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Elizabeth McQueen / Press

“Surely one of the best listens of the year, Elizabeth McQueen's The Laziest Girl in Town is a fun, thoroughly enjoyable collection of retro-sounding jazz blues, alternately upbeat and pensive, wrapped around cleverly written songs. Influences for the project include Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone, although McQueen doesn't really sound like either icon.”

“Ray Benson called the current edition of his 40-year-old Western swing band Asleep at the Wheel among the best when he played Joe's Pub last year, and Elizabeth McQueen, who plays rhythm guitar and sings backup, is one of the reasons. But McQueen, who's been with the band since 2005, also has an impressive solo recording career, though the title of her third album The Laziest Girl in Town (Freedom Records) is misleading: She's actually most ambitious, as shown by the recently released disc's engaging blend of jazzy swing tunes (like the Cole Porter title track) with varied tempos and inventive vocals -- a marked departure from her previous outings. ”

“That unexpected weight swung into McQueen's capable hands when she got on the bus in 2005. The Wheel hadn't featured a female vocalist since Chris O'Connell left the second time in 1990, and its short list of female singers and players includes Maryann Price and Cindy Cashdollar. The challenge of taking her girl-next-door style – strong, soaring, big-band vocals that suit jazz as well as country – into a legendary band as at home at the Kennedy Center as the Broken Spoke appealed to McQueen's sense of adventure.”

"The Wheel also includes singer Elizabeth McQueen, who has a terrific new album of her own, The Laziest Girl in Town. On her previous record, McQueen paid tribute to the pub-rock sounds of Nick Lowe, Graham Parker, and other Brits. Here, however, she sounds just as at home in more of a supper-club setting, with jazz-inflected numbers that are suffused with sultry elegance. And McQueen's originals sit comfortably amid the Cole Porter title song and a Dan Hicks tune."

“With McQueen in marvelous voice, she [and her sidemen] imbue the album with a blue haze of cigarette smoke and the tang of cheap bourbon, which I hope was the effect she was trying to evoke. The only way this could sound even more authentic would be if McQueen nodded out during live shows.”

John Conquest - Third Coast Music

“Laziest Girl finds McQueen evoking the memories of a couple of her influences, Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Backed by a first-class band including some Wheel bandmates, McQueen puts her vocal and writing talents, and considerable imagination, to work to produce a hip and cool collection. More singers should be lazy like Elizabeth McQueen.”

““The Laziest Girl In Town” is the best vocal jazz record to come out of Austin since (Kat Edmonson’s) “Take to the Sky.” McQueen’s sweet southern twang — she also sings and plays guitar for Asleep at the Wheel — still drips off every word, but she’s turned her talents from traditional roots rock to 10 tracks of sometimes-smoky, sometimes-sugary jazz. Her original compositions — particularly “Mind of Men,” a brilliantly scalding, tongue-in-cheek, wholly accurate dissection of the male mind — hit that perfect Elephant Room-evoking sweet spot. Asleep at the Wheel’s Jonathan Doyle chips in pristine saxophone, with Floyd Domino — and let us all reflect on how perfect a piano player name “Floyd Domino” is — holding down the keys. But McQueen is really at her best on the covers: the resigned sigh of the Cole Porter-penned title track and a perfectly bittersweet version of the Magnetic Fields’ “You’re My Only Home,” a bone-deep cut off “69 Love Son”

“On her rock albums, McQueen was a solid if not particularly expressive singer; here, she’s lying back, bending pitches, and gliding through challenging material with impressive ease, inhabiting tunes by Cole Porter, Dan Hicks, and Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, as well as effervescent originals like “Mind of Men” and “You’re to Blame.”… . And on beautifully arranged ballads like “Anyone But You,” her singing graduates to the sublime.”

“Highlights include Nelson's push and pull with Asleep at the Wheel's Elizabeth McQueen on "I'm Sittin' on Top of the World" and the instrumental "South," first a hit in 1927, which features Paul Shaffer on piano and Vince Gill on electric guitar.”

“Riding the wave and going on a nationwide tour is already quite chaotic so imagine adding a new member to the mix.”

“The two-week tour has gone so well that the entire family is headed back out next month. Elizabeth's dad is now a "part-time road dog, part-time consultant."”

“Elizabeth McQueen is a trooper. After two weeks on the road and dearly in need of sleep, the Asleep at the Wheel vocalist spent some time on the phone with me last night just catching up. ”

“nother highlight of Willie And The Wheel is "I'm Sitting On Top of The World," which also puts the spotlight on Asleep At The Wheel singer Elizabeth McQueen.”

“There's no sleeping at the wheel during the tour for McQueen. She covers it in a "baby bus," the sometimes rebellious vehicle that transports her, Sanger and their 7-month-old daughter.”

“The standout, though, might be "I'm Sittin' on Top of the World," a loping, almost woozy song in which Nelson and the Wheel's honey-voiced honky-tonker Elizabeth McQueen trade lead lines as if they've been doing duets since Wills and Brown formed the Light Crust Doughboys, in 1931.”

“She finds a way to add smokiness to sweet material, and brightness to the tough stuff...This is poignant, and what I'm hearing is a smart cookie who pretends there's less going on in her music than there really is.”

“The album's 13 songs play like a good night at a local bar, with McQueen's sturdy voice gliding over the Firebrands' clockwork grooves.”

“It sounds like what it always was: a fleet, lithe, somewhat pissed-off pub-rock band, playing hard and loud and free enough to clear its astronomical bar tab.”

Roy Kasten - Riverfront Times
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