Cherry Lee Mewis has a story to tell. She has something to say, and she tells it through her music, her way.

The 5ft-nothing, power-house singer songwriter has grabbed the musical bull by the horns, and together with her long time co-writer and guitarist Max Milligan, has produced her most personal album to date; Catch My Drift - a 10 track, hair-raising declaration of refreshing honesty. This album takes the teasing hint of vulnerability of 2012's Heard It Here First, and the quirky puns and energy-a-plenty vibe of last year's Cherry Pickin' EP, then pushes the boundaries even further, taking in the best of musical influences while still keeping that elusive Cherry Lee Mewis treatment that gives the record a real punch.

“Catch My Drift is the name of my new album because I really want people to connect with me and get just what i'm saying, hear my story. I really grew up on this record...just going through life's progressions," explains Cherry. "The writing on this record has evolved from my previous recordings and fans will find a flavour of something different, I haven't changed too much but if this is the first record of mine that someone buys then it's a great album to learn more about me too."

With this new release Cherry has reinvented herself artistically yet stayed true to the classic Cherry Lee Mewis sound which is the 'be yourself', good-time, fist-pumping, barn-burning songs that her audiences have come to love.

"I try to write both lyrics and music of at least two or three songs on each record totally by myself, because I want to keep digging and finding that close connection to telling my story in my music, so i picked up my guitar and dug deep! Once again Max my co-writer and guitarist of 9 years totally helped bring my vision to life. In fact it's our vision and I feel so blessed to have him around me and great people like my band too, we're family."

"I've always been honest in my songwriting but with this album I feel i've really dug in deep and touched on subjects that people don’t usually talk about. First and foremost, I just wanted to write about things that I really knew about – subjects that hit close to home and I just took the time to really write. I know who I am musically and that is so important."

Snippets of the tracks are on the audio player, as well as an exclusive video below of Cherry talking about the recording of the album.

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A 6-track-breath-of-fresh-air full of cleverly spun webs of words, quirky puns and energy-a-plenty, this time all totally from the pen of Cherry's long time collaborator, guitarist and musical director, Max Milligan. This brand spankin' new release is titled Cherry Pickin' and takes you back to the old time country blues sound of Mississippi John Hurt and the feel of the New Orleans jug bands, adding dashes of ragtime, a couple of blades of bluegrass, and a pinch of Americana.
You can order your copy right here right now for only £6.
You can also hear snippets of 4 of the new tracks on the audio player above. 

The opening track, Sounds Like Heaven To Me was inspired by Rory Gallagher's Going To My Hometown and is a mandolin led burst of energy with a sing-along chorus of 'Drink rye whiskey and dance with the wild, wild women!' You can't help but rise to your feet when you hear the opening bars.
Good Lovin' centres around a blues lick played on ukulele by Max Milligan. The idea was to recreate the kind of two minute gem not dissimilar of J.J.Cale, with some classy, slick guitar solos included.
It's Over beautifully showcases Cherry's versatile, rich vocals proving that the power-house knows and can hold back when required and sings of a love she knows has run it's course, warning her lover that he's going to regret not trying harder. The pedal steel on this makes it sound like a Nashville classic.
The classic traditional country/blues instrumental Vestapol is included and is given a new twist by Max, in open D tuning proving that he is one of Britain's finest exports on acoustic guitar.
Meet Me At The Station is a real foot-stompin', hand-clapping tale where Cherry sings of a 'down on her luck' burnt spirit of a woman being badly treated in the hands of her husband and tries to tempt her love interest to meet her 'out the back door baby, before that man gets home'. Wishing for a happy-ever-after ending where they jump on a train into the sunset.
Wake Up Sun is almost over as soon as the British summer, teasing you with an infectious, sunnyside-up ode to being happy with living the life you love and choose all in 36 seconds. Certainly leaving you wanting more!

Says Cherry, "Max literally wrote Cherry Pickin' over a couple of days! He had a writing spurt and I think these tracks are among the best stuff he's ever written. He is such a wonderful songwriter, these songs deserve to be heard on a wider scale so that's why we can hold them back no longer from you! I've got some songs i've written that are being kept under wraps for now and hopefully will be on the next album. Max and I have been working together 8 years now and we have a solid musical bond that just gels so well, and that's why i've decided to bill this EP as Cherry Lee Mewis & Max Milligan, as the Cherry sound that you've come to enjoy at the gigs all comes from my collaboration with Max as he has produced all 3 of my albums aswell. We hope you toe-tap to your heart's content with this EP and continue to stay with us on the Cherry train to see what happens next!"




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Cherry on the road

Cherry with Morgan Freeman minutes after coming off stage at his Ground Zero Blues Club, Clarksdale, Mississippi

Cherry with legendary songwriter Dan Penn hanging out near Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, Alabama

Cherry with Steve Cropper after opening up for him and The Animals

Cherry onstage performing at the Silverstone British Grand Prix

Cherry recording at Abbey Road Studios guesting on Bernie Marsden's new record

Cherry hanging out in Nashville before performing at Red Rooster's Writer Night

Cherry & the band recording their BBC Radio 2 session at Maida Vale

Cherry with Bernie Marsden & Paul Jones after performing at Paul's charity gig at Cranleigh Arts Centre

"Great voice Cherry Lee!" Imelda May

Cherry with Aled Jones after coming off stage at Proms in the Park

"Thanks for supporting me, great music..." Albert Lee

"Cherry got the blues, that's why I wrote her name on my hand!..." Seasick Steve

"Real great touring with you Miss Cherry, thank you so much..." Mud Morganfield (Muddy Waters Jnr)

"Cherry, you sure can howl girl!" Hanging with Howlin' Wolf's two daughters and niece after performing at Howlin' Wolf Festival in West Point, Mississippi

Backstage with the Walter Trout Band after supporting him on his UK tour

Cherry backstage at Kentish Town Forum after performing onstage with The Quireboys

Onstage with Brad Webb & Blind Mississippi Morris at BB King's on Beale St, Memphis

Onstage at the 2010 Howlin' Wolf Memorial Festival in West Point, Mississippi

Onstage at the 2010 Howlin' Wolf Memorial Festival in West Point, Mississippi, band from l-r Grammy-award winning Billy Earheart, David Parker, Kelvin Holly (Little Richard, Pegi Young), Mike Chain, Cherry & Keith Shaddix.

Cherry onstage with her US band at the 2011 Market Street Festival in Columbus, Mississippi.

Backstage with US blues legend Super Chikan at the 2011 Market Street Festival, Columbus Mississippi