Charlie Faye & The Fayettes (from the album The Whole Shebang available on Bigger Better More Records)
With a beat that huffs and puffs as it blows down walls around wandering hearts, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes provide a cheat sheet for falling head over heels, counting “1,2,3,4”, and adding an ABC, to teach love an elementary lesson on the opening cut for The Whole Shebang. The album is the recent release (their second) from the Austin, Texas-based trio. Using ‘she’ to light the fuse with a ‘bang’, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes add whole lotta shake, rattle, and roll to The Whole Shebang. A heartbeat drum hammers as the girls group together to form a united front, declaring “I Don’t Need No Baby”. The Whole Shebang glides through the velvet ropes on a smooth groove bringing along both horn and string sections on the guest list for “Night People” and surfs waves of thick reverbed guitar licks and doo-wop harmonies listening for love in “Say Those Words”.
The Fayettes prove that the power of three is a mighty thing when Charlie Faye, BettySoo, and Akina Adderley bring maturity to a world of sugary Rock’n’Roll Pop innocence. No is not an option when Charlie Faye & The Fayettes shake like Tina Turner’s fringe on “Stone Cold Fox” and rattle on wall of sound sonics seeking reassurance in “Baby, We’ll Be Okay” as The Whole Shebang rolls and rumbles on the confident rhythmic pound of “The Cream Rises to the Top”. Keeping the vintage groove of their debut their self-titled debut, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes show signs of age on The Whole Sheband, Charlie Faye sharing that ‘I'm still influenced by ’60s girl groups, but this time around, other elements came into play, too. I wanted us to start venturing a little more into the early ’70s, as so many of the great girl groups did’. Listening is like hearing from an old-friend, Charlie Faye & The Fayettes offering a fresh-look sound as they fashion the album with smooth Rock’n’Soul (“Riding High”), spotlight a Rock’n’Roll rhythm (“Tonight’s the Night”), and mix a punch of nothing but Rock (“You Got to Give It Up (The Party Song)”, sparing no quarter for the vintage jukebox love on The Whole Shebang.
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