SOUL SUGA’ & DIANE DURRETT
Blooming Tunes Music
To be honest I did not know much about this lady other than the name being well revered. Durrett has opened shows for Tina Turner, Faith Hill, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton, and Derek Trucks and sung with: has sung with Sting, The Indigo Girls, Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones) and Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow).
Diane is not only an artist but a producer as well. She started producing in major studios in the early 90’s but in 2010 she began her artist development company Blooming Tunes Music. Since then Diane has coached numerous singer/songwriters and produced CDs on up and coming artists.
Hailing from Georgia she has clearly absorbed the feel of the place and gives it out generously. The voice is full of soul, smooth, sassy, sensual, cheeky, passion, power, diverse and a great range. The people who take part in this record read like a who’s who of Georgia cream and briefly your ears can bear witness to the likes of: Yonrico Scott on drums and vibraphone, Melissa “Junebug” Massey on drums and percussion, Ted Pecchio on bass, Randall Bramblett on piano and sax, Tinsley Ellis, Oliver Wood and Markham White on guitars, and a host of others on horns, background vocals etc, must have been some studio party when the recording was finished.
This album is likely get your blood pumpin’ and your urge to dance in motion and at the same time the voice is so, so satisfying. Diane draws you in by telling you she is going to Show Up Sexy and how first impressions make a mark, and that is exactly what she does with this statement of song. The horns rip into the story of Sassy Larue, a vivacious Blues singer before Tinsley Ellis joins her on Woohoo. All told a fine and enjoyable album that covers many moods.