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Margie Perez / Blog

Singing For My Supper's great review by Dean Shapiro from Where Yat!

Tall and slinky with a sultry vocal style, Margie Perez has become a Frenchmen St. “regular” over the past several years. Sitting in for a song or two with various groups, then latching onto a regular gig as a featured vocalist with Smoky Greenwell, she launched her first solo CD venture late last year, using some of the same personnel from Greenwell’s band, including Greenwell himself. The result is a pleasing eclectic mix of styles and tempos ranging from slow blues to lively, bouncy calypso/reggae numbers, all but one of which are originals written by Perez. Employing the talents of Wolf Hodges on guitar, Will Repholz on bass, and Kyle Sharamitaro on drums and percussion, Perez is front and center on every number with a voice that is alternately soft and sweet, then gruff and growly in true blues-belter style. On several of the tracks, she also sings the backup parts, thanks to some skillful in-house overdubbing made possible by the incomparable wizardry of Tim Stambaugh of Word of Mouth Studios. The standout tracks are “Who’s Yo’ Daddy?” “Unrequited Love,” “No Mo’” and the closer, “Ooh Baby La La,” each of which reps a different genre and allows Perez to demonstrate her versatility of styles. The CD features some fine solos by Greenwell on harmonica and sax on three of the cuts, Hart McNee on flute and Hodges on guitar. A promising first outing for a rising star. –Dean M. Shapiro