This review in Fireworks Magazine U.K. was supposed to be posted a while back but got overlooked by someone who doesn't always update the website like he should! (I wonder whom that would be?) Anyway, there will be an actual INTERVIEW in the same magazine coming up soon. In the interview Dr. Izzy and I talk about some things that fans ask about often, so stay tuned for that, um K!
"Teaming up with guitarist and song writer Robert Morrison, Dr. Izzy has made this Blues Rock flavored effort, covering a variety of moods and topics. Izzy possesses a strong, clear voice which sounds great on the harmonica drenched rocker 'Matches Don't Burn Memories' which also features Grammy winner James Cotton providing the effective Blues harp stabs. 'Soul Dance' is more acoustic and far darker lyrically, about a person being diagnosed with cancer. 'Earth Bound'...great electric Blues guitar riffing while 'Old Black Crow' harks back to a classic Delta Blues style. 'Passion's Not a Crime' features one of Izzy's best vocals on the record and it is the standout ballad. 'Hang Tough' is another standout for me with a great swagger about it and a cool riff. It's a solid collection of Blues themed songs, well performed and well sung. An impressive debut – it may be too bluesy for some of our readership but if you like the genre there is much to appreciate "- James Gaden, Fireworks Magazine U.K. (Feb 24, 2014)
We just found out about this great review in Blues Blast Magazine. Here it is!:
Sometimes, our greatest challenges and struggles provide our greatest inspiration. Such is the case with Dr. Izzy, a hardworking native of Groves, Texas. She began to go blind at the age of nine, but as she pointedly states on the ninth track of her debut album, "Don't tell me I'd be better off dead. I ain't ready for no dirt bed!" She's "Blind and Blues Bound," accompanied by Robert Morrison on electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, and cowbell, Larry Thompson on drums, and Kenny Passarelli on bass, Hammond organ, and piano. Several guest stars also join her, including James Cotton and Otis Taylor. Connoisseurs be forewarned: Even though all twelve songs on this CD are original, none of them is an example of pure blues. Rather, they represent hard rock, blues rock, and Americana. For fans of blues masters, Dr. Izzy's music is an acquired taste, as are her whiskey-gravel vocals. The following three songs pay the most homage to this e-magazine's favorite genre:
Track 01: "Matches Don't Burn Memories" – James Cotton and his trilling harmonica add a touch of classic blues to this hard-rock anthem of regret. Our narrator intends to rid herself permanently of romantic mementos: "I've been drinking whiskey, rocking on this porch. Got a box full of matches; each one's a little torch. Sifting through our pictures; like to burn 'em, every one. Been tossing out your clothes. Why is this so much fun?" Dr. Izzy minces no words, and neither does her husband Robert Morrison on thrashing electric guitar.
Track 02: "Soul Dance" – This revealing autobiographical number features Anne Harris on violin and Rose Red Elk on background vocals. Describing her battle against cancer, Dr. Izzy sings: "We'll do the soul dance. We'll look evil in the eye. Fight like you're in trance; you can make it if you try." There's a subtle Native American influence in Red Elk's soft chanting on the chorus. "Soul Dance" is the best song on this album, both lyrically and musically.
Track 05: "Old Black Crow" – Animals often serve as metaphors for the human condition, as it does in this meditative melody. Along with Otis Taylor on banjo, Dr. Izzy muses: "We screech through our lives like the old black crow. How do we prepare for what we could not see or know?" One might imagine seeing this avian omen on a cold morning during a thunderstorm.
Dr. Izzy and her fellow musicians' greatest gift is their lyrical and instrumental talent. One cannot deny the power of either, even if their music isn't blues per se. When you're "Blind and Blues Bound," troubles can bring triumph!
CD review of "Blind & Blues Bound" just in from THE ROCKER in the UK. Excerpts:
"This album ranges over genres...but it always has a blues root as befits a record that James Cotton and Otis Taylor pop up on...I don't know whether Dr Izzy is a real doctor, or whether she's a doctor in the same way that Professor Longhair was a professor, but I do know that she hails from Texas, went blind aged nine, but is one of those infuriating people who maintains a positive spin on things. Her main backing band here is guitarist Robert Morrison, Larry Thompson on drums, and Kenny Passarelli on bass, Hammond organ, and piano. And they put in a sterling shift. The best songs pop up early on, with the opening 'Matches Don't Burn Memories' a corker, pushed along by James Cotton and his ever splendid harmonica. With Otis Taylor on banjo, 'Old Black Crow' head off into roots rock territory, and then there is 'One Last Walk', which shines like an old soul tune.
Vocally, Dr Izzy has a unique style...it's certainly worth taking a chance on."
Very proud to say that we made Kai Turner's "Strictly Blues" playlist this week. Kai Turner, 'The Blues Vassal', is known as one of the Top Radio Personalities in the Blues and is the recipient of the 2009 Keeping Blues Alive Award from the Blues Foundation. Our song "Been a Long Time Comin" was played on multiple commercial radio stations that air Kai's show. Onward and upward! Thanks for the support Kai!!
Elated to announce that our CD "Blind & Blues Bound" made Nicky Baldrian's list of top 100 personal favorite albums of 2013, signed and unsigned. Nicky Baldrian works for Fireworks Magazine, an influential music publication in the UK.