That Would Be Me
People react to Charlene Grant's music with a definite 'Yeah!' because she knows how to strike that common chord for all of us dealing with our lives and loves in complicated times. Her lyrics are succinct, creative, intelligent and, at times so humorously well put, that you have to smile at your past or current dilemmas. Her songs have great appeal for both men and women because her they are presented so equitably and with such honest character. The music covers the waterfront of styles including the soulful funk of 'The Business Of Love', the electric blues storytelling of 'Life's Too Short', the back porch advice of 'Don't Try To Change Your Man', the barroom rocking of 'That Would Be Me', the Country Blues groove of Love Doctor, the French Café feel of 'Spark An Old Flame' and the political commentary of 'Take That Job.' The music is performed by some of the best musicians that the Northwest has to offer, including John Stephan, Jack Cook, Joel Foy, Steve Bailey and John Marshall, along with the Bay Area's great sax player, John Firmin, AKA 'Johnny Nocturne.' With the help of co-producer, John Stephan, the approach for each song is individual and musicians have been selected to represent that character. As Mark Dalton of The Chris Stevens Band put it, 'Songs on this CD are more subtle, intelligent and way more fun that than the usual 'sassy blues mama' approach.'