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Change is Good by Lonie Walker

Lonie Walker is one of those performers that works better with a live audience. The Chicago-based singer owns The Underground Wonder Bar in the Gold Coast neighborhood and does a good job of keeping the audiences coming to hear her and her Big Bad Ass Company Band. When she tries to transfer that magic in her latest release Change is Good, it gets lost. As with many performers who work continually in live performance, when you go into the recording studio, it is just Lonie unless she records with here band live in the studio. That could have helped here, but without the reaction from the live audience, Lonie seems to lose some of that magic. Both the musicians from here band and some special guests do a good job on the original numbers like Summer Solstice, Baby Blue Blues and the title track, and Lonie is a good pianist, but her vocal prowless is trying to come out on the CD, but seems to be reserved. Before her next studio CD, it might be good for Lonie to take some time to help mature here vocal abilities. With the distractions of writing songs, operating the bar and performing, Lonie should take some time to work on her voice to help her be able to sell the song on her own vocal abilities. That is the hallmark of a good vocalist. When you are on stage, you can work the crowd very well, but when you record a studio CD, you have to be able to sell the song to the listener. On Change is Good, there has to be more salemanship in the performance.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Lonie Walker
  • CD Title: Change is Good
  • Genre: Jazz Vocals
  • Year Released: 2002
  • Record Label: Underground Wonder Music
  • Rating: Three Stars
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