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You Sexy Thing By Hot Chocolate - Performed live by The Donna Hopkins Band

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Published on Jul 5, 2012

Shot Saturday, June 30th somewhere in the southeastern United States. Hopkins is legit: She's Alabama-bred, farm-raised in hard times. Her mom performed with rock bands in mini-skirts and go-go boots. Her grandfather's music was a tremendous inspiration. Hopkins has matured into a genuine triple threat as songwriter, singer and guitarist.

As a songwriter (she wrote or co-wrote all 11 tracks), Hopkins seasons swampy, Gulf Coast funkiness with angular voicings of extended and suspended chords. Listen for examples on "In Spite of Yourself" or "Don't Ask Why." It's classic tension-and-release with a groove and lyrics that reveal mileage, honesty and soul. It's survival music you can dance to.

The grooves come courtesy of bassist Michael Hurwitz and drummer Richie Jones, who are in the pocket throughout and add convincing harmony and backing vocals.

As a singer, Hopkins has a big, distinctive voice that effectively communicates varied emotions. The acoustic "Everything Money Can Buy" puts you on the front porch on a summer evening, right about dinnertime.

As a guitarist, Hopkins can be, at turns, raw and articulate. She's her own woman with equal parts John Lee Hooker and Billy Gibbons, and a dash of Jimmie Vaughan and Robin Trower circa Bridge of Sighs. The bottom line: Live sounds great, thanks to Dynasonic Mobile, and is a well-focused snapshot of an artist who has plenty of talent and the courage to be herself. -- Georgia Music Magazine, 2006

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