Sandy Carroll exudes a been-there, done-that, 'n still-doing-it nature branding her as a comfortable pro undaunted by the damnably shifting music scene, someone who knows precisely what she's doing and isn't going anywhere but where she's already been, 'cause, brother, it's the right place to be.
On Blues & Angels, Sandy Carroll touches on a wide assortment of universal feelings and truths. “Some of the songs are written for healing,” she admits. “‘Wrapped in an Angel’ and ‘Headin’ Home’ are two of those; some are songs of awareness like ‘Road Angels and ‘Movin’ On.’ ‘Slings and Arrows’ and ‘Blues All for Myself’ are about recognizing the dark and either being prepared with a lifelong armor or letting it run its course. Some of the songs are joyous: ‘Somebody Gotta’ Dance’ and ‘Love is a Wonderful Thing;’ some are tongue-in-cheek songs about atonement: ‘Soak Me in the Spirit’ and the timely ‘Mama Don’t Like It,’ that speaks to the empowerment of women and a sassy blues warning to anyone ignoring the ‘me, too’ movement. One, and only one, is a true love song: ‘Mississippi Me’ is for my husband and its delicate simplicity grants me peace.”
"Blues & Angels is definitely worth a listen or three; the songwriting is solid and personal, and the studio bands provide a crisp foundation." - Dave Orban, Blues Blast Magazine
"Produced by her Grammy®-winning husband Jim Gaines, Blues & Angels marries Carroll’s husky voice with the undeniable blues talents of guest artists Rocky Athas, Bernard Allison and Johnny Rawls. Sandy is no stranger to blues music, as her songs have been recorded by such luminaries as Albert King and Luther Allison." - American Blues Scene