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Great Review from the Rock Doc

posted Jul 27, 2012, 9:30 AM by Shelley Lynne



RECLAIM YOUR LAND Hip Shakin’ Mama & The Leg Men (Independent) 4/5

I expected absolutely nothing from this disc, which is why it sat on my desk a good 2-3 weeks before I even took off the cellophane.  When I finally threw Reclaim Your Land into the CD player, it was love at first sound.  This is real greasy, blue collar working man’s blues.

With a name like ‘Hip Shakin’ Mama & The Leg Men I was expecting something of a novelty act.  But Shelley-Lynne (Mama) has a fine voice, and when I noted in the liner notes that Willie Dixon is her main influence, I had a feeling we’d get along just fine. Guitarist Gerry Perkin feels the music in his bones, recalling a combination of Carlos Santana (particularly on She Doesn’t Want You) and Buddy Guy.  The band grooves almost telepathically but the key ingredient, the secret spice that lifts them above the rest is harp player Dave Oakey, bending his notes in a way that makes the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

Hailing from Hamiota Manitoba what makes this disc work is how they play as a band.  While bassist (and Shelley’s husband) Richie Hardinge and drummer Doug Sullivan groove until the cows come home the other players are given a chance to shine.  From the first song to the last Reclaim Your Land is a bluesy delight and a sheer pleasure to listen to.

TOP TRACKS:  She Doesn’t Want You, Rooster Stew (dedicated to Willie Dixon), Show Me No Mercy

Great Review from Lady K from the Boston Blues Society

posted Jul 27, 2012, 9:27 AM by Shelley Lynne

Hip Shakin Mama and the Leg Men 
Reclaim Your Land

Hip Shakin Music

By Lady K
August 2012

Lady K really wanted to love this CD because she loves the name of the band. Luckily, it was a win-win situation; rocking electric-blues music, sassy lyrics (okay - sassy, naughty, risqué lyrics) performed by a talented vocalist and band!! And it all began north of our border, so we must remember to thank the border-guards for allowing Reclaim Your Land out of Manitoba and into New England.

The Hip Shakin Mama is also known as Shelley Lynne Hardinge (singer, songwriter, band leader). The Leg Men are Gerry Perkin (guitar); Richie Hardinge (bass – also husband of the Hip Shakin Mama); Adrian Kuryliw (bass); Rob Lamonica (keyboard and Hammond); Phil Nevile (keyboard); Dave Oakey (harmonica); and Doug Sullivan (drums). The Hip Shakin Mama spent quite a bit of time writing the liner notes forReclaim Your Land; each musician received a paragraph of thanks, as did the producer, the photographer, her hairdresser, family, and finally, Wayne. Wayne was the Hip Shakin Mama’s biological father – who abandoned her mother before Shelley Lynne was born. Lady K understands the need to vent, and to rant and rave, and hopes that including this paragraph (and the final track on the CD) has helped Shelley Lynne to heal. I look forward to hearing more music from the Hip Shakin Mama, but I’m pretty much done with Wayne.

As far as the music is concerned, there are no complaints from Lady K. In the rockin’ “Rooster Stew” she threatens her man, when she realizes he been playing around with other chicks: she’s “sick of your cheating and your cock-a-doodle-doo” – she’s got “Rooster Stew” on the menu!! The fast, rocking blues music in “Devious (Scheming Little Thief)” is imbued with some amazing guitar leads. Sadly, her man is doing her wrong – again; he “ain’t worth my trouble, ain’t worth my time . . . you’re a liar, a swindler, back-stabbing “Devious (Scheming Little Thief)”. Phew! “My Claws” is an up-tempo reminder that her man is a dog (acting like a cad), making her “think it’s time to put a leash on my hound; he’s been diggin’ up flowers and burying bones’ all around the neighborhood;” she decides it’s “time to turn you back to my tone . . . you ain’t no match for my claws.” So far, Shelley Lynne’s men pretty much suck!

“Reclaim Your Land” is a sexy mid-tempo shuffle which emphasizes the harmonica, along with a terrific guitar solo. And pretty graphically reminds her man “you’ve been gone for some time and left your mama alone . . . need you to till my soil.” She calls out to him that she’s “sitting on the front porch . . . come reclaim your land . . . you gotta cultivate your soil . . . sow your seed all around . . . come plow my field.” So, while enjoying the rocking electric blues, Lady K learned that Hip Shakin Mama, in addition to possessing the perfect voice for these blues, also has a very adults-only sense of humor. Lady K admits to roaring with laughter (in a Lady-like manner, of course), at the double-entendres AND the in-your-face sexual innuendo included in the lyrics of most of these tunes.

