This a most gifted singer who exhibits a great talent with one foot in jazz and the other deeply in the blues. On "Shades of Blue," Francine entertains with ten great songs including three written by Brenda Burns. The Brenda Burns composition "When Love Was New" opens with a harmonica solo by Jeff Baker and Francine jumps in with a heartfelt vocal treatment of a great song.
Ms. Reed sings softly when the tune requires a gentle treatment as in "The Man That Got Away" but then turns into a really gutsy blues shouter on "I'm a Handful" and "455 Rocket." If these great tracks don't get your feet movin’, you better consult with your local mortician. Give this a listen - open your ears to a fine new talent!