Every Day Dream
This CD is just dripping with soul. Leeann has this wonderful kind of old time bluesy rock thing happening that echoes of Motown, Janice Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Marcia Ball and plenty of artists from the 60's and 70's that aren't around anymore. Her warm, full and slightly raspy voice is strong and consistent, and very versatile. As good as it is, the musicianship here is probably even better. There's no hiding the blazing melodic lead guitar solos by Johnny Mac and Larry Wilson, the slide guitar work of Papa Mali, the rhythm guitars by Sunnyman and Jackson, Riley Osbourn's Hammond B3, bass by Courtney Audain and drums by Frosty. Several other talented guests round the recording out nicely. The musicianshipmakes for a big bog sound that way exceeds the budget for this independent release. That's what friends are for, and Leeann has plenty of talented friends. Songwriting is also strong, with Leeann writing or co-writing most of the tracks. 'What's Your Situation' is a jazz departure, which reminds me of the jazz-pop from the mid 90's. Extra points goes for track 5, a tribute to Austin's beloved Mambo John Traynor.