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Sweet Claudette Releases 'Shaking Up The Bucket' CD
Sweet Claudette, Detroit’s Matriarch of the blues delivers nine of the spunkiest, sassiest, stankiest, funkiest blues on her 2011 B4Reel Records release, 'Shaking Up The Bucket'. It has jazzy, countri-fied blues, country-rock and R&B genres.
There are plenty of great moods. The title track 'Shaking Up The Bucket' is a grooving funk instrumental, pushing at the seat huggers to get up and shake it loose. 'Sending You To Man School' has a smooth jazz ambience, (i.e.) Sade’ meets Santana, add in some flute and percussion. Could be a great one for romance. 'Dance & Party' is a good New York or Chicago Hustle dance type number. Sweet Claudette likes the music to be hot, on and popping. Brian Smith adds lots of tasteful harmonica on 'Dance & Party. Howard Glazer threw in some wah-wah, and Greg added the fat backbeat. There are more wonderful original songs to experience on the Shaking Up The Bucket CD.
Sweet Claudette says “I give the musicians space to showcase what each brings to Shaking Up The Bucket. That cannot always be done in 3:38.” Howard (guitar) spins some rock edged licks, jazzy smoothness, blues and countrified rock. Gerry Mattei (guitar) delivers his tasty country rock blues riffs on My Ford Taurus SEL. John Arena (bass) plays it cool for his part of the foundation. Greg Manning (drums / percussion) lets you know these songs do not call for a tick tock heartbeat. Greg provides showcase space for each of the musicians to get the dancers jumping to the beat. Joe Mitchell (guitar) and Mickey Atkins (keyboard / organ) add just the right flair on a song or two. Marty Montgomery (sax), Mark A. Croft (Trumpet), and Ms. Deblon Jackson (flute) play a music carpet of smooth solos, accents and tasteful horn lines. This band of great players can also deliver some cool cover songs, too.
Shaking Up The Bucket is great party music, so put it on your favorite player and crank it up. This blues lady boasts of her show rules “all you party people need to bring your dancing shoes … or seatbelts.” She has been a blues icon in the Midwest for quite a few years. Sweet Claudette was signed late in 2010 by Blue Skunk Music for worldwide distribution on her 2009 That Man’s Got To Go release.
Sweet Claudette has performed internationally in Canada. She was featured as one of the five Alabama Women of the Blues 2005 – 2010. She is scheduled to perform on the 2nd Annual Johnny Shines Blues Festival in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, August 27, 2011.
”Claudette is a blues angel who can write one quirky and unforgettable song after another. George Seedorf, writer, Big City Blues
“Sweet Claudette (Harrell) has an interesting voice … low, breathy, but at the same time strong and clear. Like coffee or cigarettes, it’s an acquired taste, but one which, once acquired, will have you hooked.”
Sweet Claudette was nominated for a 2010 Detroit Black Music Award.
Page Updated Last on: Apr 18, 2011