CROSSROADS BLUES SOCIETY MUSIC AND VIDEO REVIEWS 7/27/12
Boston Blues Works reviewed by Harmonica Joe Poluyanskis
Boston Blues Works
Boston Blues Works
“Boston Blues Works Volume 1” is right out of the wrapper a recording that one cannot put away after just one listening!... It seems amazing that this CD was recorded in just three days.
If you really like female blues singers, check out Rebecca Muir’s rendition of Willie Dixon’s classic tune, “I Just Wanna Make Love To You”. Her vocals grab at you with that raspy, heartfelt sultry quality that we all want to hear with a blues tune. A big plus on this track is Marty Rowen on organ packing the background with a whole bunch of awesome blues organ. You can kick back and enjoy this track over and over.
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BOSTON BLUES WORKS VOLUME 1 SHOWS OFF HUB'S BLUES TALENT - 5/15/12
"Rebecca Muir gives us some on Willie Dixon’s “I Just Wanna Make Love To You.” Muir’s svelte voice rides this funked up version like a Harley, revving up on those high notes. She purrs like a kitten before shifting into first gear with sustains at once mighty and sweet."
- Bill Copeland
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STARRING NYC, April 2012
"She has the type of voice that hits you in your chest when you hear it—the epitome of blue-eyed soul."
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PIANO BARBARIANS - www.pianobarbarians.com
Powerhouse vocalist Rebecca Muir maintains a hectic schedule touring in support of her own music, but also lends her voice to one of Boston's busiest bands in the world of corporate and private parties. From the small clubs of the East Village to radio jingle overseas, Rebecca's career and story as a successful working musician in the business today is precisely what our podcast is looking to share with people around the world. - Piano Barbarians
BOSTON BAND CRUSH - www.BostonBandCrush.org
C.D. on Songs 5/24/11
by C.D. Di Guardia
Again! Autopilot this weekend, so there’s some stuff I didn’t get to share with you. For example, did you know that Rebecca Muir did her thing on Sunday at the Beehive? Did you miss it? I suppose it’s OK if you did, as long as you promise to go next time. You need a convincer? The fantastic Miss Muir has shared with us a single off her record that is to be released in the fall, and it’s fairly glorious. In case you somehow don’t notice once you read the review, she was born and raised in Nova Scotia but moved to Boston in the mid-2000′s and here she is now.
Rebecca Muir – "Angel Undercover”
[Go Hear It! - www.soundcloud.com/rebeccamuir/angel-undercover]
When you want to name your song "Angel" anything, you better either sound like Steven Tyler or an actual angel. Guess which one Rebecca Muir sounds like.
If Rebecca Muir is an "Angel Undercover," then she blows her cover the second she opens her mouth. Muir’s voice is like a force of nature, effortlessly coming across from sender (that’s her) to receiver (that’s us) with beauteous style and a powerful grace. And I am not just saying that because she is from Nova Scotia, even though we are all gifted with beauty, style, power and grace (obviously).
"Angel Undercover" has a fresh vibrancy to its easy breezes; kind of like stepping on to your back porch in the morning, if your back porch is situated on a cliff overlooking a bay of some kind. You retain the safety and comfort of the home, but get to experience the grandeur of the great outdoors in all its glory. The natural and unassuming beauty of "Angel Undercover" gives it a sense of gravity, arresting the ears and holding you rapt in its grasp until 4:43 has passed by. In that, it reminds me of (sigh) Ellen Page, yet another Nova Scotian.
Muir’s performance is obviously the centerpiece of the program. Her vocals exhibit strength at all points in the register, particularly when she finds herself in the hook of the song, a glorious resolving of a sus4 interval to the major third, the most friendly and comforting of all the intervals (look it up). Muir even ramps up to a McLachlan-esque falsetto with such graceful tone that it allows me to reference another person from Nova Scotia in a totally natural manner. "Angel Undercover" is a smooth, gorgeous piece that is fit for all seasons.
BOSTON GURU - FOOD AND DATING BLOG FOR THE BOSTON MAN: BACKYARD SMOKING, REBECCA MUIR
THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2011
Backyard Smoking, Rebecca Muir
The Thursday Pick
Alright fellas, today’s pick, unlike the usual restaurant, is going to be a date, better yet, a particular performer. See in the past I’ve mentioned many places to take your lady for some music such as Wally’s Cafe; even with its flaws it’s a decent take. The problem I’ve found is that the choices are relatively few, and you generally end up with a “scene” that offers hit-or-miss talent. It can seem like the performers may be talented but try so hard to be different that their talent is overshadowed. And to be frank, sometimes there is very little to begin with. As usual, this is where the G-Man steps in and helps out his loyal followers. Introducing Rebecca Muir, a Berklee product with some fantastic pipes.