“She Doesn’t Want You” is a mid-tempo bluesy number exploring a woman’s feelings as she considers the alternative to bad relationships with men: “crossing to the other side” so to speak. That she has other options and other people who find her attractive; for instance, a sexy, singer/dancer – another woman. She sings of the new prospect, “She can have it all . . . no need for her to be wanting.” She could have any man in the place: “the whole room is under her spell; she shakes her hips and pulls me closer.” I “told her I won’t, but maybe I will – I feel like a stranger in a foreign land . . . never imagined a world such as this” -- not that there’s anything wrong with that . . .

“Show Me No Mercy” with its quick jive beat, has a honky-tonk feel and contains very explicit instructions for her man: “When we do it all night ‘Show Me No Mercy’”. “When the lights are way down low, want to go more than slow, gonna have fun, I know – ‘Show Me No Mercy’.” “Hey Daddy, you make my bells ring – I love how you shake that thing.” And there’s more great rockin’ blues in the up-tempo “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long,” with a terrific instrumental section – just try not dancing to this one!!

“Funkalicious Sugar Blue” (OMG) is a slow, sexy, funky tune, explaining what her man does to (and for) her. “He gives me a sweet tooth when his confections are on me; he’s so funkalicious, man he’s delicious . . . the things I would do for my sweet Sugar Blue . . . he’s like my coffee – dark and sweet - he brings the sugar, I bring the heat . . . ‘his sugar-coated mojo has a dash of spice . . . ‘his jelly roll, so nice and hot – never fails to hit the spot.” (And even if you aren’t impressed with Sugar Blue’s mojo – Lady K certainly is - you’re gonna love the harp and Hammond B3 interlude!!)

And then there is the tune about a man’s huge ego, entitled (what else?): “Wanker Blues” (yes, really!!) This is an up-tempo, hilariously funny number, one of those tunes that just keeps replaying itself in your mind – try to avoid singing the lyrics aloud tho’. This victim of the “Wanker Blues” “love his own reflection – there’s only room for him in the space he’s in . . . he’s got a tower of power in the shower. . . ‘he knows all there is: him, himself and he.” The insane guitar takes some of the edge off the lyrics!

“Don’t Put Me Down Too Long” provides more evidence of Hip Shakin Mama’s sense of humor as she sings in the first person – as a guitar! “I love your fret-board action, go ahead and plug me in . . . I need to be tuned up, my g-string’s gone all wrong . . . give me good vibrations – slide some rhythm and blues . . . you can cook up a new piece, just don’t put me down too long.”

“Bigger Man” is a terrific slow-blues tune, and closes the album on a very serious note – Wayne’s abandonment of Shelley Lynne and her mother; the plaintive guitar adds to the somber tone. It’s a heartbreaking tune: “you left your baby crying, never held her in your arms . . . snuck out the backdoor before she was even born. What have you done, what did you do, I’d like to know just who the hell are you? On the day we met I was thrilled to meet your eyes; on the day we met . . . those were my eyes. You called me a mistake, said I shouldn’t have been born . . . you lived your life hating me; how could such a monster be my daddy? I’m a bigger man than you’ll ever be.”

Some good (not so clean) fun, and some food for thought – all on one album.


In Concert with Harpdog Brown and Graham Guest

posted Aug 31, 2011, 1:11 PM by Shelley Lynne   [ updated Nov 12, 2011, 10:32 AM ]

Hi Everyone!

I had one of the most enjoyable evenings as a Blues Singing Songwriter I have ever had on November 10, 2011! I was in concert with Harpdog Brown and Graham Guest at Lady of the Lake in Brandon, Manitoba. My young band, players from Take With Audio backed me up that night. It was a magical evening of great music, great friends and great venue! Harpdog is one classy guy and an amazing Blues Man! Graham was so sensational and has such an impressive resume of who and where he has played, awards he has been awarded and I pretty much had to stick a crowbar in his mouth to get him to talk about it. Totally down to earth gentlemen with talent just gushing out of every pore! 

They are on a Canada tour promoting their new album. It is something else so you'd better get your paws on that one! We love and respect them so much! I can't wait to see them and open for them again. In the meantime I'm writing a song about Harpdog and he'll play on it the next time he's through! That will be a dream come true! Make sure you catch them! They will knock the polish off your toes!

Love you!

