Title: Just The Way It Goes
Adelaide, South Australia
Born in Adelaide, Zkye (pronounced Sky) Compson-Harris has been singing since she was very young. Unfortunately I had not heard of Zkye until I received this CD, so I had absolutely no idea what she sounded like.
After first listen, what struck me was the distinctive timbre and gutsy-ness of her voice. I expect others have compared Zkye with many and varied blues singers from contemporary to bygone days including Koko Taylor, Etta James, Irma Thomas and Janis Joplin, and this girl certainly does not ‘look’ like her voice sounds!
If I’d heard her without seeing her, I would not have expected this diminutive diva who doesn’t just write great blues songs, she sings them with oodles of soul, gusto, passion and credibility. And on “Just The Way It Goes” her self-penned songs fit comfortably amongst the other well-chosen selections.
Although blues based, the album has elements of rock and soul mixed with its country leanings. The songs – full of raw emotion and heartfelt lyrics, the musicianship, the production, the CD continuity, in fact the whole shebang makes for a fine blues album which can be enjoyed time after time.
Once you’re familiar with the songs they become like comfortable slippers that you can slip into any time for a leisurely listen.
Here’s hoping Zkye makes the journey back to Sydney some time soon!
Electric guitar – James Mitchell
Acoustic guitar – Pat McGrath
Drums – Greg Morrow
Bass – Damien Steele Scott
Hammond B3, Electric Piano, Piano –
Backing Vocals – Gale Mayes, Angela Primm
Diane Dixon, Callum Campbell, Zkye Compson-Harris
Produced by: Damien Steele Scott