|I have always admired Lucy's harmonica playing from the first
moment I heard her many years ago at the Penn Café. Her warm tone and skillful vibrato
has inspired me to new levels of my own playing. She is, and always has been a vocal
powerhouse with a set of pipes that would make an opera star blush. This recording
captures a few of the highlights of her many talents.
Lucy's vocals and harp are the
centerpiece of her latest release entitled "I'm a Woman." By far, the best way
to appreciate her is to see her at one of her live shows. This CD is mostly studio
versions of songs that Lucy performs live. It features some interesting arrangements that
are quite unique. Especially notable are the covers of "I'm Ready" and
"Hard to Handle." Both are very slick, and aggressive without being in your
The band behind her is a solid group of excellent musicians, but make no mistake; this
is Lucy's band. All players are there to lend their support any way they can. John Wolfe
and Mark Pollera do some great work on bass and drums respectively. Larry Belli does a
great job on guitar by delivering exactly the right thing at just the right time.
Pittsburgh's very own saxophone legend Johnny Smoothe and Victor Garzotto on the Hammond
Organ round out the line-up. Take note: this release contains Lucy's best work to date.
You'll need to get your own copy, cause' I'm not letting go of mine.