So, what’s the best way to describe her music? Well, as of late I’ve been enjoying my backyard at night smoking a cigar and listening to Nat. To tell you the truth I kind of like it damp out there. Now, I can’t put her up there with the velvet voice of Nat, but I’ll deem her “backyard cigar smoking music.” That’s some heavy praise, Miss Muir. In my opinion, some of her stuff has a Lauren Hill feel to it, but check it out yourself. I recommend the tracks Music Man, Goodbye, and I Just Want To Make Love to You.
So, here's this week's recommendation: Grab your lady and head over to The Beehive on May 22nd at 8:00 to enjoy the show. There's little chance of seeing her try too hard to stand out because she appears to let her voice do the talking (pun intended).
PODCAST: THE VINYL EXPERIENCE, EPISODE 22: REBECCA MUIR
"Rebecca Muir is an absolutely amazing singer/songwriter...She performed a duet of ‘Roll With It’ with Steve Winwood, and I honestly feel that she not only held her own, but that she owned that stage whenever she sang."
- Roger Laferriere, The Vinyl Experience
BOSTON'S WEEKLY DIG
JESSE DEE with Rebecca Muir
The final installment of Dee's residency at The Lizard Lounge sees the rising star invite another rising star to the stage. Jesse Dee plays a super-cool and loose, old-soul style of laid-back music that keeps him endlessly on the road (he plays the House Of Blues in October with Al Green). Rebecca Muir is his guest tonight, herself a smooth R&B soul voice, from Nova Scotia, of all places. A twin billing that's guaranteed at least one "I saw them when" moment.
PALESTRA MUSIC BLOG
Rebecca Muir’s experiences at Berklee School Of Music are sort of like a computer science major writing code with Bill Gates.
Muir performed with Steve Winwood and Linda Rondstadt among others. Now graduated, she does her school proud with her white hot soul singing. Get your education tonight at Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
"From the moment I first heard her sing, I recognized that Rebecca possesses an amazing natural talent... She has fine technique and an exceptional range, but I was impressed by her adaptability. She possesses the innate ability of improvisation and intuitively knows how to perform without prompting or coaching. She is also a real pleasure to work with."
- Linda Ronstadt
"I have only the highest praise for Rebecca Muir's talent... I believe she has much to contribute in the musical world and look forward to seeing her star rise in the years to come."
- Lennie Gallant (www.lenniegallant.com)
"Miss Muir stands apart from any other singer and performer I have witnessed of later. Her singing, performing and writing abilities are unique, as is her incredible charisma and magnetism on stage as apparent on any stage on which she has performed since coming to this country. To my knowledge, no other young female singer has her breadth and diversity of style, which makes her a rare commodity I feel could be an extraordinary asset to our domestic music scene."
- Philippe Saisse (www.philippesaisse.com)
"I was powerfully struck by Rebecca's big, beautiful sound as a vocalist. She also stood out immediately for her quick, intelligent musicianship and apparently effortless stage presence. Like everyone else, of course, I couldn't miss her youth, attractiveness and charm...I am, in short, a Rebecca Muir fan."
- Rob Mounsey (www.robmounsey.com)
"Rebecca was the ingenue lead in 'Me and My Gals' (later retitled 'Hot Flashes') for two seasons. Although in her teens at the time, I found her to be an amazingly talented performer, a powerful vocalist and a disciplined and serious artist. I have followed her career ever since..."
- Paul Ledoux (www.paulledoux.com)
BOSTON'S WEEKLY DIG - WEEK OF MARCH 8 - 15 2009:
VARIOUS ARTISTS | DORM SESSIONS SIX
By BRENT T. INGRAM
FORMAT | COMPILATION
GENRE | STUDIOUS GROOVES
VERDICT | BERKLEE BATCH
RELEASE DATE | 2.9.08
LABEL | HEAVY ROTATION
"There's nothing amazing about the sixth Berklee compilation series, other than the school continues to be home to some serious talent. Two voices in particular—the R&B-styled Shea Rose and power-voice Rebecca Muir—jump out as something that is easily marketable."
SHEA ROSE AND REBECCA MUIR PLAY OLIVER'S THURSDAY, 3.12.09.
GUEST ROCKS BERKLEE - THE BOSTONIST - DECEMBER 2007
"Berklee student Rebecca Muir even managed to steal the spotlight from the honored guest for several moments, as she led the Berklee band in a rocking version of 'Gimme Some Money' that turned many heads - Guest's included."
BERKLEE'S FUTURE STARS SHINE - THE BOSTON HERALD, DECEMBER 10TH, 2005
by Bob Young
"Rebecca Muir's earthy soul was a highlight, with a spareness and grit that did justice to Aretha Franklin's "Baby, I Love You."
