The Way It Feels

The Way It Feels

by Roxanne Potvin


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The Way It Feels

The bilingual multi-instrumentalist (guitar/piano) and vocalist will likely be lumped with fellow Canadian blues women such as Sue Foley (who was instrumental in bringing her to Ruf's attention), but on the basis of this sophomore release, that's misleading. Rather, the Ottawa raised musician infuses blues into a variety of singer/songwriter styles. The Way It Feels, which was released in Canada almost a year before it came out in the States, revels in different musical set pieces that display Roxanne Potvin's sultry voice and eclectic stylings. The guest roster of Daniel Lanois, John Hiatt, Bruce Cockburn and Memphis Horns veteran Wayne Jackson indicates that Potvin is comfortable in styles besides the blues and R&B that characterize, but doesn't monopolize, this album. Terrific, even revelatory covers of Joe Tex's "I Want To (Do Everything for You)" and Freddie King's "Your Love Keeps Working on Me" find Potvin immersed in the soul aspects of the blues, and her own compositions that dominate this set occasionally follow suit. The lovely solo piano ballad "Don't Pay Attention" is clearly aimed at the Norah Jones crowd, as is the waltz time, French-sung "La Merveille." The jazzy "While I Wait for You," which features vibes along with Cockburn's electric guitar and producer Colin Linden's dobro, is another successful musical side road. Potvin shifts into '60s mode with her own "Caught Up," a song that could have been penned by Carole King during her Brill Building days, and a frisky, girl group charged cover of Jackie DeShannon's "Break Away." In other places, the disc shows why Potvin was nominated for a Maple Blues Award as Female Vocalist of the Year and also received a Juno nomination for "Blues Album of the Year." The opening swamp of "A Love That's Simple" sounds like a great lost Stax track (it's an original), and on the gospel-edged "Say It," a cover of a minor hit from the "5" Royales, Potvin references the classic doo wop era. Producer Linden helps tie these diverse strands together, as well as adding various guitars to the mix for a release that should put Potvin on the map as a talented newcomer who refuses to be pigeonholed.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2007
Label: Ruf
UPC: 0710347112822
catalogNumber: 1128
Rank: 113476

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Roxanne Potvin   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Piano,Electric Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Hand Clapping,Soloist,Harmony,Vocal Harmony
Bruce Cockburn   Electric Guitar,Guest Appearance
John Hiatt   Harmony,Vocal Harmony,Guest Appearance
Bob Babbitt   Bass,Upright Bass
Wayne Jackson   Trombone,Trumpet
Daniel Lanois   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Colin Linden   Acoustic Guitar,Dobro,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Baritone)
David Roe   Upright Bass
John Whynot   Hand Clapping
Mark Winchester   Bass,Upright Bass
Joe Rice   Background Vocals
Tom McGinley   Baritone Saxophone
Bryan Owings   Percussion,Drums,Hand Clapping
Robert Hamlett   Background Vocals
Paul Aucoin   Vibes
J.D. Fizer   Background Vocals
Mark W. Winchester   Bass,Upright Bass

Technical Credits

Joe Tex   Composer
Jackie DeShannon   Composer
Colin Linden   Producer,Engineer
John Whynot   Producer,Engineer
W. Tom Berry   Executive Producer,Management
Roxanne Potvin   Composer

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The Way It Feels 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was browsing through a Barnes&Noble store recently and stumbled across this intriguing album by a rather unfamiliar artist. I had never heard of Roxanne Potvin, and I'm sure the casual music listener hasn't either, but let me assure you, if anyone can channel the styles of Bonnie Raitt and Susan Tedeschi, it's definitely Roxanne Potvin. Thanks to the listening stations scattered around the store, I was able to sample the songs before paying full retail price for music that I had never heard. After previewing the first track, I knew that I had discovered a new and raw talent. Potvin's vocals have blues written all over them, and thanks to excellent production courtesy of Colin Linden, this rising Canadian songbird has cut one of the finest records to be released this year in the States. Roxanne Potvin is not an artist to be taken lightly. She's got a voice, and she's not afraid to use it - as evidenced on this excellent release. Hopefully, this is only the beginning for Roxanne Potvin.