Radio Radio will play host to one of the best displays of girl power we’ve seen in this town this year when Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes and Devil Doll rock the house.
Devil Doll, aka Colleen Duffy, plays an addictive mix of rockabilly, jazz and swing. She looks like Jessica Rabbit and sings like the diva from Blue Velvet. All lipstick and curves, Duffy could slay a whole roomful of sailors with songs like “The One that Got Away” and “The Curse” from her new CD, The Return of Eve. Meanwhile, “Liquor Store” shows off a voice that is equally at home with a smoky jazz tune or a sweaty sleaze-abilly workout. Duffy makes Amy Winehouse look like an amateur.
Good as Devil Doll may be, she’s got a lot of work to do if she wants to upstage Mandy Marie and the Cool Hand Lukes. Mandy Marie’s Mo Foster, on standup bass, is probably one of the best of the sort in the Midwest. He plays the bass like a Harley, riding it for all it’s worth on the straight-aways, while deftly plucking around the groovy corners. Glen Hopkins kills the drum kit with a manic energy that’s unequalled, while Rick Weaver brings a pro’s touch to the guitar, weaving in and out of the monstrous energy around him.
But, this is, after all, Mandy Marie’s gig. She is the female counterpoint of her husband, Danny Thompson, and like her hubby, she is a master of just about any genre of music that’s put before her. What she does best, though, is honky tonk, and with her perfectly suited down-home fried chicken eating and PBR drinking voice, and her unbelievable prowess behind the Telecaster, she’s got one of the best honky-tonk bands in the country. The fact that she’s been recording in Nashville, Tenn., with some of her honky-tonk heroes, who have played with people like Waylon and Buck Owens, only makes her cooler.