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Sayin' What I'm Thinkin'
Sayin' What I'm Thinkin'
By Sarah Brown

Blind Pig Records: 1996

This review first appeared in the July 19, 1996 issue of the North County Times.

Sarah Brown is known mostly to hardcore blues fans, the kind who read liner notes to see who's playing keyboards or bass on a particular track. The prolific session bassist (a regular at Cliff Antone's blues club in Austin) gained some of her own notoriety on a vocal track on the "Antone's Women" compilation a few years back.

She finally has her own album out, and it's going to appeal to a lot more than just blues fans. In addition to being a stupendous bassist, Brown is also a heck of a god singer and songwriter. And out front, she absolutely rocks. She wrote 11 of the 12 songs here, and they're all a listenable blend of Texas blues and mainstream rock – closer to Stevie Ray Vaughan or Johnny Winter than most of the blues musician's she's backed over the years.

The reason Brown isn't a star in her own right is truly a mystery.