20 Mar. 2012

Southland Blues Mag – “Mild Thunder”

As Tricia Freeman brings her big voice and country blues presence into the studio for this session, you can feel the excitement moving all around her. She’s been compared to Janis Joplin for good reason. And her vocal refrains stand out for the power that she drives throughout this program.

Eleven original songs (several written with partners) plus the rollicking “Mama He Treats Your Daughter Mean” allow plenty of room for expression. A blues band that includes guitarist K.K.Martin, bassist Baba Elefante, drummer Frank Cotinola, and more, surrounds the singer with suitable accompaniment, showering her with slide guitar swirls, keyboard rambles, and mild thunder.

“Ashes To Ashes” promises a touch of gospel passion, “Thought You Was the one” spells pure country blues, “You’ll Fall In Love With Me” evokes a hard-rockin’ drive, “Time To Call A Friend” wallows in country pride, and Freeman’s title track swings with a mellow timbre from the past. With this well-rounded, eclectic program, the singer and band provide a little something for everyone. She tells the stories and the band answers with understanding punctuation. Freeman sings ‘em loud and clear with genuine passion and convinces her audience with every bar.

~ Jim Santella, Southland Blues Magazine, March 2012

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