THE BOSTON HERALD - DECEMBER 7TH, 2005
STAR SEARCH - Berklee Showcases Its Most Promising Singers
by Bob Young
Berklee College of Music isn't exaggerating when it calls its "Singers Showcase" a night featuring "the stars of tomorrow."
Susan Tedeschi, Paula Cole and Lalah Hathaway all have sung in the "Showcase" in years past. Which is no big surprise, considering that Berklee has become as much of a hotbed for pop and r&b vocal talent as for future jazz heavies. Singers including Melissa Etheridge, Natalie Maines of the Dixie Chicks and Constantine Maroulis of "American Idol" fame all have studied at Berklee.
The "Singers Showcase" isn't "American Idol," however. There's no Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson or Simon Cowell judging the eight participants. No winners or losers. No melodramatic tears.
But there was stiff competition to get to tomorrow night's show. A team of Berklee faculty judges narrowed the field from 200 to the final eight. And the pressure will be on with the Berklee Performance Center stage outfitted for a major pop show, with lights, video and effects providing a starry setting for the student singers.
So let's meet "the stars of tomorrow" right now.
TIWATOPE SAVAGE, 23
Hometown: Lagos, Nigeria
Styles: Soul, R&B, Gospel, Jazz
Favorite Singers: Ella Fitzgerald, Donny Hathaway, Brandy, Musiq Soulchild, Eva Cassidy
Songs to perform: "Stranger In My House" (Tamia), "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" (Diana Ross)
What do you think of "American Idol"? - "I really admire those that can get up there and perform in front of millions of people. It is very easy to judge and laugh at people when you think they are not that good, until you put yourself in that position and realize how much guts it takes to take the stage."
NADINE FORD, 20
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Favorite Singers: Sade, Anita Baker and Rachelle Ferrell
Songs To Perform: "Piano In The Dark" (Brenda Russell), "Let No Man Put Asunder" (Mary J. Blige)
What do you think of "American Idol"? - "A good show for exposing new talent to America, but could sometimes be a little harsh."
DAWN ROYSTON, 26
Hometown: Gainseville, FLA
Styles: Classical, Pop, Folk
Favorite Singers: Paula Cole, Sinead O'Connor, Sylvia McNair, Barbara Hendricks, Janis Joplin
Songs To Perform: "A Simple Song" (Leonard Bernstein), "Full Of Grace" (Sarah McLachlan)
What do you think of "American Idol"? - I am asked this question a lot. I have only seen 'American Idol' once and I think it has been quite a social phenomenon. If it encourages young people to find their voice, then I think it's a wonderful thing."
MAJOR "CHOIRBOY" JOHNSON, 21
Hometown: Houston, TX
Favorite Singers: Nat King Cole, CeCe Winans, Kim Burrell, Whitney Houston
Songs To Perform: "I Believe In God," and "Let The Praise Begin."
What do you think of "American Idol"? - "I think overall it's a great program that gives talented people the opportunity to be showcased before millions of viewers. The preliminary stages are a bit saddening in that they weed out a lot of extremely talented singers before getting to the celebrity judges."
REBECCA MUIR, 23
Hometown: Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Favorite Singers: Eva Cassidy, Bonnie Raitt, Jewel, Ben Harper, Stevie Wonder
Songs To Perform: "Baby, I Love You" (Aretha Franklin), "Crazy" (Aerosmith).
What do you think of "American Idol"? - "Great if you're that type of performer, but it's not for me."
JENNIFER HIRSH, 19
Hometown: Agoura Hills, CA
Favorite Singers: Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Carmen McRae, Tierney Sutton
Songs To Perform: "Old Devil Moon," "That's All"
What do you think of "American Idol"? - "I had considered 'American Idol' at the very beginning of the series, but for now I want to continue my studies at Berklee."
GEORGEL AREVALO, 20
Hometown: Monterey, Mexico
Styles: Latin Soul
Favorite Singers: Ruben Blades, Donny Hathaway, Frank Sinatra
Songs To Perform: "Tu Me Ensenaste a Amar" (original song), "Kimbara" (Celia Cruz)
What do you think of "American Idol"? - "I disagree with the idea of a show that embarrasses performers for the benefit of good ratings. But the reason I don't watch 'American Idol' is because I focus most of my time on school and my music career."
RYAN PINKSTON, 18
Hometown: Berkeley, CA
Styles: Christian and Gospel
Favorite Singers: Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, Yolanda Adams, Karen Clark-Sheard, Aretha Franklin, Luther Vandross
Songs To Perform: "Heaven Help Us All" (Stevie Wonder), "Someday We'll All Be Free" (Donny Hathaway)
What do you think of "American Idol"? - "I think it's great for people who love to sing and want to reach the stars. I am personally not sure if it would be the best decision for my career."
CROSSROADS BLUES SOCIETY MUSIC AND VIDEO REVIEWS 7/27/12