Stacie Collins live at La Boite – Madrid, Spain – Wed. Sept. 23, 2015
by Leticia RC
“Just as there are people who come into your life like a hurricane destroying everything in their path, there are artists who will produce such a feeling when you see them live that nothing is ever the same. That is precisely what happened to me the first time I saw Stacie Collins”
I first discovered Stacie Collins in 2000 when I saw an advert for her debut album in No Depression that stated ‘The #1 Blues Harmonica Player in Tennessee’ (and she looked kinda cute too). The resulting rooting and tooting Alt-Country album shook me to the core and I’ve been an unashamed fan ever since.
Well it ain’t many times around here that we get presented with an act as purely rooted as this. Naughty ‘n’ Nice from Nashville, Tennessee we get the hot ‘n’ raunchy Stacie Collins and her band that features on Bass, Al Collins (also of Jason & The Scorchers); Jason Graumlich on Guitar & Drummer, Brad Cummings.
If you thought Nashville has never stretched beyond the gentlest confines of alt-country, then think again. With rockers like Paramore, Kings of Leon, Jack White and Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites) having all moved there and with the amazing guitar picker Johnny Hiland trading his country heritage for fiery rock on his new CD, there’s clearly something stirring on the footsteps of the Grand Ol’ Opry.
Thar she blows! With ex-Georgia Satellite Dan Baird at the production helm you know this going to be nitty-gritty and dirty club blues. Nashville born and bred, Stacie Collins is a formidable, long-legged force on stage and plays a mean gob iron. Here she surrounds herself with some classy musicians, including husband Al, who plays bass with Jason & The Scorchers, and produces a jukebox worth of classy FM rock guaranteed to get any party started. Imagine a ate-night lock-in jam with Aerosmith, The Stones and ZZ Top fronted by a female equivalent of Ronnie Van Zant, or maybe even Shania Twain with balls (we won’t dwell on that image). It’s sassy, sexy and rocks like a bitch.
In the saturated music market, so full of youth, freshness and prefabricated impostor originality, certain names remain secret in the underground . With a more than solid career behind her, backed by an overwhelming band and the best reviews, Stacie Collins is one of those safe bets to make glad the concert schedule: in a comfortable alternate place, away from a mainstream where names deserve more respect, it is fortunate for all lovers of this small format that this country-rock lady remains one of the secrets at our disposal.