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Everything's Gonna Be Alright

by Sharon Lewis & Under The Gun

Earthy Chicago Blues belter meets blues-rock songwriter/guitar player.
Genre: Blues: Chicago Style
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1. Hush
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2. Mama's Children
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3. Everything's Gonna Be Alright
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4. Before the Sun Goes Down
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5. Habit of the Heart
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6. Blues for Jesse
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7. Leaves Tremble on the Tree
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8. Bed Down
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9. Don't Bug Me
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10. If You've Got Something To Say
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11. Original Girl
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12. Pass You By
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13. Tryin' To Make It
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14. Jimmy Lee
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15. Qualified to Love You
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16. Hold On To Your Home
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
In 1993, an ad was placed in the classified section of a Chicago entertainment periodical. "Blues singer wanted." For several months after, a parade of oddly diverse candidates appeared. Many came - but none sang the blues.

Then, there appeared a diamond in the rough. Her name was Sharon and her sole experience was as lead vocalist for the in-house band at her office Christmas party. I still have her 'promo' shot. In it she appears singing (she proudly announced) Led Zeppelin's 'Black Dog' and playing tambourine. The song choice had been the guitarist's.

But her soul experience was vast and she knew the blues through that experience. She knew Little Milton, Bobby Blue Bland, Etta James and Muddy Waters. She knew Robert Johnson songs before she even knew who Robert Johnson was. Truthfully, when she belted 'Black Dog' it WAS a blues. When she opened her mouth to sing - what came out was big, unpolished, heartfelt, and undeniable. And extremely blue. In the end, a blues band was born. They were dubbed Under the Gun and Sharon Lewis was their voice.

Initially, the idea was to provide a vehicle for a backlog of original material. The tunes spanned all corners of blues past present and future. The goal was to meld genres, ideas, vocabulary, styles - all on a foundation of established blues tradition. The challenge was to find an authentic voice that could interpret and project that ambitious blend ... and most importantly to find a voice that could make it credible.

Mission accomplished.

Since that time, together and apart, Sharon Lewis and the various members of Under the Gun have opened for or performed with a wide range of other artists including Koko Taylor, Son Seals, Denise LaSalle, Robben Ford, Coco Montoya, Billy Branch, Melvin Taylor, Sugar Blue, War, the Divinyls, Robin Trower, B.B. King, Albert Collins, Dion Payton, Michael Coleman, Dushon Mosley, and the Creative Arts Collective among many others.

They've played all of Chicago's major Blues clubs, including Kingston Mines, Buddy Guy's Legends, Rosa's, Blue Chicago, Famous Dave's (now Isaac Hayes), and B.L.U.E.S. They've also covered most of Chicago's better known rock clubs as well as New York (Cat Club, CBGB's), Memphis (BB King's club) Florida, Texas and most of the Midwest. They've also performed across the country at various festivals and events.

They have recorded a slew of little known recordings on labels big and small. None of these were done as a group, none fully expressed the original concept, and none ever really saw the light of day.

For her part, Sharon Lewis has enjoyed a very successful solo career playing venues from Chicago to Luxemburg. Her first major international tour in 1998 with The Next Generation Band blazed through the Czech Republic, Germany, Luxembourg, France, Holland and Belgium. She now has several successful European tours under her belt.

Separately, and as a unit, they've come a long way since those early ingenuous and wildly optimistic 'Black Dog' days. Some times have been bright and others very dark. In the end, the blues always exacts its dues. But they have emerged with their vision intact, and their craft finely honed.

This, their debut group effort, is now available on Sleeping Dog Records, an independent internet- based record label that shares their ambitions for growing the blues.

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Steve “MrBiG” Pasek

exemplifies an emerging trend in Chicago blues, bands that are informed by the b
SHARON LEWIS is an engaging performer, and unlike most of the women singers in town, she doesn’t follow the “big mama” school, or try to do a rote copy of Koko Taylor. She’s struck her own style, and released a fine CD in 2004 that exemplifies an emerging trend in Chicago blues, bands that are informed by the blues tradition as well as a wide variety of related genres. “Everything’s Gonna Be Allright” features not only the ubiquitous blues shuffle, but reggae riddims and zydeco get stirred into the mix. She’s an exciting performer with a bright future.
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Mountain

Speechless
Sharon, It was an honor to have met you at the Blues and Bones Fest June 4. You told me you had an album on CD Baby,I had to check it out. WOW! Mama's Children I'm speechless! Keep up the good work hope to say hi in the future "Life is Your Rythum,
Dreams are Your Melody,
Now is Your Timing"
Mountain bassist from Shattered Image
cdbaby .com/shatteredimage
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Blues Maven

