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Like a Flower

by Kaye Bohler

Rocking Rhythm and Blues, Sultry Jazz and Swinging Blues delivered by a Big golden timbre of a voice.
Genre: Blues: Rhythm & Blues
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2. How Do I Get There
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3. Wasted On You
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4. Constant State of the Blues
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6. Another Mans Arms
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7. Two Things At Once
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8. Got a Good Man
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Latest Reviews, for "Like a Flower"

Wow, - I'm reviewing CD's tonight and this one kicks butt... she is great! Styling, writing and voice, impressive.
Kay Clements, KHNS-FM, Haines, Alaska
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California native Kaye Bohler has a dynamic, powerful vocal range that is perfectly suited to the classic blues, soul, and R & B that she sings on her latest CD, "Like A Flower." These ten original tracks take you back to that splendid "San Francisco Sound" of the Sixties, with splashes of Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, and jazz greats Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday. Throw in guest guitarists, Robben Ford and Tommy Castro, themselves no strangers to that Bay Area sound make this one fine listen!

Songs of love and relationships are the common thread of this set, through the eyes of a woman who's had experience with both the good and the bad. The lead off cut finds her extolling the virtues of a good lover, " He Helps Me," then she rocks out in the same vein with "Got A Good Man," opting for a "mover and a shaker" over a "moneymaker." A muted sax intro leads into the torch like ballad, "My Heart Beats For Him," while the horn section adds fuel to the strong vibe of "How Do I Get There." Kaye realizes it's time to cut her losses when she realizes that her love is "Wasted On You." She has a hard choice to make between "Two Things At Once," where one lover "pays the bills" while another "gives me thrills."
We had two favorites, too. The pressures of everyday life leave Kaye in a "Constant State Of The Blues," while a lover who prefers alcohol over Kaye's lovin' touch drives her into "Another Man's Arms."
Big and brassy, bold and sassy, Kaye Bohler is poised to set the blues world on its collective ear with her dynamic voice and penchant for classic blues-flavored soul and R & B. Check out "Like A Flower" and ENJOY!!!!
Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.
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To describe artists names of comparisons are made up which are over the top. Kaye Bohler, for instance is called “Rhythm and Blues Singing Baby of Soul”, “The White Tina Turner” and “Power House Blues Woman and Entertainer”. All powerful significant, or maybe therefore meaningless, terms. I think we should better listen to her to determine if she really is worth what is said about her.

Last week I found her latest CD “Like A Flower” on my doormat. It is Kaye's fourth CD and it took six years since her last one. What attracted my immediate attention was the excellent care of the inlay. A folding paper with all lyrics and participating musicians. About those lyrics: all ten of them were written by Kaye Bohler herself, for that she already earned her first points. The album is produced by Tony Lufrano, who also play piano and organ on all the tracks. Tommy Castro and Robben Ford are the guest musicians.

Okay, let the music speak, the imaginary needle lowers itself in the imaginary groove and from the first tone of “He Helps Me” the flexible, soulful voice of Kaye stand out. A real soul number with juicy Hammond- and sparkling guitar licks. “How Do I Get There” is an old school soul song too with guitar that remind of Robert Cray and an old fashioned horn accompaniment. The band provides a tight base, over which Kaye's voice has an rhythmic of its own, which creates a wonderful tension. “Wasted On You” is a typical 70's soul song with beautiful tearing sax. A real blues is “Constant State Of The Blues”, a very personal song in which Kaye sings about the sorrow and misery she encounters due to the illness of her mother. Everyone who has a love done who is sick or who has died recognizes the situation she sings about. It is my personal favorite.

This is followed by the lighter “I Got To Know”, a fast blues shuffle, in which Tommy Castro contributes. The presented vocals are jazzy, the horns, a tearing saxophone solo by Nancy Wright and the fierce guitar of Castro complete the song. A lovely song. If “An Another Man” is a autobiographical song than her (ex-)husband should sit down and think. She sings she can take quite a lot, unfaithfulness and whatnot, but “it was your drinking that drove me to another man's arms”. A typical 70ies soul number, including wah-wah guitar and Latin percussion. The soulful “Two Things At Once” follows it. The shuffle “Got A Good Man” floats on the accompaniment of the horns and Hammond organ. A nice detail is the 'surf' guitar solo a la Dick Dale. The following song is the relaxed, jazzy “My Heart Beats For Him” before the last song, the title track “Like A Flower” sets in. A surprising begin by Tamas Marius on flute. The funky rhythm and finger picking guitar of Robben Ford immediately give the song a positive disposition. The text gives a positive outlook on the future as well.

