Blues in Britain
Janey Street is a gritty and soulful singer who mines an eclectic gamut of blues, effectively melding the confidence she has in her own talent with an understanding and sympathy for the traditional roots of the blues.
“The Street Less traveled” opens with the funky piano intro to “Around Midnight” before Street segues in with her salacious and soulful vocals, which take on a funky arrogance on “Hangin’ By A Shoestring”, a powerful performance enhanced by John Jorgenson’s tasteful rock inflected guitar. “He Just Does” is a slow funky drag replete with dirty slide; “The Right thing” and “Sail Away” venture, impressively, into deep soul territory; whilst Street’s sultry vocals create a salacious late night groove on the jazz inflected “Hands On The Keys”.
Bette Midler comes to mind on the 50’s styled R&B of the swinging horn fired “Flip Flop Wishy Washy Me”, whilst smokey vocals and sax (Jim Hoke) permeate “Mistreated” with a melancholy “Summertime Feel”. More Traditional blues grooves are mined on “Good Will”, a raggy country blues replete with restrained slide, whilst a fiery Elmore styled intro and a thunderous backbeat underpin Street’s overtly sexual vocals on the impressive “Boy Toy”
Singer Magazine – Reviews by Greg Tutwiler
Former Arista artist Janey Street is no newcomer to the music scene. Her latest indie project, The Street Less Traveled, is “The album I always wanted to record,” she said. Her experience as an artist has fueled her passion to become a great songwriter too. Street landed several charting songs during her stint with Arista, Capitol, and Warner/Reprise records. During that time she accumulated numerous live performance memories with big name artists like the Bee Gees, Richie Havens, Melanie, and Janis Ian. Her latest CD is a unique, rockin’ blues buffet of funk toe tappin’, finger snappin’ tunes. Sounding a little like a cross between Janis Joplin and Rickie Lee Jones, Street’s new music heats up any CD player. Her well-seasoned, edgy vocals combined with the excellent instrumentation promises her fans yet another hit project from Janey Street. I’m quite fond of the jazzy funked up “Hangin’ By A Shoestring.” I really like the brassy rhythm undertones. The smoky bar room blues cut, “Mistreated,” is a keeper too. And Janey even try’s her hand at swing with “Flip Flop Wishy Washy Me,” quite nicely I might add.
Big City Rhythm & Blues – (from the column by Deborah Douglas)
Janey Street showcased her new CD, “The Street Less Traveled,” at 3rd and Lindsley January 17th. “This is the album I always wanted to record,” said Street. This long-time recording and performing professional has a very relaxed and competent stage manner. She showcased a range of blues vocal, composition, and musical styles. Her abilities range from the lyrical “Santa Ana Winds” to a my-man-left-me, “Mistreated” to classic sexual blues, the ass-twitching, “Boy Toy.” Janey reminds me of Eric Clapton’s current sound, a smooth rockin’ blues blend of electric soul.
Nashville MUSIC Guide – by Brad Fischer
Songwriting legend Harlin Howard once said, in essence, at least twice that if you haven’t lived you’ve got nothing to write about. Well, here’s a singer/songwriter who has really paid her dues. Her latest album is one that you must have for your blues collection. She knocks every note cool as can be whether its a bluesy-jazz tune or a down-home cryin’-in-your-beer pure blues song. Solidly produced by Fred Molin, who has a real feel for the genre, the album boasts eleven cuts, all of which were written or co-written by the artist. Every one a gem! See for yourself when Miss Street plays out in Nashville or go to www.janeystreet.com.
Rating: Seven Stars*******
Music City Bluesletter – by Sheryl and Don Crow
Janey Street certainly is a captivating vocalist. She can go from a soft ballad to a near-Janis-Joplin growl in a heartbeat! Add to that her clever songwriting, and, when you put ’em both together, you get this fine collection of blues, The Street Less Traveled.
Janey explores a lot of territory on this set. There’s a bit of jazz, a taste of jump blues, and some smoky ballads for good measure. All are full of Janey’s wry, witty look at life and live. Listen to “Sail Away,” and you’ll find her looking for that “perfect place” to get away. Then, the samba-flavored “Santa Ana Winds” lets you know she’s found that place. “The Right Thing To Do” has all the ingredients of a classic “cheatin” tale, while “Hangin’ By A Shoestring” has her looking for a love that’s just not materializing–in fact, it’s only “one page from Chapter 11!” She finds a good man who accepts her and her imperfections as well in “He Just Does,” with some tasty guitar from Fred Molin. “Boy Toy” and “Around Midnight” conjure up tales of late night rendezvous for a little “extracurricular activity!!” And, the jazzy tribute to her brother, “Hands On The Keys” is a good look at how music can touch our souls.
We had some favorites aside from these, though “Mistreated” is a poignant tale of a woman used by the man she loves. On the lighter side, get your dancin’ shoes on for “Flip Flop Wishy Washy Me,” with trumpet from Steve Rosengarden and wailin’ sax courtesy of Jim Hoke!
This is a strong set from a fine singer-songwriter. If you like a varied taste of blues within a CD, then you can’t go wrong with “The Street Less Traveled.”