Liner Notes - I’m Still Standing
Timothea is a New Orleans treasure and there is nothing fake about this gem. Her life experiences and creative artistry sparkle through each song she writes and every word she sings. "I’m Still Standing" is her fifth record and features guest appearances by her long time buddy Walter "Wolfman" Washington and the southern gentleman of soul, Leon Russell.
This is her first collaboration with the multi-talented writer, recording artist and producer Pat Robinson. He has worked with artists as distinct as Joe Cocker, The Byrds, Nicky Hopkins, Gene Clark, Percy Sledge, Willie Nelson and Johnny Rivers. "I met Pat in March of 2003 when I went to Los Angeles to organize a Hep C Benefit," she related.
Pat was so excited about Timothea's music that he called his partner Steven Busch and played a couple of tracks over the phone. Steve had a successful song in 2002 when he co-wrote with Ronnie Dunn of Brooks and Dunn "It Won't Be Christmas Without You." Steve has produced and promoted several artists through the years that have become very successful. The result of Pat, Steve and Timothea's combustible creation is this record.
You will meet them in the "Middle of the Night" in a cool and smokey honky tonk with a sassy voice and a hot saxophone. Sentimental feet are swinging to endless possibilities in the "Middle of the Night".
She deals with love falling in or out of and Timothea expresses the scope of these emotions. Her duet with Leon Russell, "I Belong to You" , snares two lovebirds ascending to the zenith of joy. "I'm Still Standing" is the declaration of a jilted woman who is marching onward. "Maybe Later" with Wolfman Washington portrays the dubious plan of two lovers to steal away.
She pays heart-felt tribute to her friend Earl King (1934 2003) in a rendition of his song Sunrise . "I still can’t talk about him without crying. I still think about him everyday. He will always be my mentor. "
Elvis Presley sang "Crawfish" in the movie "King Creole". Here they turn it into a funky hoodoo-ish mudbug anthem that should be the main entree on every jukebox from Bay St. Louis to Beaumont, TX and points in between.
The musicianship is top shelf. Timothea's voice brings fluidity and cohesion to a gumbo of rock-edged blues, cool funk and soul performed by her newly found West Coast friends and New Orleans stable mates.
"I'm Still Standing" testifies to the ups and downs she's experienced in the Peyton Place world of New Orleans music. Who else can say they shared the stage with Smiley Lewis, Ernie K-Doe and Irma Thomas as a teenager? How many fourteen-year-olds do you know whose first record was produced by Wardell Quezerque and featured Dr. John? If there was ever an artist deserving greater recognition it is Timothea - our New Orleans Siren of Soul.
Jerry Brock ©2003
New Orleans, LA