In the lyrics of the last song you will hear “I’m like a flower, about to bloom”. Nonsense, as far as I am concerned. The flower, named Kaye Bohler blossoms for some time now, but it will certainly keep on bringing us color and beauty. My conclusion about this album “Like A Flower” is that Kaye Bohler is unique in the music world. A singer with a beautiful and flexible voice, who writes her own, personal songs who renders them on a very high level. The album is filled with present-day blues and soul, and she uses the rich tradition of Chicago Blues, soul and funk well.
And to remind you of my opening sentence. A comparison with Tina Turner does not fit, therefore Kaye's voice is not raw enough, but much more flexible. And the other remarks? Ah well, listen yourself....
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We just got the Kaye Bohler CD. Man I just love it. We will be playing it this Sunday when we do our 3 hour Ladies Show.
Take care, Mr. & Mrs. V Blues On the Move, KPFT 90.1 FM, Houston TX


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Josh

AWESOME CD KAYE!
No doubt - one of the best Cd's I have listened to - I was just thinking today as I was driving and listening to this CD, which I have not switched out of my car in months and listen to over and over and am not getting sick of it, rather I love it more and more each time. The music and instrumentation is wonderful and Kaye's voice as always is so superb. I love when she throws her little high pitched squels and voices into the mix - Kaye you are so cool!

John, and friends behind Kaye - you guys rock! Awesome album!!

Mr. & Mrs. V Blues On the Move, KPFT 90.1 FM, Houston TX

We Love it!!!
We just got the Kaye Bohler CD. Man I just love it. We will be playing it this Sunday when we do our 3 hour Ladies Show.
Take care, Mr. & Mrs. V Blues On the Move, KPFT 90.1 FM, Houston TX

Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society

Check out "Like A Flower" and ENJOY!!!!
California native Kaye Bohler has a dynamic, powerful vocal range that is perfectly suited to the classic blues, soul, and R & B that she sings on her latest CD, "Like A Flower." These ten original tracks take you back to that splendid "San Francisco Sound" of the Sixties, with splashes of Tina Turner, Janis Joplin, and jazz greats Dinah Washington and Billie Holiday. Throw in guest guitarists, Robben Ford and Tommy Castro, themselves no strangers to that Bay Area sound make this one fine listen!

Songs of love and relationships are the common thread of this set, through the eyes of a woman who's had experience with both the good and the bad. The lead off cut finds her extolling the virtues of a good lover, " He Helps Me," then she rocks out in the same vein with "Got A Good Man," opting for a "mover and a shaker" over a "moneymaker." A muted sax intro leads into the torch like ballad, "My Heart Beats For Him," while the horn section adds fuel to the strong vibe of "How Do I Get There." Kaye realizes it's time to cut her losses when she realizes that her love is "Wasted On You." She has a hard choice to make between "Two Things At Once," where one lover "pays the bills" while another "gives me thrills."
We had two favorites, too. The pressures of everyday life leave Kaye in a "Constant State Of The Blues," while a lover who prefers alcohol over Kaye's lovin' touch drives her into "Another Man's Arms."
Big and brassy, bold and sassy, Kaye Bohler is poised to set the blues world on its collective ear with her dynamic voice and penchant for classic blues-flavored soul and R & B. Check out "Like A Flower" and ENJOY!!!!
Sheryl and Don Crow, Nashville Blues Society.

Dan MacIntosch with Reviewyou.com

Like a Flower is a soulful, honest, and sometimes ballsy collection of songs.
Kaye Bohler is a rarity these days: a true blues singer. Like a Flower is a soulful, honest, and sometimes ballsy collection of songs. Bohler separates herself from the typical blues artist by writing relatively introspective songs. This makes her more Bonnie Raitt than, say, Etta James. For instance, blues artists have been known to brag about physical characteristics, rather than complain about them. But Bohler opens “Wasted On You” by asking, “Are your muscles the only thing about you that’s strong?” In other words, she doesn’t just want somebody that fills out a shirt well; she wants a real man, inside and out. “I don’t know if you’re being real,” she admits during the chorus of a song that replicates old soul with its honking horns, backing vocals and organ fills.

Musically, Bohler’s style falls somewhere between traditional blues and old school soul. How Do I Get There”, for instance, incorporates stinging guitar lines that bring to mind Robert Cray, although the track’s horn and electronic piano backing has a distinctly Al Green feel. The song’s lyric deals with self-esteem issues, which are also hardly typical blues topics. “How do I get there? Keep my head up ‘stead of my chin down.

This CD’s title track expresses Bohler’s optimism over the future. “I’m like a flower, About to bloom, I’ve been growing, I’m coming up soon.” This is a slow-burning track, which features guitar great, Robben Ford, on lead guitar. It also includes notable flute work from Tamas Marius. Bohler reveals considerable restraint with her singing, as well. Although she lets out a few wonderfully scratchy wails, she holds back from completely letting loose. This approach suits the song’s lyric, which speaks of a future event – a flower’s colorful unfolding.

The most traditional blues song included in this ten-song collection is “Constant State of the Blues.” Over a rolling groove, accented once again by horns, Bohler sings about the trials and tribulations of her sick mother. Anybody who’s ever lost a loved one to a prolonged illness knows what a roller coaster such and ordeal can be: one day that person seems to be on the mend, the next day the situation appears dire. “Eight months of praying seems, She’s better for a while, Somewhere long the line well, I lost my smile.”

