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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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    Review
    Posted on August 24, 2007 Email To Friend      Print Version


    Blues Matters Magazine - July/Aug. issue 2007   www.bluesmatters.com

    She's been described by the Mississippi media as "the sound of velvet, shadowy fog and summer smoke."  Well, those good ol' boys were pretty accurate.  Laurie Mitchell appears, from the sleeve of this CD, as an attractively mature lady with a fine head of silver hair.  Reading the sleeve-notes a remarkable fact emerges - this is her first time in the studio.  So, under which bushel she's been hiding her prodigious luminescence until now is a mystery.  This is Memphis to the bone; she's taken a carefully balanced roster of classic songs such as 'Send Me to The 'lectric Chair, 'Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby' and a bouncy 'See If I Care', and interspersed these with her own well-crafted originals in the same genre, that being the great crowd-pleasers of the past from the more vaudeville end of the Blues spectrum.  She would have rippled the canvas in a '30s tent show just as easy as Bessie Smith or Memphis Minnie, and there are substantial echoes of both in this uplifting recording.  It really is refreshing to see yet another female artist stepping into the Blues limelight.  This is good-time music, with the past, present and future all tied up with raucous confidence and fine diction.  Bring her over the pond, someone - we all need cheering up now and then and this certainly would do the trick.