Shelley King - Rockin' The Dancehall
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Rockin' The Dancehall (Lemonade, 2004)

Shelley King

Reviewed by Robert Wooldridge

This live effort from Austin singer-songwriter Shelley King has elements of country and blues with a heavy dose of southern blues rock.

The strongest country influence is felt on the acoustic "Chances Are," the bluegrass tinged "Running Out Of Blue" and "Call Of My Heart", also previously covered by Toni Price. More often the tunes are hard edged southern rock, particularly on "One Way Ticket To Austin," "Driving Myself" and "High On A Mountain." Other styles present are Cajun ("Texas Style Zydeco"), rockabilly ("One Shot At A Time") and the ballad "Summer School. "

King wrote or co-wrote 13 of the 14 songs here, with an impressive version of Billy Burnette's "Soul Searching" the only cover.

Though all the cuts are live, there are fades between the tracks to disrupt the concert feel a bit. King's powerful vocals are well supported throughout by Kris Brown (guitar, dobro), Kyle Judd (guitar), Bonnie Whitman (bass) and Perry Drake (drums). With strong performances and good tunes, Kings offers a pleasant collection.

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