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For her fifth full-length album local blues rocker Romi Mayes decided to stray from formula and record a set of all new songs in front of a live audience, basically in one take. The result is the electrifying ten-tracker “Lucky Tonight” and as the hard-working Mayes sets off on a very long tour in support of the record there is no doubt she will be collecting even more fans based on the high quality of her songwriting and performing. Mayes has said she writes from her own experiences and when you hear tracks like “Heavy Heart”, “Ball and Chain” and “Not My Baby” you wonder if she has had nothing but dreadful romantic relationships her whole adult life. The lyrical content does strike a chord though and her support musicians (including local string-slinger Jay Nowicki on lead guitar) flesh out Mayes’ down-to-earth tones impeccably. Mayes’ pure song craft works well in this context and she deserves high praise for making this musical experiment just plain work.