“Constant State of the Blues” is followed up be the far lighter “I Got To Know”. Bohler’s voice takes on a distinctly jazzy tone with this one, as Nancy Wright adds dirty sax lines as musical exclamation points. Tommy Castro throws down some wicked electric guitar lines as well.

Like a Flower is filled with contemporary blues music, which is built upon time-tested musical values. Tony Lufrano produced this CD by surrounding Bohler with consistently complimentary instrumental elements. Both Lufrano and Bohler shine brightest during the disc’s title track, where each aural element knows its place and makes its statement, without ever upstaging Bohler. Bohler is to the blues what Carol King was (and is) to singer-songwriters: an introspective songwriter with a gutsy, impossible to ignore voice.
 
Dan MacIntosch with Reviewyou.com
Dan MacIntosch, a professional music journalist for 26 years, his work has regularly appeared in many local and national publications, including CCM, CMJ, Paste, Mean Street, Chord, HM, Christian Retailing, Amplifier, Inspirational Giftware, and Country Standard Time as well as Spin.com.

Kay Clements, KHNS-FM, Haines, Alaska

This one kicks butt!!!
Wow, - I'm reviewing CD's tonight and this one kicks butt... she is great! Styling, writing and voice, impressive.
Kay Clements, KHNS-FM, Haines, Alaska

Eric Campfens

Ppowerful vocal range that is perfectly suited to the classic blues!!!
To describe artists names of comparisons are made up which are over the top. Kaye Bohler, for instance is called “Rhythm and Blues Singing Baby of Soul”, “The White Tina Turner” and “Power House Blues Woman and Entertainer”. All powerful significant, or maybe therefore meaningless, terms. I think we should better listen to her to determine if she really is worth what is said about her.

Last week I found her latest CD “Like A Flower” on my doormat. It is Kaye's fourth CD and it took six years since her last one. What attracted my immediate attention was the excellent care of the inlay. A folding paper with all lyrics and participating musicians. About those lyrics: all ten of them were written by Kaye Bohler herself, for that she already earned her first points. The album is produced by Tony Lufrano, who also play piano and organ on all the tracks. Tommy Castro and Robben Ford are the guest musicians.

Okay, let the music speak, the imaginary needle lowers itself in the imaginary groove and from the first tone of “He Helps Me” the flexible, soulful voice of Kaye stand out. A real soul number with juicy Hammond- and sparkling guitar licks. “How Do I Get There” is an old school soul song too with guitar that remind of Robert Cray and an old fashioned horn accompaniment. The band provides a tight base, over which Kaye's voice has an rhythmic of its own, which creates a wonderful tension. “Wasted On You” is a typical 70's soul song with beautiful tearing sax. A real blues is “Constant State Of The Blues”, a very personal song in which Kaye sings about the sorrow and misery she encounters due to the illness of her mother. Everyone who has a love done who is sick or who has died recognizes the situation she sings about. It is my personal favorite.

This is followed by the lighter “I Got To Know”, a fast blues shuffle, in which Tommy Castro contributes. The presented vocals are jazzy, the horns, a tearing saxophone solo by Nancy Wright and the fierce guitar of Castro complete the song. A lovely song. If “An Another Man” is a autobiographical song than her (ex-)husband should sit down and think. She sings she can take quite a lot, unfaithfulness and whatnot, but “it was your drinking that drove me to another man's arms”. A typical 70ies soul number, including wah-wah guitar and Latin percussion. The soulful “Two Things At Once” follows it. The shuffle “Got A Good Man” floats on the accompaniment of the horns and Hammond organ. A nice detail is the 'surf' guitar solo a la Dick Dale. The following song is the relaxed, jazzy “My Heart Beats For Him” before the last song, the title track “Like A Flower” sets in. A surprising begin by Tamas Marius on flute. The funky rhythm and finger picking guitar of Robben Ford immediately give the song a positive disposition. The text gives a positive outlook on the future as well.

In the lyrics of the last song you will hear “I’m like a flower, about to bloom”. Nonsense, as far as I am concerned. The flower, named Kaye Bohler blossoms for some time now, but it will certainly keep on bringing us color and beauty. My conclusion about this album “Like A Flower” is that Kaye Bohler is unique in the music world. A singer with a beautiful and flexible voice, who writes her own, personal songs who renders them on a very high level. The album is filled with present-day blues and soul, and she uses the rich tradition of Chicago Blues, soul and funk well.
And to remind you of my opening sentence. A comparison with Tina Turner does not fit, therefore Kaye's voice is not raw enough, but much more flexible. And the other remarks? Ah well, listen yourself....

Eric Campfens, Germany
http://www.bluesforum.nl/smf/index.php?topic=11677.0