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CD Review: Stacie Collins “Sometimes Ya Gotta…”

Stacie Collins has been known as a “harmonica blowin’ hell-cat” for a reason: the musician puts on a hell of a show in concert. Stacie Collins writes music that combines rock ‘n’ roll with blues and even a little bit of country. And the music she writes is as hard-rockin’ as she is. Having already made a name for herself in the music industry, she is currently growing her fanbase with the help of her newest album of Sometimes Ya Gotta.

Sometimes Ya Gotta, the new CD from Stacie Collins, was produced by Dan Baird of Georgia Satellites fame. The new album contains 12 tracks, all of which were written by Stacie Collins and her husband Al. With the help of Baird playing guitar on the songs and also producing the album, Collins’ music has never sounded better. And with the addition of Eric “Ebo” Borash on guitar, Warner E. Hodges on guitar, Al Collins on bass, Michael Webb on keys and Jimmy Lester on drums, Stacie has the perfect group of musicians to help her produce an album that contains her special blend of music.

Sometimes Ya Gotta begins with the song “Hey Mister”. It features the band as they rock out and it also features Collins as she blows a mean harmonica. This song is one of the hardest rockin’ songs on the release. The song is the perfect way to introduce the uninitiated to the sound of Stacie Collins.

The second song on the album is “I Won’t Do You Like That”. The song has a classic rock feel that is in the vein of Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock And Roll”.

Little Things” feels like it has a bit of a country twang to it, though there are no fiddles or slide guitars being played on the track. The main reasons for this feeling to the track are the slight twang in Stacie’s voice and the twang in Eric “Ebo” Borash’s guitar playing. Jonell Mosser’s backing harmonies also give it a certain country feel. This song could easily be pushed as a crossover hit on both Top 40 radio stations as well as country ones.

The Very Last Time” is a track that brings all of the musical feelings in Collins’ writing style into one song. At one point, the song has a country feeling, there’s a rock feeling, and the harmonica playing of Collins adds a little blues to the song.

Speaking of blues, Stacie and the rest of her band get down and dirty with the song “Give It Up”. The musicians all make the song feel as much like the blues as it does a rock song, the perfect combination to allow Stacie to shine on the harmonica.

The pace of the music changes drastically with the song “Carry Me Away”. The song features a rock backbone with a definite Zydeco feel, as Michael Webb joins in on the song with the accordion.

With the song “Cool,” the band once again plays the blues on the album. The slow pace, slide guitar and Collins’ harmonica really bring the blues alive on this track.

For the last song of Sometimes Ya Gotta, the band plays the song from which the title of the album was taken. It is on “Lend The Devil A Hand” that Stacie Collins and the rest of the band end the album on a strong note as they give it all they’ve got for one last song.

For her latest release of Sometimes Ya Gotta, Stacie Collins has produced an album worth checking out. If you have yet to discover her music, this would be the perfect time to do so.