocal performances of 2009. Her voice has all the soul and grace you would discover on a 1950’s or 1960’s Ruth Brown soul recording for Atlantic Records. The power of Etta James or Koko Taylor when she sings the Willie Mitchell classic “Come to Mama” or “A Chance To Breathe” a track originally released on Sista Monica’s 2000 release “People Love the Blues”. On “Never Say Never” Sista Monica leads you into the sensuous side of the blues and ends with a powerful blues explosion. “Pussy Cat Moan” is a blues jewel that Katie Webster performed and made her own, with the powerful vocal delivery Sista Monica gives to this gem it would make the queen of the Louisiana swamp blues proud. It doesn’t matter if Sista Monica Parker is singing Soul, Gospel, Ballads or Blues her voice will warm you and make you feel oh so good inside. Reviewed By: Gregg Saur

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