Personnel: Harrison Calloway, Michael Toles (guitar); Derrick Williams (soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone); Ezra Brown, Stephen Hau, Robert Lampkin, Kimble Funchess, Booker Walker (horns); Larry Addison (piano); Roosevelt Nickelberry (keyboards); Tony Black (synthesizer, programming); Willie James Hatten (bass guitar); James Robertson (drums); Vincent Grizzell (programming, sampler); Karin Wolfe, Quanda Brooks, Jewel Bass, Thomisene Anderson (background vocals).
Audio Remixers: Jerry Masters; Kent Bruce ; William Brown ; Wolf Stephenson.
Recording information: Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Sheffield, AL.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Michael Toles; Tony Black.
Smokin' in Bed is another hot one from the first lady of raunchy Southern soul, Denise LaSalle. Bright, sparkling Southern horns accent many cuts, including "Juke Joint Woman," an up-tempo saga about a barfly. The blues never sounded better than on "Blues Party Tonight," which features B.B. King-inspired guitar licks on top of a laid-back groove, or "Dirty Old Woman," a dated-sounding jump number. At times her sexual tales sound contrived, but she excels on the Southern fried ballads and mid-tempo smokers that dominate the latter half of the album -- "Goin' Through Changes," "Never Been Touch Like This," and "Why Am I Missing You" are pure LaSalle. ~ Andrew Hamilton