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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

CD Review: Pamela Betti & Dirty Blues - Dirty Blues For A Dirty World

Pamela Betti & Dirty Love – Dirty Blues For A Dirty World
2007 Pamela Betti & Dirty Love

Commack, Long Island isn’t exactly a hotbed of The Blues, but listen to Pamela Betti & Dirty Love’s debut CD Dirty Blues For A Dirty World and you’d think differently. Centered around the sultry voice of Pamela Betti, Dirty Love is a top-notch Blues Band than can burn the house down. Dirty Blues For A Dirty World is a studio album with a live sound. I would guess that production was kept to a minimum here in order to capture the energy of a live show. This technique is incredibly successful, and yields a recording with depth and energy that is often lacking in recorded media.

Dirty Blues opens with Betti’s Blues, which was selected to be the theme song for the dark comedy The Dysfunctional Book Club . This song is three minutes and thirty seconds of blues-rock bliss, and sets the stage for what is to come. Songs such as Tall Skinny Papa, Dirty Little Secret, Down and Dirty and Oreo Cookie Blues will have you jumping out of your seat.

Throughout Dirty Blues, Rich Thiel and Mike Scalzo comprise one of the tightest rhythm sections you will ever hear. Bill Marino provides smokin’ hot guitar, and Tommy Keys adds some of the filthiest blues piano licks in town. All of this is to counter the gorgeous and over-the-top vocals of front woman Pamela Betti, who can rip it up with the best of them (check out the cover of Janis Joplin’s Piece Of My Heart), or break your heart (Middle Of The Night).

Pamela Betti & Dirty Love are stars in the making. This is a world-class Blues album. They already get airplay on blues stations around the world. Expect to hear a lot more from Pamela Betti!

Rating: 4.5 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Pamela Betti at Dirty Blues In A Dirty World is currently out of stock on CD Baby , but keep checking back!

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