Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers
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Michele D'Amour and the Love Dealers

Kirkland, Washington, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2011 | SELF

Kirkland, Washington, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2011
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"Heart of Memphis - 5/14/19"

MICHELE D’AMOUR & the Love Dealers/Heart of Memphis: Even though this is blues and not world beat, world beaters will get it when D’Amour says Memphis feels like home. More of a blues/Memphis soul stew than a straight up Stax etc. feeling set, this white girl with the blues doesn’t make any bones about taking blues where she needs to as it takes her where it will. Fun stuff for modern ears that don’t really care about picking cotton on the delta and want to hear some choogling the way they think it should be. On the money throughout.​ - Midwest Record


"A powerful set"

Michele D’Amour grew up in the Seattle region, and she and her band, The Love Dealers, have four releases already under their belt. Back in January, they made the trek to Memphis for the IBC, and were so taken in by the ambience and history of the Bluff City that they headed straight to Royal Studios and producer Boo Mitchell to lay down what would become their fifth release, “Heart Of Memphis.” Seven originals and one sho’ nuff funky cover make this one a solid package, indeed!

Michele’s got that big, bold voice, and The Love Dealers have a cool rhythm and horn section, laying down a serious groove, no matter the song. Leading off is the Santana-by-way-of-Peter Green vibe of “Another Sleepless Night, my baby’s gone away!” Michele gets into her best come-hither lines to coax a lover to “Come On Over, I need some relief,” in this smoldering, sexy, strutter. Our heroine later finds herself down at the Crossroads in “Cradle To The Hearse,” where “nothin’s so bad it can’t get worse!” This one has some fierce, booty-kickin’ sax from Noel Barnes. Everybody gets funky on a cool take of one of STAX’s most iconic instrumentals, “Memphis Soul Stew,” and they close out with our favorite. Michele plays the blues preacher to the hilt as she lays out a bittersweet story of playing in bars for the lovers, the broken, the homeless, and those who just want to drink their troubles away over a musical backdrop. It’s a church-ified tale of “Strange Angels,” where “we’re all community here,” unlikely shepherds to a culturally-diverse flock.

Michele D’Amour And The Love Dealers are all fantastic musicians in their own right. When you add the soul, blues, and overall vibe of Memphis and the Royal Studios into the mix, “Heart Of Memphis” becomes a powerful set, indeed!!!" Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues And Roots Alliance. - Don and Sheryl's Blues Blog


"Don't we just love it"

The album recorded in Memphis, live in the recording studio , without all the embellishments that modern digital recording usually imposes on the “in studio” sound of bands and artists, is a refreshing and at times quite exciting approach to “keeping” the sound as real and live as you can get.

You have no hesitation in understanding that what you hear on this cd is what you would get in a live performance! And that’s a great thing! Michele sings with fire and gusto on some classic stomping Rn B grooves, then brings it down to a soulful, melodic romp when required. The band play with a skill and feel that complements her singing so well. They are a tight and professional unit, individually excelling when called upon, and always laying down a solid , pulsating rocking rhythm, getting very funky, down and dirty! And don’t we just love it! - Mystery Train


Discography

  1. Sin Comin' On - 2014
  2. Ante Up - 2015
  3. Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge - 2017
  4. Wiggle Room - 2018
  5. Heart of Memphis - 2019

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Seattle-based Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers have been slinging their brand of sexy, sassy blues all along the west coast since 2011. LA Music Critic awarded the band "Best Blues Band" in January 2019 and said: "There is nothing like a good solid blues rhythm coupled with an amazing female voice that understands the true sound of the blues. Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers…bring an authenticity to their sound not normally heard by today’s modern blues bands." 

The band draws its repertoire from a mix of well-written originals that sound classic, and carefully chosen covers on which the band puts its own spin. Fans appreciate the lyrical “soulful whimsy” and deep dedication to the groove. Michele D’Amour and the Love Dealers have played more shows than you can shake a stick at, and have been invited back to numerous festivals and venues due to their ability to put on a show that entices people get up to dance and sometimes even take part in the show as impromptu backup singers. 

The song "Trouble," from their third CD "Lost Nights at the Leopard Lounge," won a Grand Prize in the John Lennon songwriting competition. Their fourth album, Wiggle Room, debuted at #20 for blues nationally; and spent 13 weeks at #1 nationally on Roots Music Report's national jazzy blues chart in 2018. Two songs from that album have won bronze medals from the Global Music Awards, and the band has been nominated for "Best Blues Band" by LA Music Critic. The band's fifth album, Heart of Memphis, debuted at #3 on Roots's Music Report's national chart and is now at #1.

Show calendar at: https://www.micheledamourandthelovedealers.com/shows
http://www.micheledamourandthelovedealers.com 
Listen at: https://soundcloud.com/micheledamourandthelovedealers/sets/wiggle-room-1
https://soundcloud.com/micheledamourandthelovedealers/sets/lost-nights-at-the-leopard

Members are: Michele D'Amour, lead vocals and occasional percussion; Dave Delzotto, drums; Patrick McDanel, bass and background vocals; Jeff Cornell, guitar; Noel Barnes, saxophone; and Brian Olendorf, keyboards.

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