Press

BLUES MUSIC MAGAZINE (GRANT BRITT)
"Lemons belongs on the roster of great Lone Star State singers like Lou Anne Barton and Angela Strehli. She doesn’t have Barton’s twangy drawl or the bodacious brass of Strehli, but packs a formidable punch of Texas soul and down and dirty blues. Her latest, “Black Crow” recorded at Kid Andersen’s Greasland Studios in San Jose sounds like it came out of some sawdust-floored Texas juke joint as the sun was coming up."

TONEMONKEY (IAN MCHUGH)
"Cathy Lemons' voice is sensuous and expressive, with lyrics delivered with clear enunciation and a minimum of extraneous filigree, she forms an immediate and lasting emotional connection. Her delivery is one that many acts could, and should, be envious of."

"We have an album here that is far closer to the genuine blues than many of it’s contemporaries. The focus is on emotion and not on spectacle, which means it may not grab people who are used to the latter on first listen. However, if you stick with it, as you definitely should, you’ll be rewarded with a depth and richness that eludes the masses. This is a record that deserves repeated listens, that gives you something new on every pass. Each time it hits your record player you’ll love it just a little bit more."

DOWN BEAT (FRANK-JOHN HADLEY) **** ("Black Crow" is highlited in Hadley's Down Beat column--1 of 6 artists he listed in this 80'th Collector's Edition)
"She's lived a hard life, and the singing on her first solo album in many years lends credence to the typically suspect supposition that misfortune is a prerequisite for creating superior blues.... Lemons both salves the scars of the past and celebrates new feelings of freedom on her compositions "Im Going to Try" and "Your'e In My Town". Thankfully forgoing sensory overload, she boogies, shuffles, and personalizes Earl King r&b, James Brown funk, and Kiernan Kane roots music with unfeighned ardor."

BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES (ROGER AND MARGARET WHITE)
"Now at the top of her game with her new CD "Black Crow" her songwriting has taken flight."

FAME (MARK S TUCKER)
"She's much more in a lineage with Bonnie Bramlett, Tracy Nelson, Genya Ravan, and others…with Gladys Knight's smooth delivery. And you know what happens when Gladys sings the blues, don't you? Men melt."

BLUES BLAST MAGAZINE (RAINEY WETNIGHT)
"Cathy Lemons is a "black swan" of the blues. If one’s favorite type is mellow and full of soul, then this album fits the bill‘!

BLUES BYTES (GRAHAM CLARKE)
"With Black Crow, Cathy Lemons should receive some much-deserved attention far beyond the Bay Area. She’s a talented and honest vocalist that doesn’t have to shout and scream to get her point across, a welcome variation from what is often perceived as the norm these days. "

REFLECTIONS IN BLUE (BILL WILSON)
"One thing is certain…once you hear her, you will be a fan for life. This is music with a timeless quality that will have all the hitting power twenty years down the road that it does today. In this day and age when so much of what crosses my desk is some strange blues/rock combination, too often more rock than blues, this disc is refreshing as a glass of cold mountain spring water. This one is a keeper…a purchase you will not regret."

UNDERGROUND BLUES NETWORK (SHERYL and DON CROW)
“Black Crow” is poised to bring her a world-wide legion of fans!"

MIDWEST RECORD (CHRIS SPECTOR)
"Smoking, velvet soul blues that’s right in the pocket throughout, Lemons impresses throughout with this mighty release. A winner throughout."

JOHN LEE HOOKER:
"Cathy Lemons--she got it! That's the real blues--funky!"

REAL BLUES MAGAZINE (ANDY “BLUESBOY” GRIGG):
“After all, Cathy is the finest light-skinned female Blues vocalist in the U.S."

“Cathy’s natural vocals … sound like a female John Lee Hooker/Howlin' Wolf."

FULLTIME BLUES (JOHNNY FULL-TIME):
“The more I listen to this CD, the more I fall in love with her (Cathy Lemons’s) voice, which is velvety and hypnotic."

ALL MUSIC (HAL HOROWITZ)
"Lemons is a tough, soulful vocalist bearing some similarities to Bonnie Raitt, but with a plucky strut and delivery that are both playful and powerful. When she lets loose on the slow blues ... she builds an intensity and momentum that are as impressive as the female blues greats who have influenced her."

AMERICAN BLUES BLOG (CHEF JIMI):
"Too hot not to listen to! Get hip to the trip!"

SUNDAY NIGHT BLUES PROJECT (BRUCE EDWARDS):
"Cathy Lemons is one of those women singers who can sing anything and make it compelling!"

BLUES REVUE (HAL HOROWITZ):
"Dark Road ... a burnished, scintillating disc and certainly one of the finest debuts from a contemporary female blues singer this year."

"There's an assured, unhurried but vibrant quality to Lemons' voice that projects the touch of a torchy edge, a smidgen of danger and a pinch of pining hurt."

"With a voice this shimmering and rugged there's no need for showboating."

BIG CITY RHYTHM & BLUES (M.A. COLE):
"Lemons vocal work is top of the line ... potently dramatic, yet it pours out like sweet syrup."

VINTAGE GUITAR:
"She presents an almost classical quality to her voice. A dangerous approach to a tradition? You bet! But Lemons makes it work. The more you listen to this self-produced effort, the more you realize that it is a very individualistic emotional approach."

BAY AREA ARTS & MUSIC (DALLAS FAULKNER):
"Smoother than Janis, with plenty of range and polish, her torchy pipes attack a melodic line with the ferocity of a femaile warrior! She could sing anything she wanted, and you'd want to hear more. Her distinctive somewhat non-traditional take on the blues genre puts her in a class by herself."

LIVING BLUES (PRA):
"Lemons is a skillful and expressive singer delivering blues in a wide range of styles from dance-floor soul grooves to "the occasional ballad."