One of the best blues CDs I've heard out of Chicago in years.
This CD covers so many different blues styles convincingly. The music respects blues tradition while pushing the envelope. Sharon Lewis is the most effective blues shouter on the contemporary scene. I've been playing this CD non-stop. Why isn't this stuff on the radio?
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ken lawrence

qualified to love this one
At the beginning of the blues brothers album from 1979 the intro says that by the year 2006 the music known as the blues would only be found in the classical records department of your local public library. well glad that isn't true in 2006 thankGod for the internet and thanks to folks like sharon the blues is alive and well thank you. this is true music at it's finest and your surely qualified to grab this one now! all you'll need is just one listen to it.
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Ken Mowery

Hopefully, this album is only a precursor of many more to come from Sharon Lewis
Its funny how something called the blues can make a person feel so good and so much like dancing. At least that’s how Sharon Lewis and Under The Gun affect most listeners who hear the blues on Lewis’ new CD, Everything’s Gonna Be Alright.

The CD opens with the deceptively subdued sound of Lewis’ version of “Hush,” which she performs along with the Blind Jubilee Gregorian Tabernacle Choir, followed by Lewis’ song, “Mama’s Children."

However, the project jumps to major life with the third song (the title cut), written by guitarist Steve Bramer. In addition to Lewis’ powerful vocals, this CD highlights the excellent musicianship of the band Under The Gun. Central to the groove laid down by this band is the remarkable guitar work of Steve Bramer, who incidently wrote nine of the sixteen strong songs presented on this recording.

There is a definite rock feel to some of the tunes like “Habit of the Heart,” for example, which brings a most pleasant blending of Hendrix and Vaughan influence into the mix. “Original Girl," written by Lewis, is another fantasticly rock-ish song on the album. Surprisingly, this song is done with only Lewis’ voice, Bramer’s slide guitar and percussion sounds made by such things as a bucket, a chair and foot stomping.

Make no mistake about it, this CD is all about traditional Chicago blues, which is made very clear in songs like “Tryin’ To Make It," “Jimmy Lee” and “Qualified to Love You.” Interestingly, these songs have a nice retro-early 60s, R&B groove and feel.

“Hold On To Your Home” closes out the CD with a hopping and funky tune written by Bramer and delivered with conviction by Lewis. Hopefully, this album is only a precursor of many more to come from Sharon Lewis and Under The Gun.
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Mish Mash Indie Music Reviews

Lewis rips through over a dozen blues tunes with her piercing gritty vocals
If you're a fan of Chicago-based blues, then look no further than Sharon Lewis. Backed by the down and dirty Under The Gun, Lewis rips through over a dozen blues tunes with her piercing gritty vocals. Whether it's an upbeat boogie or a slow drag, Lewis pulls it off magnificently.
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Blues Revue Magazine

blues-rock with a dif­ferent spin and broader range than the genre historically
It goes without saying that there's little new under the blues-rock sun. Take a rocker, turn his or her head with a dose of blues, and there you have it. Occasionally, however, there's a twist — for instance, when Buddy Guy or Guitar Shorty deter­mine to play to the deep seats ... or when Everything's Gonna Be Alright teams one of Chicago's blueswomen, Sharon Lewis, with a new combination of veteran musi­cians. The result is blues-rock with a dif­ferent spin and broader range than the genre historically has offered. ... These tracks show inspiration ...
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J-Sin

Her voice is broad and emits emotion like the sun shines down.
Traditional blues vocalist Sharon Lewis leads the charge lit up by her supporting cast in Under the Gun. These are the type of blues numbers you’d hear in a creaky old nightclub in the middle of Mississippi but ones that would fit right in the heart of Chicago (their homebase) or even New York. Her voice is broad and emits emotion like the sun shines down. I haven’t heard the blues played like this in a great long while.
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Jeff Johnson (Chicago Sun Times, March 20, 2005)

... soulful, gritty vocals ... well-crafted original material
Sharon Lewis has become a favorite on the local blues circuit, but her voice always sounds like it would be more at home in a church than in smoky nightclubs. Teaming her with the blues-rock group Under the Gun, the thinking must have gone, would help bring out her hard-rocking side. While such logic often invites disaster, it works well on "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," her debut disc with the band.

Lewis' soulful, gritty vocals are put to good use on well-crafted original material. The songs, written primarily by some combination of Lewis and guitarist Steve Bramer, are catchy without veering too far toward poppy commercialism. And the opening track is a top-notch version of the traditional gospel song "Hush."
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