Your Hip Shakin Mama, Shelley-Lynne


CD Review from Germany!

posted Aug 31, 2011, 10:37 AM by Shelley Lynne

Donnerstag, den 25. August 2011 um 18:44 Uhr Geschrieben von: Bluespfaffe

Shelley LynneSie nennt sich Hip Shakin Mama. Die Sängerin Shelley Lynne aus Kanada zählt zu den neuen Frauen im Blues, die selbstbewußt die Tradition von solchen Powerladies wie Koko Taylor oder Etta James fortsetzen.

"Reclaim Your Land" heißt das Album. Und im Titelsong fordert sie den Mann auf, endlich zu der Beziehung zu stehen. Doch in den anderen Liedern der CD ist oftmals eine Frau zu hören, der es nichts ausmacht, die Männer einzeln mit harschen Bemerkungen auf ihr Normalmaß zurecht zu stutzen. "Wichser" ist da nur eine der Bezeichnungen, die Shelley Lynne alias Hip Shakin Mama findet. "Scheming Little Thief" ist eine andere. Hier ist eine Frau, die sich ihrer Kraft durchaus bewußt ist, die sich nichts vormachen lässt und die genau weiß, was sie will und wie sie es erreichen kann.

Schon als Kind wollte die im kanadischen Edmonton geborene Shelley Lynne singen. Und über  den Schulchor und Instrumentalunterricht von der Grundschule an arbeitete sie seither an der Verwirklichung ihres Traumes. In den 70er Jahren war das. Und ihre Lehrer brachten ihr von Jazz und Blues über Folk, keltische Musik und Pop so ziemlich jeden Musikstil nahe. Und in der Plattensammlung ihrer Eltern fand sie dann noch Elvis und die Klassiker des Country von Johnny Cash bis zu Tanya Tucker. Als sie 14 war, schleußte sie ihr Klavier-Lehrer in Clubs, so dass sie mit seiner Band auftreten konnte. Und mit 16 hatte sie schon ihre erste eigene Rockband namens Lust! Daneben fand sie allerdings noch Zeit, ihr Musikstudium fortzusetzen und einen Abschluss als Sängerin zu bekommen.

Das ist allerdings schon eine Weile her. Und es ist verwunderlich, dass so eine Power-Röhre wie ihre so lange nicht auf Platten zu hören war. Denn "Reclaim Your Land" ist ein Debüt-Album. Die Lieder sind sämtlich von ihr oder den Mitgliedern ihrer Band "The Leg Men" geschrieben und decken eine Bandbreite vom klassischen Chicago-Blues über Latin-Einflüsse bis hin zum swingenden Rhythm & Blues ab. Und das tun sie auf einem Niveau, dass es einen zeitweise fast umhaut. Da sind keine Unsicherheiten im Songwriting oder den Interpretationen zu spüren, die man Debütantinnen oder Debütanten gerne nachsehen würde. Nein - so selbstbewußt kraftvoll wie die Texte sind auch die Kompositionen. Und Hip Shakin Mama & The Leg Men finden damit ohne Probleme ihren Platz in der Bluesszene der Gegenwart. Irgendwo in der Nähe von Sängerinnen wie Janiva Magness wird man sie in den nächsten Jahren sicherlich häufiger nennen. Jedenfalls wenn sie ihren hier eingeschlagenen Weg konsequent fortsetzen.

Thanks For A Great Summer!

posted Aug 31, 2011, 10:02 AM by Richie Hardinge   [ updated Aug 31, 2011, 10:22 AM ]

Hi Everyone!

Well, the summer is drawing to a close and I must thank everyone for the best summer ever! It all started on July 8, 2011 with our CD Release at Lady of the Lake in Brandon, Manitoba. That was the best night! I was joined by five of the amazingly talented  Leg Men on the album and so many friends! My children had to stay at their Grandma's house because there were far too many flowers in my car to bring home! That was a great problem to have! Gerry Perkin - Guitar, Doug Sullivan - Drums, Richie Hardinge - Bass, Dave Oakey - Harmonica and myself enjoyed every minute of it!

July also brought the Brandon Folk, Music and Arts Festival. We performed in the rain but the sun did shine though on our last song. We shared the stage with the Sheepdogs and Romi Mayes. That was so much fun! Nathan Crook - Guitar, Kevin Blair - Bass, Bernie Wolski - Drums and Richie Hardinge - Vocals joined me for this event.

