Sounds Like: Leon Russell, Mavis Staples, Laura Nyro
Label: Solo2 Records/Swampgirl Music
Bio: On Sugarcane Revival, (May, 2015) singer-songwriter Beth McKee offers fiery-sweet songs full of tenacity and promise, sung to a deep southern groove all her own, a composite of regional impulses from places she’s called home; Mississippi, Texas, Louisiana, Florida and North Carolina.
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“Beth McKee has logged countless miles along the gulf coast between New Orleans and Florida, and her songwriting harnesses the timeless vibe of the swampland and honkytonks that line the route. Her third solo record, Sugarcane Revival is the culmination of that long journey, a collection of songs celebrating the myriad roads we travel and the rewards of perseverance..... McKee surrounds herself with a fertile and sympathetic collection of musicians on this release, including guitarists Tony Battaglia, Tommy Malone (The Subdudes), and Tim Lee (Tim Lee 3, The Windbreakers), bassists Dan Walters, Barry Dean, and Justin Beckler, drummer Juan Perez, fiddler Jason Thomas (Off-Kilter), and Evangeline’s Rhonda Lohmeyer on mandolin. While the liner notes don’t credit who plays where, McKee’s arrangements and Beckler’s mixing create a cohesive and consistent full-band sound for each cut. The playing is top notch, built around McKee’s keyboard and accordion leads, with a live, organic f”