Anita White a.k.a. Lady A makes her home in the greater Seattle area. She has been a Pacific NW Blues favorite for over a decade and has been called “the hardest workin’ woman in Blues, Soul & Funk”. Her high energy performances showcase her husky but sultry voice. Lady A released her debut recording “BlueZ in the Key of Me” in 2010; and followed up with 2013’s “How Did I Get Here”. She has opened for the late Denise LaSalle, the iconic Little Milton, Dr. John and Shemekia Copeland; and has toured or been on stage with the late Charles Neville, Grammy winner Bobby Rush, Kenny Neal and Sugarray Rayford among others. Her last album, released in 2016, was “Loved, Blessed and Blues”.
Currently The Lady A Band includes musical director, writer and arranger Dexter Allen, guitar and bass; Joey Robinson, piano; and Chris “Rattlesnake” Minter or Joey Robinson, drums. The background vocals are sung by Allen and/or Lady A.
All of the songs lyrics were written by Lady A except one. On the title track she sings “Woke up this mornin’ sunlight in my eyes, smell of coffee, know it’s time to rise…headed down to Jackson Mississippi that’s my 2nd home…hop a flight to Sweden, Cruise to France, singin everywhere I can…45 tryin to turn us one against another…how we get around that, love ya sisters and brothers, no time for negativity…you ask me how I’m doin’, baby I’m lovin life and I’m Doin’ Fine.”
“Tryin To Get Over” features words and music from Paul Richardson. Seattle pianist Richardson, who wrote the song back in the 1970’s, takes the piano solo.
On “The Ride” and again on “Next Time U C Me” Robinson wins the MVP award as he serves triple duty playing, piano, organ and even overdubbing the horns.
“When I was a young girl, didn’t want much a nuthin’, but now I’m a woman, I want everything…try to make a difference, come on let’s Change The World.” Lady A’s gospel inspired vocal will help to straighten things out. The background vocals by Allen and Lady A complete this fabulous production.
On “Roof Over My Head” and again on the beautiful “Glad To Know You” the words and music are by John Oliver III. The later is an absolutely fabulous vocal performance by Lady A.
Play this musical gumbo loud as Lady A serves it up hot. Each of the musicians involved make a significant contribution to making this album her best yet. Repeated listening will only make you love her more.