Talk Memphis

Talk Memphis

by Toni Price


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Talk Memphis

Austin mainstay Toni Price (who moved to San Diego shortly before the release of this set) ups the energy on her first album in four years. Talk Memphis rocks a bit harder, brings tougher soul, and generally burns hotter than much of the singer's catalog. As usual, she chooses terrific material to work with. From the greasy Memphis groove of the title track to the rootsy funk of "Am I Groovin' U?" to an obscure blues-soul gem from Stax's tag team of Hayes/Porter called "Leftover Love" (originally performed by Mable John), Price stamps these songs with her distinctive and sexy Southern drawl. Longtime cohort Gwil Owen contributes three tunes that tap into his country-folk pedigree. Price also digs deep into the Ashford & Simpson catalog for the R&B grit of "Runnin' Out'" and tears through the Ann Peebles' staple "99 Pounds" with the driving yet subdued passion that informs all of her work. Price slinks around Owen's "The Power" like a cat on the prowl and returns to Memphis again for a cover of Booker T. Jones' "Sorry About That." The Texas Horns and female background vocals (to which she often overdubs herself) bring even more sultry soul to a few tracks, including Allen Toussaint's "Mean Man." The band of Austin pros plays with hot-buttered precision, and even though Derek O'Brien's production is in the pocket, the sound is somewhat reserved for music that thrives on passion. Regardless, it adds up to a rousing good time that doesn't expand Price's borders as much as refine what she has already proved to do so effectively. It's another in a series of terrific releases from one of Southern music's best-kept secrets, who seems to improve with the passing years.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/02/2007
Label: Texas Music Group
UPC: 0049891006326
catalogNumber: 63
Rank: 142226

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toni Price   Primary Artist
Marcia Ball   Piano
Rich Brotherton   Background Vocals
James Fenner   Percussion
David Grissom   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Derek O'Brien   Bass,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
George Rains   Drums
Larry Fulcher   Bass
Johnny Moeller   Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Kaz Kazanoff   Saxophone
John H.R. Mills   Baritone Saxophone

Technical Credits

Eddie Floyd   Composer
Jesse Winchester   Composer
Don Bryant   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Isaac Hayes   Composer
Booker T. Jones   Composer
Derek O'Brien   Producer
Gwil Owen   Composer
David Porter   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Allen Toussaint   Composer
Bert Russell   Composer
Dick Reeves   Art Direction
John H.R. Mills   Arranger
Wendy Colonna   Composer
Richard Ferreira   Composer

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