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Candye Kane
Guitar’d and Feathered
Ruf Records
13 songs; 40:04 minutes

We are approaching the day when the “professional studio” recording will be the exception instead of the norm. With digital recording systems meaning virtually anyone can record a CD, many albums that reviewers encounter sound exactly like they were recorded “at home.” Candye Kane’s latest release since White Trash Girl in 2005, also on Ruf Records, is fully competent with professional recording, mixing, mastering, and co-production by Bob Margolin.

Guitar'd & Feathered is a treasure chest of varied guitar, soulful music, and torch blues. There is a wide variety of styles, tempos, and guests, but Candye sings with such depth and power that she is always the central focus. Known for her exciting and entertaining - and sometimes adult-oriented - stage show, Candye is a natural-born, supremely-gifted vocalist who can sing her humanity and touch ours.

Kane’s vocal acumen is complimented by featured guest guitar players: Junior Watson, Dave Alvin, Bob Margolin, Sue Foley, Jeff (Jeffrey P.) Ross, Kid Ramos, Ana Popovic, Bob Brozman, and Popa Chubby. Bob Brozman’s guitars are pictured on the cover along with the curvaceous Candye adorned in feathers.

Guitar'd & Feathered begins with the retro swing of Junior Watson’s guitar, Bill Stuve popping on bass, and Kane’s eldest son, Evan Caleb, on drums. “My Country Man” kicks the party off in style. Next up, Dave Alvin slides into the atmosphere on a National Steel-bodied Guitar to make it clear: the listener is in for wonderfully different styles.

Other highlights are Candye’s convincing rendition of Guitar Slim’s “I Done Got Over It,” mutual laments from “Jesus and Mohammed” over today’s misguided religious violence, Ana Popovic’s playing on Kane original “I’m Lucky,” and the closing break-neck-speed Rock and Roller, “Crazy Little Thing” propelled by Popa Chubby.

What’s not to love when there is something for everybody?

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