You’ve got Nothin’ To Lose and everything to gain from listening to Meghann Wright’s debut LP … soul music with a rock n’ roll heart |
Brooklyn based blues-rocker Meghann Wright released her first full-length album Nothin’ Left To Lose last June on Canadian indie label Blacktop Records, and while I may be late to the party in lavishing praise on this illustrious debut, timelines are irrelevant when it comes to appreciating music as provocative and all-encompassing as this.
Wright’s soul inspired roots rock is a specialty blend that draws parallels to multiple genres and classic influences, as finely-tuned pop music that can shift seamlessly between kicking out the jams and hard-as-folk, soul-baring balladry. The not easily earned Janis Joplin comparison certainly applies in terms of vocal style and swagger, but with a vintage sounding tone all her own (Secrets, Sunshine Through The Rain), accompanied by an interesting and eclectic mix of stylistic forays, all deftly executed and commanded by a voice possessing the sonic boom of iconic predecessors Grace Slick, Ann Wilson, and Melissa Etheridge (Diamonds Blaze, Most Wanted), contrasted in varying degrees by a captivatingly edgy, alt-blues sensibility akin to contemporaries Joan Osbourne (The River) and Elle King (Black Kiss).
And the intrigue doesn’t stop there, because beyond the majesty of this intricately defined roots-rock album, this Hawaiian born, Joplin-esque folk-singer of poetic proportions is also the founder of The City & The Heart, one of New York’s top advocacy organizations in supporting independent female artists and bringing awareness to Domestic Violence. This has become a major focus of hers since establishing the project in 2013, hosting showcases that raise money for women’s shelters as well as producing two compilation albums of Brooklyn-based female singer-songwriters (engineered by Will Hensley). All proceeds are donated to SafeHorizon.org to benefit victims of domestic abuse.
This is philanthropy at it’s artistic best, and a profoundly relevant and worthwhile showcase of singer-songwriters clearly suited to represent, much the way Meghann Wright’s musical presence so aptly represents an under-appreciated and often ignored genre of female-driven, modern roots rock, that which can boast the likes of Colleen Rennison (No Sinner), Lisa Joyce (Joyce Island), Emma-Lee, Kate Rogers, Samantha Martin, Kathleen Edwards … and those are just some Canadian examples (which I’ve included in compliance with this blog’s self-imposed Cancon commitment).
Mehgann Wright sings about having Nothin’ Left To Lose, and clearly, as long as she keeps singing we have everything to gain.