Post Review of Undertow
CATHY PONTON KING Undertow
Long Gone - Friday, January 25, 2008
Horns riffing, piano pumping,
organ grinding Cathy Ponton Kings latest collection of original songs
opens with the gospel-fueled shouter Little Bridge. Its brassy jubilance
stands out, thanks to several Washington-based musicians, but its spiritual tone
foreshadows many of the songs to come, including the piano ballad Let Me
Be the One and the soul groove Comfort and Blessings.
the blues heat up, King gets a chance to vent. The devastation wrought by Hurricane
Katrina inspires Dark Shroud, a tale of the storms aftermath
that benefits from Kings stirring vocals and a textured arrangement that
features Mike Lessins evocative slide guitar work.
Although Jeff King,
the singers husband, wrote Dark Shroud, Let Me Be the
One and the albums title track, the remaining songs were composed
by Cathy Ponton King. At least two of them deserve to be covered by kindred artists.
Its not hard to imagine Bonnie Raitt or Susan Tedeschi, for example, embracing
the languid musing Soft Sound or reveling in the funk blues Champagne
Days Are Over.
Crisply produced by Jeff King and Jim Robeson, Undertow
isnt aimed at blues fans so much as listeners who are happy to hear a gifted
singer-songwriter stretch out with a lot of help from her friends. - Mike Joyce