Singer/Songwriter/pianist Sandy Carroll lives in McNairy County, Tennessee, but considers Memphis her spiritual home. She has been a working professional musician and composer since the 1980s. She has headlined at Lafayette's Corner Club on Beale Street in Memphis, released numerous albums, written professionally for countless other recording artists, and was awarded her own "brass note" on Beale Street which you can see installed in front of the Hard Rock Café. She even wrote the theme song for the Memphis Mad Dog football team, a member of the short-lived South Division of the Canadian Football League. Unnaturally Blonde follows up "Just As I Am", her first album for Catfood Records.
Sandy Carroll got plenty of high-caliber help on Unnaturally Blonde. Sandy's music is produced, mixed, and engineered by multi-Grammy Award winner Jim Gaines, who is also her husband. They brought in some pros with serious chops to back her up.
The result is a slightly bluesy, slightly country, lounge performance. Hear her in a hotel lounge, and you'll think she is much better than the room deserves, and probably ought to have some albums out. Sad to say, Unnaturally Blonde and doesn't have anything special to offer above a competently entertaining performance, well produced, with finely skilled backup musicians. The songs all sound vaguely reminiscent of other songs you've heard some other time, in some other place, but can't quite put a finger on. There's nothing grating, but nothing exciting, either.
Any song on this album would make a good "palate cleanser" for those times when you want to calm things down, slow them up, and change pace.
THE HOLMES BROTHERS
FEED MY SOUL
FISH IN DIRTY H20
THE KNICKERBOCKER ALL-STARS
OPEN MIC AT THE KNICK
RICK ESTRIN & THE NIGHTCATS
YOU ASKED FOR IT..LIVE
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