Jane Lee Hooker: No B!

Great band name, but do the tunes match up?

Jane Lee Hooker No B! album artwork

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Concerned that there’s not enough ass-kicking female artists in 21st century blues? Well, here’s five in one band. On this, Jane Lee Hooker’s debut record, this superbly named all-female New York fivesome present their calling card – raw and explosive blues that’s dripping in soul.

Opener Wade In The Water is full of snarling attitude and backroom bar-blues licks, while Mean Town Blues has a rip-roaring 70s AC/DC vibe that Bon Scott would have given his left arm to leer over. There are sultry 12-bars aplenty here, but with plenty of sting in the tail, thanks to the sublime guitar work from Tina ‘T-Bone’ Gorin and Tracy Hightop, while frontwoman Dana ‘Danger’ Athens roars and rages to thrilling effect. They even nail a ballad, in the form of Free Me, which echoes The Black Crowes at their reflective best. No B!, indeed.

Rich Chamberlain

Rich Chamberlain has written for Classic Rock, Musicradar.com, Total Guitar, Nuts, FourFourTwo, Billboard, Classic Rock Presents The Blues and Classic Rock Presents Country.