Dionne Chinn - Where
Does Love Go From Here
Peden, CSO Staff Journalist
first take on Dionne Chinn, a lady with the vibrant vocals from
Nashville, is voice, style and presence. It’s a pleasing
combination. It’s well caught in fan raves in her
bio…”Outstanding!”…”Excellent voice with sincerity”.
But besides heaped praise about the album, a question comes
posed in the glowing resume. Does originality mean anything any
more? Listen to Where Does Love Go From Here (Salt-H20
Records) and we have our immediate answer – yes!
From the moment
this licensed pilot (she earned her wings in ’87) hits high
gear with the opening rocker, “I’m Gonna Wreck It”, you
know this isn’t any Nash Vegas wannabe. Rather, what’s on
offer is a performer who easily tackles the vocal theatrics on
an album covering most moods.
For Chinn, a
mother of one daughter and who counts Wynonna, Tina Turner and
Etta James as her inspirations, and Travis Tritt as the main man
she’d love to tour with, Where Do We Go From Here proves,
and convincingly, the worth of Chinn’s sojourn through the
crowded learning circuits. Since her ’99 arrival in Nashville,
she’s paid her dues, fully, at Tootsies, the Broken Spoke and
Legends Corner. Now on an album paying homage to a passed sister
on “Where Does Love Go From Here”, and respected nods to The
Hag, George, Waylon and Loretta on “Country From My Boots On
Up”, to album favorite “Taking’ The Wheel”, a determined
honesty Chinn grabs with controlled emotion, doing the Allan
Miller penned tune proud, this album is a keeper.
While fans stack
the praise for the lady who took her start from fronting a
family band, a well aimed backslap needs to go to producer,
Charles English, who double dips as guitarist with the able
session band. English has sidestepped the formula-based riff and
twang confines of Music Row. By doing so, he’s allowed Chinn
her space and creative freedom – the result speaks for itself.
For Chinn, who counts her main hobby as ridin’ a Harley, has
collaborated on five of the cuts, and, as a relative unknown
commodity, shows passion, craft and lyrical strength.
“Must Have Been
Crazy” – one of the co-writes – is a love-soaked
familiarity telling of a woman’s weakened will in the face of
love. “Where Does Love Go From Here” poses questions.
Questions Chinn answers sincerely, as she tells of her sister
who died in 2003.
love go from here/ Once you’ve cried all your tears/ Tell me
now…when your heart sinks that low/with only pictures left to
Dionne Chinn has
taken a while to find her way to wider publicity. Pity. This
album, released late 2004, proves a late arrival doesn’t mean
missing the voyage. This is a strong, emotive, crafted album. It
comes signed, sealed and distinctively Dionne Chinn.
I can’t wait for her next.
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picture above to order your copy now!
|1: I’m Gonna Wreck It
2: Didn’t We
3: Must Have Been Crazy
4: Where Does Love Go From Here
5: House Of Broken Love
6: After The Night Is Gone
7: Country From My Boots On Up
8: What Kind Of Man
9: I Want It All
10: Taking The Wheel
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