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    Meet Memphis' best kept secret! After years of entertaining for friends and family Waddy Mitchell was encouraged to go into the studio and record her music for the rest of the world to enjoy. Her interpretation of the old New Orleans and Beale St. sounds will take you back to the late night sessions in the old clubs of yesteryear. Her unique, one of a kind voice, is certain to stand out in the music world. Her love for what she would like to call " anachronistic blues " will surely become a favorite of yours, too. So, sit back, put your feet up, grab a beer and be transported to a simpler time - or better yet, get up and DANCE!

    "... the sound of velvet sandpaper,
    shadowy fog and summer smoke."

    Jim Dickinson / Independnce, Ms.
    March 8, 2006

    "...Really enjoyed the Waddy CD - mighty fine collection of songs and loved the instrumentation. Her vocals kinda reminded me of Sophie Tucker. Twas really nice......."
    Gaye Adegbalola / Sapphire and the Uppity Blues Women
    May 29. 2006

    "...one of the most unique voices I've ever heard....
    Joyce Cobb / Memphis, Tn.
    August 12, 2006

    "..."Waddy" Mitchell conjures the spirit of Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey....her timbre and phrasing are spectacular. Consider this either a great change of pace or what you've been waiting 80 years to hear."
    BLUES REVUE MAGAZINE - Oct./Nov. 2006

    Waddy made it to the top 10 in the Blues Foundation's Best Self-Produced CD contest for 2006. This was quite an accomplishment, since there were 46 entries from around the world submitted by their home Blues Societies. 12/2006

    PUT A SOCK IN IT has made it to the finals in the International Songwriting Competition in Nashville. There were over 15,000 entries. Waddy's song is in the Blues category finals. Waddy won Honorable Mention in the contest!

    ....The mastery of the craftsmen who lay down these grooves is like a richly stained antique chair. Sitting in that chair is Waddy Mitchell, whose earthy-smooth yet sensual voice steers us through a sea of bourbon and smoke. Memphis Blues Society, Feb. 2007 Newsletter
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    Posted on August 21, 2007 Email To Friend      Print Version


    Blues Revue Magazine  -  Oct./Nov. 2006

    Memphis' Laurie "Waddy" MItchell conjures the spirit of Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey on OL' SOUL (self-release).  Her timbre and phrasing are spectacular, the production is appropriate and the song selection is excellent, including Louis Jordan's "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby" and Leroy Carr's "How Long". Consider this either a great change of pace or what you've been waiting 80 years to hear.

    Big City Blues Magazine  -  April/May 2007

    Not to be confused with Old West balladeer Waddi Mitchell, Memphis-based singer/songwriter Laurie "Waddy" Mitchell specializes in what deft producer/arranger Jack Holder calls "anachronistic blues", that atmospherically enables her to bring the past back to the present. Her brassy, Sophie Tucker-styled vocals, full of resonant texture and colorful phrasing, wonderfully revive classic compositions by the likes of her hero Bessi Smith (a spirited take on "Send Me to the "lectric Chair" is a favorite), Clarence Williams, Louis Jordan (a lively version of that eternal question "Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby") and Leroy Carr as well as lend a zesty punch to her own songs.  Assisting Mitchell in her adept conjurations are some of the Memphis area's best musicians. Guitar and dobro chores are handled either by William Lee Ellis, Josh Roberts or producer Holder, while Jim Dickinson and Tony Thomas take turns on honky tonk piano alongside drummer Tom Lonardo, bassists Sam Shoupe and Tim Goodwin with Jim Spake on saxophone and clarinet, Scott Thompson on trumpet and Jeff Callaway on trombone. Lynn Jones also adds some rootsy harmonica on a few tracks.  Two more modern covers also euphonically impress - Sylvia Tyson's low-key, reflective "Maude's Blues" and Herbert Steiner's Leiber and Stoller-ish "Nyquil Blues", that also showcases Jones' harp skills. All four Mitchell originals possess that "old soul" feeling. "What 'Cha Gonna Do?" has her moaning the blues against a New Orleans Dixie-jazz back drop while the declarative leaving-blues "Patiience" features her at her most sensually aggravating and the gritty "Put A Sock In It" sounds like a long-lost Ma Rainey record. Likewise, the ruggedly autobiographical "It's Been a Long, Long Time".  No filler, all killer. The town's long gone Blues Alley spirit lives again!

    Memphis Blues Society Newsletter  -  February 2007

    If you've had quite enough of young, bolero-wearing fellows pounding on a Strat, and wonder what Memphis sounded like in Beale's heyday, OL' SOUL will take you straight there. Mitchell;s debut CD is as "Memphis" as it gets, in both its sound and its lineup of local contributing musicians. Homegrown is an understatement considering this CD was recorded at both Sounds Unreel and Young Avenue Sound, produced by Jack Holder (dare I say genius?...Yes, I dare), and manufactured at Audiographics. Memphis' favorite photographer, Steve Roberts even got in on this little gem of a project. "OL' SOUL" captures on disc some of the best musicians Memphis has to offer today, from young to..er, uh-seasoned veterans. The mastery of the craftsmen who lay down these grooves is like a richly stained antique chair. Sitting in that chair is Waddy itchell, whose earthy-smooth yet sensual voice steers us through a sea of bourbon and smoke.