- All Ages
- Two item minimum
Saturday, November 3, 2018 7:30 PM
The Groove, New York, NY
- Ticket Price: $5.00
Two items minimum
Indie soul songstress Jill McCracken’s new release, “Shake Me Up”, is a
celebration of feeling— anything that she’s got on the inside (and there’s a lot on
the inside), is triumphantly released out into the world. Though Jill’s songs catch
the ear as pop tunes, touching heavily on classic soul and Motown influences, a
closer listen lets the audience know that these aren’t as simple as ABC, 123;
there’s conflict that lies just beneath the surface of the songs, as nodded to by
Jill’s sweet and savory lyrics. This isn’t a masquerade of beauty; it’s a celebration
of Jill’s honest-to-goodness truth of life and love— not only the beautiful, terrible,
horrible parts, but especially all the in-betweens.
“Shake Me Up” boasts soaring silky vocals (Jill McCracken, Mandy Goldman), a
pocketed rhythm section (Kevin Ewer, Brendan Duran), tight guitar riffs (Jim
Horvath) and a soulful organ & Wurlitzer performance (Jon Petronzio) to create an
original potpourri of new and old. The retro shoutout kicks in immediately on the
first track, “Lovesick Woman”, with its undeniable Jackson 5 overtones, then
bounces to the modern day influence of Lake Street Dive on “Do You?”, and back
to the Al Green and Aretha Franklin days in the sensual backing vocals and
twinkly keys on “A Taste of Sweetness”.
If you listen closely to this final tune on the album, you’ll hear waves of Seneca
Lake crashing against the shore— an homage to the lake house where Jill and her
band recorded the album. They were joined for their time on the lake by Nick
Bullock of Awake Studios (Nashville), who produced and engineered “Shake Me
Up”, shaping the songs into the soul record that it was meant to be.
Singing her truth is not a standstill moment of internal solitude— rather, Jill
declares her truth with power, sincerity, and pure delight. She does so with her
preferred delivery of movin’, groovin’ and hip-shakin’ all through her performance.