Lemonace

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All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Even though veteran West Coast bassist Johnny Ace contributed to Cathy Lemons' 1997 solo release and the two have been frequent collaborators for some time, this is the first album where they share co-billing. Ace, not to be confused with the '50s R&B star, has supported dozens of classic blues and R&B musicians through the years to little acclaim, but has found a perfect partner with husky, sassy vocalist Lemons. The duo's debut effort is a rousing, rollicking affair that shifts from gutsy garage rocking to rugged, torchy blues. Even more impressive is the material -- all but two tracks are originals, many based on driving bass licks such as the raw funk of "I Got...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Hal Horowitz
Even though veteran West Coast bassist Johnny Ace contributed to Cathy Lemons' 1997 solo release and the two have been frequent collaborators for some time, this is the first album where they share co-billing. Ace, not to be confused with the '50s R&B star, has supported dozens of classic blues and R&B musicians through the years to little acclaim, but has found a perfect partner with husky, sassy vocalist Lemons. The duo's debut effort is a rousing, rollicking affair that shifts from gutsy garage rocking to rugged, torchy blues. Even more impressive is the material -- all but two tracks are originals, many based on driving bass licks such as the raw funk of "I Got It" and the opening double-time soul blast of "Brand New Day." Lemons naturally takes most of the leads but Ace is a constant presence, delivering meaty basslines and the occasional duet or front vocal. It's a combustive combination that explodes early on with "Love Like a Fire," a punky soul jam with a propulsive joint vocal that's as fiery and live-sounding as a studio track can get. Guitarist Kid Andersen, who co-produces, contributes to a handful of songs, but most of the six-string work is handled by Pierre Le Corre. His taut, jagged solos mesh perfectly with the front couple, filling in the spaces but seldom hogging the spotlight. Ace is prone to telling somewhat rambling stories as on "Sink or Swim" and the closing "Move On," an acquired taste that might work live, but is less intriguing on an album meant to be replayed. Lemons is a tough, soulful vocalist bearing some similarities to Bonnie Raitt, but with a plucky strut and delivery that are both playful and powerful. When she lets loose on the slow blues of "I'm Not the Woman I Used to Be" and "Gimme a Penny," she builds an intensity and momentum that are as impressive as the female blues greats who have influenced her, such as Big Mama Thornton, who previously recorded the latter tune. Lemonace might be the first album from both Ace and Lemons as partners, but the decades of hard work that preceded it are evident in every blistering moment. One hopes this is the beginning of a fresh and fruitful career for this synergetic and searing partnership.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/2010
  • Label: Vizz Tone
  • UPC: 634457528123
  • Catalog Number: 1
  • Sales rank: 269,559

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brand New Day - Johnny Ace (2:59)
  2. 2 Love Like a Fire - Johnny Ace (3:45)
  3. 3 Used To These Blues - Johnny Ace (5:37)
  4. 4 Sink or Swim - Johnny Ace (4:54)
  5. 5 Shoot To Kill - Johnny Ace (8:02)
  6. 6 When Bad Luck Looks Good - Johnny Ace (3:56)
  7. 7 Gimme a Penny - Johnny Ace (6:03)
  8. 8 I Got It - Johnny Ace (3:10)
  9. 9 Stay - Johnny Ace (5:23)
  10. 10 I'm Not the Woman I Used To Be - Johnny Ace (4:41)
  11. 11 Get This Thing Off'a My Back - Johnny Ace (5:40)
  12. 12 Move On - Johnny Ace (6:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cathy Lemons Primary Artist, Vocals, Background Vocals
Ron Thompson Slide Guitar
Paul Oscher Harp
David Maxwell Piano
Kid Andersen Organ, Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Artie "Stix" Chavez Drums
Pierre Le Corre Guitar, Rhythm Guitar, Slide Guitar
Johnny Ace Bass Guitar, Background Vocals, Rap, Lead
Technical Credits
Baby Washington Composer
Tommy Castro Liner Notes
Cathy Lemons Composer, Producer, Artwork
James C. Moore Composer
Kid Andersen Producer, Engineer, Mastering
Trudy M. Rhone Composer
Pierre Le Corre Composer
Johnny Ace Composer, Producer
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