Bluesville Review of “Undertow”
Translation of a Dutch review from Bluesville Online Americana blues music magazine


It has cost us blood, sweat and tears to convince Cathy Ponton King that we really discuss her albums, place the review on our website and mail her the feedback if any, something that probably has not happened in the past with other e-magazines. This is really surprising, because for her debut album Lovin’ You Right (’90’s) Telecaster master Cathy Ponton King could rely on the generous assistance of her husband Jeff King, guitar great Jimmy Thackery, Jerry Portnoy (harmonica), John Previti (bass), Joe Stanley (sax) and Bill Starks (piano). A respectable company!

Chivalrous as we are, we could not wait a minute to immediately review Undertow by the local blues queen of Vienna, Virginia, and we immediately understand why she is being compared with Bonnie Raitt , Alice Stuart (the Formerlys) and can be proud of among others this praise… “a chanteuse with soul to spare.”

The opening track “Little Bridge” contains a decent section of contagious gospel blues with Billie Starks on a Hammond B3 organ and a horn section (Bruce Swaim on sax, John Jensen on trombone, and Chris Battistone on trumpet) that blows the soul out of their body. “Can’t Let you Walk Away” and the sweet soul ballad “Let Me Be The One” (James Bellows on accordion), the extremely beautiful “Soft Sound”, title track “Undertow” and “Comfort & Blessings” justify the above-mentioned praise.

Cathy and band add some rock with “Things Turned Out That Way” and “Dark Shroud” (Mike Lessin on slide guitar and Bill Starks on organ), and with “Since You’ve Gone” its time for some ragtime – blues, this time with Bill Starks on piano and John Jensen on trombone in a shining role, and with the swinging “Soul Touch,” Cathy will no doubt raise the hairs of “Rootsville” Freddy the last Sax – Motown.

“Champagne Days are Over” …. no way, the party still has to start and it would be very nice if it would continue somewhere beginning July in the Deusterstreet in Peer. With Muddy Waters as teacher, on stage with Albert King, Willie Dixon, Koko Taylor, James Cotton, Paul Butterfield, Roomful of Blues, Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Nappy Brown, Luther “Guitar” Jr., Bob Margolin, Jimmy Thackery, Bobby Parker, Eddie Clearwater, Sonny Landreth, Marcia Ball, and Buddy Guy….”Love you Madly” Cathy ! (SWA)

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