We made our way into the recording studio again with a bunch of new Hard Rockin Blues songs I wrote! We're making our way to figuring out our next all original Blues album! The young Leg Men and I all love my song, Too Damn Pretty the best! I can't wait until you hear it! We've recorded Talk To Me and Cold. Last week I wrote a song about my beautiful transsexual friend. It's called Miss Daisy May and Trevor Crook wrote a rap section in it. We performed and recorded it live at Times Changed on Saturday, August 20th. I'll be hearing what we created that HOT night soon!

I will include my husband singing a song I wrote for him called Dirty, Low Down and Mean! It's great! He's so awesome! I can't wait until you hear him! I'm considering a live spontaneous music jam on my birthday, September 16th  with Hip Hop Djs at Lady of the lake. That would be fun! We have done that in the past and it was off the charts! The young crowd loved that they were a part of and witness to new music being created!

Thanks so much to Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club in Winnipeg for making August 20th the best night ever! Little Miss Higgins, the Sheepdogs and George Wendt (Norm from Cheers) were a part of the audience! They loved the show and ate my naughty cake! Very Funkalicious!

Last week I was blessed with the most special gift! A writer in Germany listened to my album and felt so strongly about it that he wrote a review about it! It's in German so Google translation is acceptable but not perfect. He compared me to Koko Taylor and Etta James. there could be no greater compliment! I watched the shooting stars that night and felt that I was more in love with my life than ever!

Send in your requests! I'll write a song about it! I am the Queen of Taboo! I love it! Also if you want one of my Cds email me and we'll arrange your order! Thanks Everyone!

I'll write again soon!

Your Hip Shakin Mama,



Malware Alert

posted Aug 16, 2011, 2:55 PM by Richie Hardinge

Hello - Over the last few days there has been an explosion of hits on Google for Hip Shakin Mama and The Leg Men, Reclaim Your Land (2011).Airplay has been really great in Europe and across North America and the reports of activity on our various download sites look promising.

We are very concerned however, of the top-listed hits that are the Google results for the last couple of days. These sites are hosted way off-shore in Russia and other eastern locations. The downloads appear to be free copies of the album but when we pursued these links, we were asked for our cell phone number in order to legit the download. PLEASE DON"T EVER GIVE YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER TO A DOWNLOAD SITE. Unless a website clearly displays itself to be a forthright company like Google or Facebook where cell phone alerts can be configured and password resets can be done via cell phone, offering up your number will only result in third-party charges showing up on your phone bill that are difficult to shut down.

Again, Hip Shakin Music is NOT knowingly offering our product for download from sites that ask for cell phone numbers so that they can bill our fans on their phone invoices. Our known sites - ones where we no our music was submitted for review and sale or broadcast are: iTunes (US, Aus/NZ, Canada, UK/Europe, Japan, Mexico), 24/7, Amazon MP3, Deezer, eMusic, Fox News, GetPlaylists, Guevera, iLike, Immergent, InMotion Entertainment, Intertech Media, La Curacao, Last.fm, Wal-Mart (Liquid), MediaNet, MOG, Moozone, Myspace, Myxer, Napster, Nokia, Puretracks, Rdio, Rhapsody, Secure Media, Simfy, Spotify, Synacor, Tesco, Thumbplay OTA, Virgin Mega, WaTunes, We7 and Zune.

Any other sites that carry our music are doing so without our being aware. 


posted Jul 29, 2011, 6:32 AM by Richie Hardinge

The new iTunes are here! The new iTunes are here! We checked the iTunes store this morning and they were uploaded and available for purchase. It only took about 9 days from when I completed my bit on ReverbNation.

Shelley learns to blog pt. 1

posted Jul 26, 2011, 1:14 PM by Shelley Lynne

Ok - so how does...?

They're here!!!

posted Jul 7, 2011, 3:41 PM by Richie Hardinge   [ updated Jul 7, 2011, 3:50 PM ]

Actually they arrived a little while ago and local friends and fam have already dropped by and bought their copies (Muchas Gracias!) Tomorrow is our CD release party at LOTL. Lots of confirmations and reservations in place. We're gonna have a lot of fun and play lots of blues. The HipShakin Set will happen sometime after 9pm but the music and dancing starts at 8. The Majestics are there playing the blues and special guests will be there who may just happen to end up jammin and cookin up some funkiness.

Waiting for CDs to show up.

posted Jun 12, 2011, 11:59 AM by Richie Hardinge

Well - the fortune got spent a couple of months ago. More money a couple of weeks ago. Now all we have to do is wait. We have a tracking code for the courier (thank God it isn't coming via Canada Post) who is supposed to have the stuff at our doorstep any day now.

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