Groovin' At The Crosse Roads Heather Crosse
- 1My Man Called Me03:34
- 2Why Does A Woman Need A Bass Guitar03:53
- 3Rockin' Chair04:12
- 4Clarksdale Shuffle03:18
- 5Hurryin' Up To Relax03:49
- 6Walkin' In Their Shoes04:47
- 7Damn Your Eyes04:22
- 8Steppin' Up Strong03:42
- 9Bad Boy Kiss03:25
- 10Call On Me03:14
- 11You Don't Move Me No More03:22
Info for Groovin' At The Crosse Roads
Heather Crosse, a respected bassist from Clarksdale, Mississippi, now releases her debut on Ruf Records. Her band Heavy Suga‘ & the SweeTones has appeared frequently at the world-famous Ground Zero Blues Club and has performed at major festivals, opening for B.B. King, Robert Plant and others. As a singer, Crosse looks to soul and blues icons like Etta James, Koko Taylor and Big Mama Thornton for inspiration.
Her solo debut Groovin’ At The Crosse Roads shows what she's really about. It's all blues – with a soul twist. "I grew up singing Motown and a couple of my blues mentors did a lot of 70s soul. So that tends to come out in the songs that I'm writing," explains Crosse, who co-wrote five of the album's eleven tracks while also paying tribute to heroes such as Etta James and Big Mama Thornton. It's the kind of mix she relies on to get Mississippi crowds dancing on a Saturday night.
"Groovin' At the Crosse Roads" by Heather Crosse is a breakthrough debut. She takes her place with the finest musicians on today's scene. Her singing, like that of Etta James or Maria Muldaur, combines the best of being a tough mature woman and at the same time a sweet, vulnerable girl. Her band, Heavy Suga' & The SweeTones plays with authority and is a showcase for the outstanding rhythm section of Heather on bass and Lee Williams on drums. Fine original songs — personal and universal. Great move taking this project to venerable producer Jim Gaines, makes this album not just a good start but a powerful accomplishment. All aboard!" (Bob Margolin)
Heather Crosse, vocals, bass
Dan Smith, guitar
Mark Yacovone, keyboard
Lee Williams, drums
has been singing for 31 years, playing bass for 18 years & she knows exactly what makes her spirit dance…BLUES & old SOUL music! Heather was born in Louisiana, where she began singing in her childhood. In her early twenty’s, Heather lived in Hot Springs, Arkansas, where she cut her teeth playing bass for Detroit/Arkansas Bluesman, St. Thomas Jenkins. After his passing, Heather polished her musical chops by playing in several bands which eventually led her to take up residence in Clarksdale, Mississippi, home of the world famous “Blues Crossroads,” the place she currently calls home. Although Heather spent several years backing her Blues mentors, she has also fronted her own Soul Blues band, Heavy Suga’ & The SweeTones, for 8 years. In May 2015, Heather & her band recorded their debut album entitled, “Groovin’ At The Crosse Roads” under German Blues label, Ruf Records, with Grammy Award winning producer, Jim Gaines, to be released worldwide in September 2015. Heather met Jim when she recorded the “Ruf’s Blues Caravan 2015: Girls With Guitars” album & was so excited when Jim signed on to produce her solo album. Heather spent the first half of 2015 touring all over Europe & UK with the Ruf’s Blues Caravan and they continue in USA. Heather is currently touring with her band promoting their new CD and continues to teach music at the Tutwiler Community Education Center in Tutwiler, MS.