City Of The Dead
Posted in Honey on 02.21.06

We went to Hem last night in Charlotte and it was a good time, the stripped down band sounded good (minus the awful keyboard piano sound) and Sally’s voice is even more amazing live. The new songs sound really good, and hopefully it will help me forget that their last release, the b-sides collection “Whatever Happened To Tom?” was almost all bad.

Lena and Sylvester Kimbrough hail from Kansas City and recorded a handful of piano blues tracks that are all really solid. My favorite is this surprisingly melancholy tribute to New Orleans blending both New Orleans and Kansas City blues into one really wonderful song. The recording is a bit rough but, turn it up a little bit and everything will come through. Lena has a beautiful voice that really shines despite the recording, the instrumentation is really good, but hard to hear trough the static.

Lena and Sylvester Kimbrough – City Of The Dead


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By Steve Sims on 04.07.06 8:46 am

“Lena” was a mistake by the label – the singer is Sylvester’s sister Lottie Kimbrough, who also recorded under her married name as Lottie Beamon. One of my favourite singers, check out later sides like “Rolling Log Blues” with the superb Miles Pruitt on guitar – great stuff!

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