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Etta Does Delbert

Etta Britt

Brittunes Music 2114

Review by David Bowing

 

Etta Britt first came to the public’s attention when she replaced Vicki Hakeman in the popular country act Dave & Sugar. She remained with the group for five years, 1979-1984. For over 20 years after that, she was an in-demand session singer in addition to raising a family.

She finally returned to the solo spotlight with the release of 2012’s Out Of The Shadows. She emerged as a gritty and soulful blues singer who also wrote all the tracks for her coming-out party.

Now she has returned with an album of primarily Delbert McClinton songs. She couldn’t have chosen a better person to cover as her voice is perfect for his brand of country/blues material. She has even recruited a number of his band members to provide support. Guitarist, husband, and session guitarist deluxe Bob Britt, keyboardist Kevin McKendree, bassist Steve Mackey, drummer Lynn Williams, and sax player Dana Robbins form a talented and tight unit. It also helps having the McCrary Sisters as backing vocalists.

Songs such as “Somebody To Love You,” “Boy You Better Move On,” “You Were Never Mine,” and “Best Of Me” are all top notch blues vocals. Her voice has gained a wonderful patina with the passage of years and it is on display here.

Etta Does Delbert is another fine effort from Etta Britt as she ascends the ladder of Nashville’s finest soul and blues singers. Hopefully more efforts of this caliber are in store in the future.

 

Rating: ***1/2

 

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