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Sugarcane Revival

by Beth McKee

Piano driven songs as earthy and raw as the cane fields that, like Beth's past, stretch across the American Gulf Coast.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Long Road Back
3:43 $0.99
2. Break Me Down
3:46 $0.99
3. Promised Land
4:29 $0.99
4. Right At the Gate
3:39 $0.99
5. Nobody Knows Like Me
3:46 $0.99
6. A Place for Me
4:10 $0.99
7. Abraham and Alice
4:05 $0.99
8. Unravelled
3:14 $0.99
9. And Everything Changed
4:28 $0.99
10. Dress of Fire
3:23 $0.99
11. Trouble the Waters
3:48 $0.99
12. You Better Turn Around
3:14 $0.99
13. Fire, Wind and Water
4:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
“You’ve got to put sugarcane through the fire to get to the good stuff,” McKee says, comparing the process of burning cane fields in preparation for harvest to the abstemious production values of Sugarcane Revival. Opener “Long Road Back” sets the tone, devoid of pretense, with a propulsive beat and tellurian lyrics.

“I wanted every song to hit that sweet spot where the listener identifies with my odyssey,” she says. “We’re all on this road together, but too often we travel it alone.” The result is both bitter and sweet, a deeply passionate combination of funk and emotion, power and vulnerability,
led by Beth's upright piano and churning drum grooves from husband and bandmate Juan Perez.

Musical highlights include subdude Tommy Malone’s mesmerizing slide guitar, beguiling horn lines from Hall & Oates saxman Charlie DeChant, Tony Battaglia’s co-writes (most notably on “Trouble the Waters and “Break Me Down”) and Jason Thomas’ haunting fiddle, all musician/artists of their own note who also brought their talent to McKee’s lauded 2012 release, Next to Nowhere . A fresh musical presence on Sugarcane Revival is childhood friend Tim Lee’s Memphian guitar.

Beth is considered a Louisiana artist by many, and for good reason. Her piano style smacks of Professor Longhair and Fats Domino, well demonstrated on Next to Nowhere’s “Not Tonight, Josephine” which enjoyed high rotation on XM radio’s Bluesville channel, among others. Her first break came when her New Orleans band Evangeline signed with MCA Records, via Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville imprint, and her first solo effort I’m That Way (2010) was a tribute to Louisiana songwriter Bobby Charles, who endorsed her enthusiastically. New Orleans Offbeat Magazine describes Beth as “Bonnie Raitt with less of the over-polish, Lucinda Williams with her act more together. Maybe Dusty Springfield if she had a weekly honky tonk gig.”

Prior to her New Orleans residency, Beth was a respected member of the rhythm-and-blues scenes in Austin and Jackson. Nowadays, she and Juan split their time between Florida, Louisiana, North Carolina and all parts Southern in-between.



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