Starlite Campbell Band: Blueberry Pie
The Starlite Campbell Band consists of Suzy Starlite on bass and vocals, with Simon Campbell on guitars, vocals, and percussion. For their release of all-original material, “Blueberry Pie,” they are ably joined by Steve Gibson on drums, Jonny Henderson on keys, and Danny Boy Sanchez on the harp.
Recorded in Spain for Supertone Records, this is a set with something for every taste.
The grooves run from stone classic Memphis grease to Chicago blues, even a touch of folk, with Simon’s acoustic guitar over the couple’s duet vocals on the title cut. It chronicles the fact that, even tho “times have changed,” it’s the simpler things that are always constant, such as that unmistakable “taste of Grandma’s Blueberry Pie!”
Suzy takes the lead vocal on “Guilty,” a Dusty Springfield-ish, soul-filled cut punctuated by fine B-3 from Jonny.
“Shimmy” is a sweet, Sixties-inspired instrumental, and the set closes with Simon’s jazzy promise to “say goodbye to yesterday and Thrill You!”. His guitar lines are reminiscent of B. B., and this one is really sweet.
Suzy and Simon had a lot of fun on our favorites. With all the bluster and swagger of Muddy’s “I’m Ready,” check out “Say What You Want, but don’t you mess around with me!” This Chicago-edged killer has mighty fine harp from Danny Boy Sanchez.
And, the set opens with a hypnotic, wah-wah infused groove that’s straight outta 926 E. McLemore down in Memphis, the greasy groove of the goodbye to a lover, “Walkin’ Out The Door!”
Thanks to Suzy and Simon for sharing this one with us. A refreshing blast of good, solid blues, it’s as sweet as a slice of that “Blueberry Pie!”
Until next time…
Sheryl and Don Crow, the Nashville Blues Society.