Boston Blues Works Volume 1
Shows Off Hub's Blues Talent
Boston Band Crush
CD ON SONGS by C.D. Di Guardia
When you want to name your song "Angel" anything, you better either sound like Steven Tyler or an actual angel. Guess which one Rebekah Muir sounds like.
If Rebekah 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 onto 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 Paige, 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.
Backyard Smoking, Rebekah Muir
THE THURSDAY PICK
Alright fellas, today's pick, unlike the usual restaurant, is going to be a date, better yet, a particular performer... Introducing Rebekah Muir, a Berklee student 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 Lauryn Hill feel to it, but check it out yourself. I recommend the tracks Music Man, Goodbye and I Just Wanna 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 to do the talking (pun intended).
The Vinyl Experience
EPISODE 22: REBEKAH MUIR
by Roger Laferriere
"Rebekah 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."
"She has the type of voice that hits you in your chest when you hear it - the epitome of blue-eyed soul."
Boston's Weekly DIG
JESSE DEE WITH REBEKAH MUIR
"The first 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). Rebekah 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."
Guest Rocks Berklee
"Rebekah 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 - (Christopher) Guest's included."
If you really like female blues singers, check out Rebekah Muir's rendition of Willie Dixon's classic tune, "I Just Wanna Make Love To You." Her vocals grab at your with that raspy, heartfelt sultry quality that we all want to hear with a blues tune... you can kick back and enjoy this track over and over.""Boston Blues Works Volume 1 is right-out-of-the-wrapper a recording that one cannot put away after just one listening!
"Rebekah 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."