Up & Boogie
Western Swing With a Zing
Swing With a Zing, new out from Saddle Up & Boogie,
is aptly named, and will delight swing fans with its imminently
danceable tunes. There is something to be said for clear,
controlled vocals and happily precise instrumentation.
The band is crisp, and this collection fosters appreciation
of the unique, meticulous sound of Patti Maxine's steel
guitar and the sweet, purposeful vocals of singer Stella
Green" and "All Your Fault" are bouncy,
fun pieces, while the more sedate "Who Walks In"
and "Anytime" allow the marvelous Maxine to
strut her stuff on the steel guitar. However, what the
vocals accomplish in their appealing clarity on these
thoughtful selections, they sometimes lose in a lack of
emotive soulbut then, it's hard to sound like Patsy
Cline and still swing. This is no slight to Schlotterbeck,
Bohn, and McLaughlin, who present a polished framework
through which D'Oro weaves the lyrics. On a whole, the
band presents itself in a relaxed and comfortable manner,
as opposed to the in-your-face energy of many neo-swing
tracks include "Georgia Boogie" and the very
catchy "There'll Be Some Changes Made", the
latter song having already hit #1 on the Swing Top 40
chart. D'Oro seems to take great pleasure in singing "Cowgal
Blues", and her enthusiasm adds to the listener¹s
enjoyment of the lyrics. The obligatory standard "Is
You Is", presented in the context of Western Swing,
offers a refreshing and decidedly unique interpretation.
Special guest musician Dennis English calls attention
to himself on the fiddle in a jumping number titled, "My
Window Faces the South."
this album is memorable and polished. The friendly presentation
of its melodies makes it a good bet for a wide age group
of listeners or dancers. Let this CD be the cowboy hat
in your swing collection.
the band online at http://www.saddleupandboogie.com