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The Betty Fox Band, 'Slow Burn,' Foxy Cavanagh Productions (REVIEW)

By Mike Greenblatt m.greenblatt@classicalite.com on Aug 19, 2015 05:10 PM EDT
Betty Fox Betty Fox displays her inner Janis Joplin on self-released 'Slow Burn.' (Photo : Savannah Lauren Photography)

Betty Fox has been called a combination of Janis Joplin and Joe Cocker. In fact, the only female vocalist working in similar terrain who is as intense as Fox is Beth Hart. You can tell it's deeply personal for Fox. She feels it. She bleeds it. That all comes across on stage and on CD where she will not stop until she has achieved her goal of making you love her. On a stage, you can't take your eyes off her. Dynamic, dramatic, she will go to any extreme to get her point across. She fights for every inch, and that's one of the main reasons she's driven crowds crazy in Norway, Denmark and the Southeast U.S. (where she's been working to keep blues alive on stages across Central Florida).

As the energetic front-person of The Betty Fox Band with guitarist Kid Royal, bassist Barry Williams, keyboardist Shawn Brown and drummer Sam Farmer, she cuts a dynamic figure and that appeal crosses over to Slow Burn, her hot hot follow-up to her Too Far Gone debut.

It's almost ironic how this gospel-trained singer took 20 years to make an album like Slow Burn. She's learned her lessons well in the art of emotion. When she sings Otis Redding's "Remember Me" with pleading desperation, or Willie Nelson's "Angel Flying Too Close To The Ground" with a roots-reverence for Willie's vision, Fox can galvanize with each gulp, stutter and heavy breath.

As a songwriter, she's the kind of gal who prefers the Saturday night/Sunday morning sin/salvation dichotomy so sure, you get your gospel, but you also get your hell-raisin' served up proud and loud.

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TagsBetty Fox, Janis Joplin, Joe Cocker

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