Well, I can say that Im pretty sure shes found it. Her smoky, soulful vocals slink around the archetypal blues riffs, but beneath every song is that homegrown, Red Dirt, roadhouse rocking n rolling that draw immediate comparisons to Janis Joplin.
Drive Right Through Memphis has a down-and-dirty groove thats as playful as it is vengeful, while Baby Loves Those Little Blues, a duet with husky-voiced Joe Splawn, is literally a real crotch-throbber. Thats not to say things dont take dramatic turns, as Through the Rain is a tearjerker that should be on every karaoke playlist in America.
Ten Minutes from Tupelo is a near-eight-minute epic that perfectly encapsulates everything Ms. Medley is about.
That isnt to say there arent missteps. The reggae-tinged Reunions feels silly and out-of-place, while her reworking of Merle Haggards Workin Man Blues into Workin Mamma Blues veers dangerously close into novelty territory. But the voice and musicianship are there something one can appreciate on every track. Louis Fowler