to My Bones', Zola Moon, Postmodern Music, 2002
Trying to find something that is not the
thing in blues music can give you the blues. 'Down
to My Bone' is different, though. Zola Moon takes a
chance here by having herself accompanied by only a
single acoustic guitarist on each of the sixteen cuts:
Michael Carter, Burke Wallace, or Kim Allison.
The opening cut is 'Time Is On My Side,' made famous
by The Rolling Stones, but the emphasis is on
traditional material like 'St. James Infirmary,' and
traditional sounding songs written by Moon.
The guitarists are all excellent, but the thing that
keeps things interesting is Moon's voice. Her voice is
strong and powerful, but she resists the temptation to
show it off. Instead, she uses emotion to make each song
tell a story.
Being the blues, most of the songs are sad. Moon makes
the pleading of her 'Help Me' and the pain of 'These
Steel Bars' come through. She even gives new life to
Willie Nelson's often done 'Night Life.' This CD gets to
the roots of the blues with just
vocals and guitar '' right down to the bones.
- Dave Howell