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The Joanna Connor Band *

  • 1. Fine & Sublime
    2. Long, Long Road
    3. No Black or White
    4. Luna Love
    5. Different Kind of War
    6. Slipping Into Darkness
    7. Six Child
    8. Guitar Dove
    9. Fever
    10. Minor Love
    11. Somebody Have Mercy
    12. White Lines
    13. Afrissippi
    14. Morning Praise
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 46

  • Credits
    ProducerMark Carpentieri; Joanna Connor
    EngineerToran Yon; Toran Yon; Rick Barnes

    Personnel: Joanna Connor (vocals, acoustic & slide guitars); Mike Wheeler (vocals, guitar); Anthony Palmer (guitar); Bryant T (vocals, drums, percussion); Ted Reynolds (harmonica); Roosvelt Purifoy (Hammond B-3 organ); Stan Mixon (bass); Andrea Variames (background vocals).
    Recorded at Rax Trax, Chicago, Illinois between December 2001 and January 2002.
    Personnel: Joanna Connor (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, slide guitar); Mike Wheeler (vocals, guitar); Anthony Palmer (guitar); Ted Reynolds (harmonica); Bryant T. (drums); Andrea Variames (background vocals).
    Audio Mixers: David Merrill; Fred Guarino.
    Recording information: Rax Trax, Chicago, IL (12/2001-01/2002).
    If Joanna Connor has trouble breaking from the indie world into the big leagues, she could no doubt thrive as a songwriter for Bonnie Raitt, whose inspiration informs Connor's vocal style, blues-rock guitar approach, and attitude. Raitt's producers often add a lot of slickness and polish, while Connor scores points by keeping things slightly more raw. "Fine and Sublime" is romantic blues-rock at its best, but Connor goes beyond this at times, thinking globally on more than a few occasions. "No Black and White" is a global unity message set to a blend of rock and Irish jig rhythms. "Afrisippi," a colorful tribute to the place where humanity first reared its head, has a South African rolling guitar vibe; it would be better sung than spoken, but Connor's message is what counts -- all music derives from the same basic spiritual and human source. While Connor is a solid songwriter, she's also a clever interpreter of soul standards ranging from "Fever" to "Somebody Have Mercy" by Sam Cooke. ~ Jonathan Widran

  • Critic Reviews
    Living Blues (5/03, p.102) - "...It's obvious this was a fun project....Her lyrics show great creativity..."
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