|Demetria Taylor - Bad Girl|
by Willard Manus
Chicago-born Demetria Taylor is part of a famous blues family: her late father Eddie "Playboy" Taylor was a guitarist and her mom is a blues singer, and no fewer than seven relatives are working musicians. Demetria has been singing professionally since her teens but didn't put together a debut album until recently.
BAD GIRL was worth waiting for, though. On the Delmark release, the 39-year-old vocalist proves to be a blues belter par excellence, attacking twelve classic tunes with gusto, showing off her impressive pipes and fiery spirit throughout. Backed up by a hard-charging combo (guitarists Shun Kikuta and Eddie Taylor, Jr., keyboardist Roosevelt Purifoy, bassist Greg McDaniel and drummer Pookie Styx), Demetria pumps life into such classic tunes as "Hoochie Coochie Woman," "Bad Girl" (written by her father), "Cherry Red Wine" and "Wang Dang Doodle."
the band on a few key tracks were special guests Big Time Sarah (vocals)
and Billy Branch (harmonica), stalwarts of the still-thriving Chicago
blues scene. Demetria leads the way with her big, growly voice, shifting
gears every once in a while to deliver a slow, deep-hurtin' blues. All
in all, this is a CD to cherish, especially when party time comes around.