CD Review – Teresa James and the Rhythm Tramps “Come On Home”
Even though she mainly plays piano Teresa James has certainly taken many of her moves from the Bonnie Raitt playbook for her new album Come On Home. The immaculately produced album features a mix of blues, soul, boogie and Cajun spiced funk delivered by a wide array of players including monster drummer Herman Mathews, the Mingo Fishtrap Horns and her own rhythm Tramps all under the keen direction of bassist/writer and producer Terry Wilson. All the songs are a living tribute to classic rhythm and blues with standout tracks such as the greasy funk of the title track and the blazing duet “If I Can’t Have You,” that pairs James with Mike Finnegan on the Etta James standard. The barrelhouse boogie “Long Way from Texas,” is an instant sing along favorite that shows off James piano chops. You can taste the gumbo with the accordion and second line drums providing the Rue for the authentic swamp funk of “Voodoo Doll,” with James delivering some saucy vocals. James testifies to the rigors of life on the gospel infused ballad “Carry That Burden,” and lets the fire of a woman scorned rip it up on the horn fueled rock house “I Can Do Better.” Come On Home will no doubt become a milestone album for veteran blues woman Teresa James who has paid her dues and deserves her moment to shine.
Rick J Bowen