The sheer sense of pleasure that Bonnie Bramlett exhibits on "Strongest Weakness" off of Beautifulis infectious and lasting. And it’s not surprising that Bramlett is displaying pride and joy, with her daughter, Bekka Bramlett, singing right along with her.
After more than 40 years in the music business, Bramlett’s star shines brightly on Beautiful, an expertly balanced mixture of jazz, blues and country. The title track glides effortlessly, trapping the listener under Bramlett’s charm while backing players Kelvin Holly on guitar, David Hood on bass, and Kevin McKendre on piano paint the tune’s interiors with warm rhythmic hues. Working with Johnny Sandlin, Bramlett reaches back for extra on the Stephen Stills’ standard, "For What It’s Worth" and on the mournful Gary Cotton gem "Some of My Best Friends." But, Bramlett is at her best when she takes the gospel framework of Billy Joe Shaver’s "I Do Believe" and turns the piece into a personal testament to the affirmation of life’s possibilities.
Rocking out on Randall Bramlett’s "Shake Somethin’ Loose," Bonnie Bramlett translates the kinetic attraction of her singing along the long, winding blues and soul drenched road on the winning Beautiful project.
Beautiful is out now on Rockin’ Camel Music.