Written by: Just Between Us
From the opening notes of “I’ll Never Sell You Out,” a distinctive throwback vibe hits your ears. The song could have easily been a late-1960s/early-70s R&B radio hit. Spady’s impressive fretwork combines George Benson-styled soulful jazz with B.B. King-influenced urban blues, a sound punctuated by a lonely sax riff cutting through the darkness. There’s definitely an “after dark” feel to the song, when the streetlights flicker on and the moon settles in for its nightly task, thus setting the stage for the rest of Just Between Us.
The spry, upbeat “Enough of You” offers a funky strutting rhythm, combined with blasts of rollicking Hammond organ and Spady’s subtle, nuanced string-bending. The lyrical subject matter is pure blues, though, the guy getting dumped by his girl after, I presume, too much catting around. The beautifully-paced soul-blues ballad “Just Between Us” showcases tearful Spady vocals, supported by delicious backing harmonies and a melodious guitar line, while “Be Your Enough” is a slow blues number custom-built for a club stage, the kind of crowd-pleaser that is certain to snap the audience to attention with the first notes of Spady’s trembling solo.