POTTER'S DAUGHTER & ANNIE HASLAM
Blood and Water [ single ]
(2019 - self release - UK)
First I'd like to take my hat off to Dyanne Potter Voegtlin (piano, keyboards, vocals) the lyricist, artist, designer,, arranger, and composer from Potter's Daughter, for making such a beautiful and physical package (comes both as a compact disc and a 7" single). With a notable guest singer such as Annie Haslam (Renaissance) adding vocals, it is a release to be cherished. I found myself listening to the 2 tracks over and over again. The band's full length debut 'The Blind Side' (2018) was a beautiful (and quite a bit more acoustic) prelude to this. Dyanne Potter Voegtline toured as keyboard player for Shirley Reeves (former lead singer with the Shirelles) for a couple of years, and later as keyboard player/backup singer with Noel Redding, which ushered in chances for gigs with Ginger Baker and Tico Torres. Potter’s Daughter was formed in NYC while Dyanne studied classical piano performance at the Manhattan School of Music
'Blood and Water' is very keyboard oriented, with aid by musicians: Amit Chatterjee (producer, arranger, guitar) /Ian C. Voegtlin (composer, saxophone, guitar) / Randy Crafton (percussion) /and Walter Sitz (drums). Using a polished blend of classical folk rock stronger than Iona and more like the songs of Mike Oldfield, when he was writing wonderful tunes using premier female vocalists, Potter's Daughter has created their finest composition yet. The two female vocalists (Annie and Dyanne) compliment each other exceedingly well, with a lush presentation sure to delight existing fans, and gain plenty more new ones.
The main track is full blown with drums, percussion, and Oldfield-like lead guitar. The b-side 'Blood and Water Revisited' leaves those out, however has the same impact and both versions are pristine. The gorgeous piano and vocals will turn heads and immaculate production, top notch musicians, and the keen decision to add Haslam for this single, is an all aboard winner. This listener is already looking forward to a 2nd full length. RECOMMENDED.
©Reviewed by Lee Henderson 8 - 9 - 2019