Liz Mandville Greeson: Ready to Cheat

A soul survivor on Chicago’s blues scene for the past 17 years, singer-songwriter Liz Mandville Greeson melds gritty Chicago blues, groovy Memphis soul and Texas shuffles on Ready to Cheat (Earwig 4945; 56:32). A hearty vocalist with a naughty streak (she credits Mae West for inspiration), Greeson delivers with alluring heat on the rocking “Great Big Man” and the torchy “Those Kisses.” She further spells out her nasty agenda on the Muddy Waters-ish “Reefer Woman,” “Belly Rubbin'” and “Jim Beam” then flashes a wry sense of humor on “He Left It in His Other Pants.” And she serves up a new Windy City anthem in the swaggering “Chi-Town,” in which she calls out the names of local legends Tyrone Davis, Carey Bell, Koko Taylor and Buddy Guy. An urgent, earthy offering from a hip blues chick.