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Soulsville scion Vaneese Thomas returns to her southern roots for an album of impeccably produced songs of tender mercy, tragic heartache, and joyous celebration. She once again gathered together a group of good friends and collaborators to record the basic tracks of “Down Yonder” at Peaceful Waters Studios in New York with her longtime partner Wayne Warnecke. Thomas recruited the late show rhythm section of “Saturday Night Live” drummer Shawn Pelton and former “Dave Letterman Show” bassist Will Lee to deliver the steady grooves, along with guitarist Al Orlo and Robbie Kondor on keys. She then
returned to her hometown and called upon the talents of Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and Reverend Charles Hodges, to put some Memphis grease on the tracks along with trumpeter Marc Franklin, co-founder of The Bo-Keys, arranging and recording the horn section that included band mate Kirk Smothers on baritone saxophone at the world-famous Royal Studios. Thomas’ big sister the “Memphis Queen” Carla Thomas lent her acclaimed voice to several tracks and special guest Kevin Bacon joined her for an inspiring duet.