John’s Blues Picks August 2015 – Terra Lightfoot “Every Time My Mind Runs Wild” (Sonic Unyon/Sony)
Terra Lightfoot “Every Time My Mind Runs Wild” (Sonic Unyon/Sony) | www.terralightfoot.com
With Crystal Shawanda already announced for the Women’s Blues Review, Terra Lightfoot’s second solo disc will give you a taste of the next featured artist to be announced. Just as Shawanda came over from country, Terra’s first one was an acoustic folk disc, although she’s also a member of the alt-country group The Dinner Belles. Rocking Blues seems to suit both of them.
Exhibit #1 is the opening track: “All Alone” which begins with a searing guitar intro from Terra herself. That gives way to her ear-opening blues voice. It may not always sing blues but with Lead Belly and Lightnin’ Hopkins listed among her influences, it certainly starts from the right place.
“All Alone” implores her newfound lover to stay for one more day as he leaves. Power chords underlie “No Hurry” as she urges a new lover to take his time. “Never Will” is a radio-friendly rocker that debuts as the new single and video (it’s at her web site and on YouTube) “See You In The Morning” tells a happier tale, over rolling drums and a quite wonderful bass line (played by Matthew Fleming).
On drums is Joel Haynes and Liam O’Neill is added on very effective keyboards to round a very good band. Other songs here revert to her acoustic, folky style to end the disc on a quieter note. The rockers I like are front-end loaded. Ms. Lightfoot is from Hamilton and is touring out west as you read this. Before heading out, though, she will have performed six of these songs with a rather larger band, the Hamilton Philharmonic on July 24. Get in early, this star is going to rise fast.
The web site is www.terralightfoot.com and it’s under construction as I write this but the music is available at all the usual places.