Artist: Annika Chambers and Paul DesLauriers
Label: VizzTone Label Group
Number of Tracks: 11
Review by Craig Whittington
Here’s a couple of blues artists that have both recorded and performed as solo acts and in support of others. Annika may be described as soul/gospel, Paul as blues/rock. They’re probably friends from the road and decided to do an album together. Umm, not exactly. They were briefly introduced to each other at the 2018 IBC. They met again at a recording session in 2019, by August of that year they were married. Somehow during lockdown they are teamed up with blues guitar man JP Soars and record this concept album in his drummer’s home studio. One of the positives outcomes of too much time to ponder the inevitable collapse of civilization. Annika says, “Think Mavis meets the Stones”.
There is plenty of fun here, for example they cover Mountain’s “Mississippi Queen” with Annika belting like a rockstar and without modifying lyrics for an opposite sex vocalist. And she is selling it, of course, no disappointments. If you threw a couple guitar players in a room and they DIDN’T eventually jam out one of their fav old rockers, that would signal “the end is near” more than a damn virus. Something about being newly wed seems to have been good to these two. Maybe I’ll find out when I’m older…
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