Rae Gordon Band | Better Than I Was

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Better Than I Was

by Rae Gordon Band

This 7-piece band rides the sweet spot between gritty downtown blues and uptown soul, with the powerhouse vocals of Rae Gordon front and center. This group won 3rd place in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in 2017.
Genre: Blues: Urban Blues
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1. Better Than I Was
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2. Elbow Grease
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3. Holding Back the Tears
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4. Hurry Bone
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5. Ain't Gonna Wait
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6. I Don't Believe You
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7. Someday Is Too Late
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8. You Coulda Fooled Me
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9. Standing on the Edge
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10. Dreams to Remember
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"One of the best recordings in blues regionally this year." – Greg Johnson, BluesNotes

“Take equal parts of Janis Joplin’s pain, Aretha Franklin’s soul and Grace Slick’s power; mix them thoroughly, add a big gob of gooey molasses and you have Rae Gordon’s voice.” – Positively Entertainment and Dining

The Rae Gordon Band sound is best described as blues and gritty soul, punched up by a powerhouse horn section. Rae is known throughout the Northwest and beyond for her wide vocal range and ability to connect with a crowd. The band won 3rd place in the 2017 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee, and was named Best Portland Blues Act in Willamette Week's 2017 reader poll.

The ten tracks on this CD highlight the songwriting skills of Rae Gordon and Pat McDougall, keyboardist and musical director for the band. The title track "Better Than I Was" features guest appearances by soulful songstress LaRhonda Steele and master harmonica player Rich Layton.

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Barry Sawyer

Great got greater!
I first saw Rae Gordon and her band this Spring at the Bonita Blues Festival in Bonita Springs, FL. By the second song of the set I knew I was going to buy their music. These folks are real pros. The whole band is so tight, and the horn section is nothing less than syncopated splendor! Together, with a fantastic keyboard and Rae's soulful pipes, this band blew me and the whole Bonita crowd away. Do yourself a favor and support these guys by purchasing this CD. You won't be sorry. Every cut is great. This album brings a combination of fantastic blues, funk and soul, and , by the way, Dreams to Remember is gonna give you chills. Check out their previous CD Dirty Flowers. It's really good too! Rae Gordon, please come back to Bonita!
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