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My Obsession

by Shari Puorto

Blues/Rock and a whole lotta soul! Who is Shari Puorto? Combine Etta James, Melissa Ethridge, Susan Tedeschi, Bonnie Rait and the soul of Janis Joplin!
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  Song Share Time Download
1. It's a Damn Shame
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2. Home of the Blues
3:33 $0.99
3. Six Months Sober
2:55 $0.99
4. Sugar Daddy
3:50 $0.99
5. My Obsession
3:56 $0.99
6. Old Silo Road
3:55 $0.99
7. Workin' the Room
2:52 $0.99
8. Better Left Unsaid
3:44 $0.99
9. What's the Matter With the World?
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10. All About You
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11. Turned to Stone
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12. When a Man Loves a Woman
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Who is Shari Puorto? Combine Melissa Ethridge, Etta James, Bonnie Raitt, and the soul of Janis Joplin.

It is always good to come across an album that, on first listening and all subsequent plays, holds your interest right through from beginning to end, and this certainly qualifies on that score, from the early 70s rock sound of the introduction to the otherwise funky blues of ‘It’s A Damn Shame’ to the closing notes of the oh-so soulful cover of Percy Sledge’s ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ 44 minutes later. Shari is now based in Los Angeles, and although she is probably best categorised as a blues artist, she has that Muscle Shoals approach down pat, with a couple of detours into country too. She is a powerful vocalist and writes some good songs too – all apart from that closing item are her own. Mind you, she does have Barry Goldberg as co-author on eight tracks, and the calibre of musicians helping out on this set includes the likes of keyboards players Barry, Jim Pugh and Mike Finnigan, and guitarists Johnny Lee Schell, Jimmy Vivino and Steve Fister, all highly respected names. This is most definitely Shari’s album though, with her coming over all sexy on ‘Sugar Daddy’, rocking out soul-wise like The Rolling Stones on ‘Six Months Sober’, telling us her vital statistics with a smile on the title track (well, OK, her shoe size) and dipping beautifully into Americana on the moving ‘Old Silo Road’. ‘Working The Room’ is one to get the crowd up on a Saturday night, ‘Better Left Unsaid’ is wistful retro-soul with that Muscle Shoals touch, ‘What’s The Matter With The World’ has a New Orleans tinge, and ‘All About You’ is a controlled, steadily building blues. ‘Turned To Stone’ is a fine country number with a very slight tinge of gospel and beautiful lap steel guitar by Johnny Hawthorn.
All in all, this comes highly recommended! Flyin Shoes Review: Posted by Norman John Darwen on July 19, 2016

Review by Stuart Hamilton (Blues Matters! & The Rocker): http://www.the-rocker.co.uk/
"Vocally, Ms Puorto is as good as she’s ever been, heading off into areas the likes of Bonnie Bramlett reached at her peak, and you’d be hard pushed to hear a better soulful blues singer on the circuit today. She is mining that seventies Muscle Shoals vibe to great effect."

You would think Shari’s been doing this forever. She has the sensibility of an old soul reborn and is undeniably passionate. She possesses a deeply expressive and soulful voice. One that catches you off guard! She is a powerful and dynamic live performer who quickly and quite naturally connects with her audience. Her infectious enthusiasm overcomes you, you have no choice but to get pulled in. (She's likely to steal your heart if you get too close!). Her intensity and warm nature shines through her singing and performances.

WINNER: 2010 Los Angeles Music Awards for her song, 'Free'. in the "Americana, Blues, Roots song of the year" category.

WINNER: 2006 'Best Female Vocalist' at the South Bay Music Awards.

Jim Santella, Southland Blues Magazine writes, “She’s all about passion and communication.”

Music Connection writes, "She exhibits sweet vocal tones and is never off key --she can sing!"

American Blues News, Casey Reagan, Writer: “Shari’s strong vocal delivery reflects many of those styles while still being as one-of-a-kind and unique as they come. This time there will be no “she sounds like” or “has the style of” or any other comparisons to other artists. There is no shame in being or sounding like, Shari Puorto. She is a world-class vocalist with a voice like no other and as far as I’m concerned, other artists should be compared to her, not the other way around. “I haven’t seen this much soul in a white chick since….well, ever.”

“My Obsession” is Shari’s 4th Album release. This release will be the strongest and most widely received as it will be backed by Heavy Publicity and touring! “My Obsession” is set with 12 honestly produced tunes by, Tony Braunagel. 11 originals and 1 cover tune. The album has a broad reach due the message and feelings you will hear and experience when you listen to this record. From Shari’s Shoe “Obsession” (track 5), to being addicted to a person (track 3), to memories of “back Home” (track 6), to Being stuck in the “Home of the Blues” (track 2)……The foundation is Blues, with a rock edge, a R&B smidge, as we go down South....

Musicians on this record include: Shari Puorto (vocals), Tony Braunagel (drums), Johnny Lee Schell (guitars), Jimmy Vivino (guitar), Johnny Hawthorn (guitars and Lap steel), Steve Fister (guitar/slide), Mike Finnigan (B3, piano), Barry Goldberg (piano), Jim Pugh (Piano), Bob Glaub (bass), Raymon Yslas (percussion), Horns: Daryl Leonard & Joe Sublett, Background vocals: Kenna Ramsey, Julie Delgado, Mike Finnigan, Johnny Lee Schell and Deb Ryder.



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