Can't Keep a Good Woman Down!

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The '90s and early- to mid-'00s saw the arrival of some impressive female soul singers, including Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Syleena Johnson, and Jill Scott. But those artists are not soul singers in the old-school sense; they are neo-soul/urban contemporary vocalists with a strong hip-hop influence. In order to hear artists who still specialize in soul music in the classic '60s and '70s sense, listeners need to look elsewhere -- and one place to look is the blues circuit, which is where you will find Monica Parker, aka Sista Monica. The big-voiced Midwesterner isn't strictly an R&B singer, although R&B is certainly a major ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The '90s and early- to mid-'00s saw the arrival of some impressive female soul singers, including Alicia Keys, Erykah Badu, Mary J. Blige, Lauryn Hill, India Arie, Syleena Johnson, and Jill Scott. But those artists are not soul singers in the old-school sense; they are neo-soul/urban contemporary vocalists with a strong hip-hop influence. In order to hear artists who still specialize in soul music in the classic '60s and '70s sense, listeners need to look elsewhere -- and one place to look is the blues circuit, which is where you will find Monica Parker, aka Sista Monica. The big-voiced Midwesterner isn't strictly an R&B singer, although R&B is certainly a major part of what she does. Parker, like many people on the blues circuit, has one foot in electric Chicago blues and the other in '60s and '70s style R&B -- and she does both things equally well on Can't Keep a Good Woman Down. Her approach is best described as Koko Taylor by way of Etta James as opposed to Etta Jones, Aretha Franklin and Mavis Staples; if someone asks whether Parker is a blues singer or an R&B singer, the answer should be "both" and she has gospel credentials as well. Parker gives 100 percent on this 2005 release whether she is performing urban blues on "Surrender to Love" and "Show Me What You're Working With," or embracing '60s and '70s-style soul on the sassy "Lip Service," Sam Cooke's gospel-drenched "A Change Is Gonna Come," and Willie Nelson's "Funny How Time Slips Away." The latter, it should be noted, started out as a country-pop ballad but has, on more than one occasion, found its way to the R&B world, and the expressive Parker reminds us how well Nelson's gem can work outside a country-pop setting. No one will accuse Parker of being innovative or groundbreaking, but when it comes to passion, warmth, and excitement, blues and soul lovers can't go wrong with this hour-long CD.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Mo Muscle
  • UPC: 837101050548
  • Catalog Number: 8888
  • Sales rank: 181,879

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Sista Monica Parker Primary Artist, Vocals
Chris Cain Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Larry McCray Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Danny Caron Rhythm Guitar
Chris Cobb Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Brenda Roy Soprano (Vocal)
Nicolas Bearde Tenor (Vocal)
Ron E. Beck Drums
Paul "Polo" Jones Bass
Mike Schermer Rhythm Guitar
Mike Olmos Trumpet
David O Jones Bass
Tanya Fitzgerald Tenor (Vocal)
David Tucker Drums
Terry Hiatt Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Doug Rowan Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Willie Nelson Composer
Sam Cooke Composer
Steve Savage Engineer
Scott Sorkin Engineer
Sista Monica Parker Composer, Producer, Executive Producer
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