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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 24, 2007 Email To Friend      Print Version


    ROOTSTIME - December 2006

    It has become obvious that white men can indeed play the Blues.  And Janis Joplin made it clear that white women can indeed sing the Blues.  When you listen to Laurie " Waddy" Mitchell's debut album, OL' SOUL, there is proof she is as good as anyone in carrying on that tradition.  The CD cover, on which Laurie is depicted draped over the piano, reflects the relaxed feel of the CD.  Her voice mimics this relaxed environment.  OL' SOUL was recorded with the help of her producer, Jack Holder, and her husband, Dana.  Memphis inspired Mitchell so much that she opted for an album of nothing but twenties and thirties style blues.  Her debut album has connections to jazz, and many of the songs hark back to her youth, tunes she heard whilst with her family, aunts and uncles.  Piano bars, swing and Delta blues have made an impact on this 12 track CD.  In addition to 4 of her own numbers there are songs by legends J.C. Johnson, George Brooks, C. Williams and C. Warfield, as well with this new album Mitchell dives deeply into the sound of New Orleans.  Fans will be excited when they see the list of distinguished guests.  It is fair to say that with the help of such a good team (guitarist Wm. Lee Ellis, Josh Roberts, Jack Holder, pianist Tony Thomas, Jim Dickinson and a handful of lesser gods) one can hardly fail.  Despite the rooster of guests, the numbers are carried out tastefully with real respect for the originals, adding luster to borrowed works from J.C. Johnson's Empty Bed Blues, Leroy Carr's How Long, How Long Blues and C. Warfield/C. Williams' Baby, Won't you Please Come Home.  The work drips with the authenticity of a Bessie Smith and a Ma Rainey.  In short, OL' SOUL is fantastic and any lover of jazzy Delta Blues should listen to it in its entirety.  A master of immodest proportions from perhaps a modest, unassuming novice new artist.