Here’s an excerpt from AllMusic Review by Thom Jurek
As a blues and R&B singer, Toni Price has no peers. Only Bonnie Raitt and Sue Foley — both guitar players of considerable merit — can approach the emotion Price can dig from a song, and of the two only Raitt has the same confidence with the material. And what a collection of songs! There’s the stomping bluegrass of Shelley King’s “Call of My Heart,” the smoky, tender artistry of Gwil Owen’s “Something in the Water,” the bluesy soul of “Work on It” and “Start of Something Good,” and the Okie blues of J.J. Cale’s “Like You Used To.” Price also digs into her considerable early swing chops on the standard “Right Kind of Man,” and duets with Malford Milligan on what should now be the watermark for Joe Tex’s “I Want to Do Everything for You”; its original raw soul and barely restrained heat smolders between the singers. As if that weren’t enough, there’s a gospel quartet version of the late Blaze Foley’s “Darlin'” and Gwil Owen and David Olney’s swampy R&B torch stomp “Measure for Measure.” These songs all segue into one another, dovetailing seamlessly into a portrait of original raw soul. Lyrics and harmonies drip from Price’s honeyed mouth like fine whiskey and cut a silhouette of her profile in the heart of the blues. One listen to Midnight Pumpkin and you’ll never be the same.
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