Her third album matches Peach with a strong blues band that amplifies her eclectic tastes, and adds a soulful flavor to the singer's heartfelt interpretations. She's convincing, as she works out the details of familiar pieces and fresh originals. Fiery guitarist Joey Delgado, soothing saxophonist Paulie Cerra and reliable drummer Maria Martinez return to help Peach make this latest venture a success. This time out, however, there's a lot more spunk and sunshine.
Peach duets with Taj Mahal on "The Real Thing." Together, they sing a timeless message about what everybody wants out of life. And this message extends to the rest of the album as well. Her down-home manner, soft-spoken and quite clear, makes the music easy to love. Pianist/organist Marty Grebb ensures that her accompaniment provides variety and musical accuracy. Peach's ballads offer a searing touch.
Alto saxophonist Mindi Abair makes a strong partner for the singer on "The Cure for You." Guitarist Bruce Conte and trumpeter Lee Thornburg pack the stage with passion on Peach's thriller, "Might Have a Move or Two." Tenor saxophonist Garth Hudson rips off a stirring roadhouse shuffle, as the singer interprets "Big Back Beat" with a traditional boogie feeling. It's one the the album's highest points, and includes rollicking piano spotlight. She give her audience a lot to mull over, from lyrical ballads to foot-tappin' stompers. The Real Thing represents down to earth blues performed with true character.