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When legendary but retired bluesrock producer, Mike Vernon of Bluesbreakers and Feetwood Mac fame, decides to get back behind the desk, chances are he’s on to something good. Sari Schorr is a ballsy New York blues singer, and A Force Of Nature sees Sari and her band, The Engine Room – which includes British blues guitarist Innes Sibun standing shoulder to shoulder with guests Walter Trout and Oli Brown – romping through a set of self-penned or co-written songs. With a voice that hints at Janis Joplin, Maggie Bell and even Tina Turner, Schorr’s delivery takes no prisoners. Nor do Sibun, Brown and Trout, as the guitars on here are blistering. Ain’t Got No Money kicks us off but other highlights include a superb solo on Damn The Reason, Sari’s raunchy take on Ram Jam’s Black Betty, Trout’s emotive guitar on Work No More, and the moving closer, Ordinary Life. If you like your blues on the gutsy side this definitely won’t disappoint.