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Best Life Review
by Tom Harrison Music Reporter - Vancouver Province
 
Best Life by Shake N' Cor & The Bonetones
Maturity also is a hallmark of Best Life by Shake N’ Cor And The Bonetones. This is most evident on Meditation Blues. A younger person simply could not have written so reflectively or with an air of hard-lived wisdom. Shake N' Cor are the husband wife team of Corry and Reay Suter. The Bonetones are formed around Sandy Smith who has a weekly jam at the Princeton Hotel run with cohort David Dykhuizen. Combined, they have recorded a warm, comfortable blues album. It’s an easy going collection with overtones of hurt and sex that indicate the two have lived. There is no urgency here but it feels like a smiling greeting that lasts. It has its gravity. Do You Remember Sombrio, is dirge-like but is at the end of a record that is about living.

 
BC Musicians Magazine Nov 2017 - Decades of blues chops all on one record. What better life could you imagine?


Blues Bunny UK Review
 
Best Life by Shake N' Cor & The Bonetones
Another day and another blues album - or so I thought – but life has still got a surprise or two in store for my ears with Shake N’ Cor & The Bonetones actually managing to make a fresh take on what is a very old and tired genre. There isn’t even anything particularly unconventional in the thirteen songs that make up “Best Life” yet this is far from another keep the summer festival fans happy album. The feel is casual, even after midnight, but all the parts fit together with a precision rarely found today and the end result is never less than endearing and often uncommonly enticing. Now all this has to be a team effort but, nonetheless, much of the credit for this album’s appeal must go to Corry Suter who, with her own blend of uptown sugar and sultry smokiness, turns song after song into prime examples of the persuasive power of the female voice. Try out your ears on “What Are We Gonna Do Without Jesus” or the glorious “Pillows to Walk On” for the proof. “Best Life” could have been just another blues album – and it does, in truth, have its conventional moments - but Shake N’ Cor & The Bonetones just aren’t the kind of band to rest on their laurels and, without ever being flashy, show that it is all about the song and that time honoured 12 bar atmosphere. I duly raise my glass to them.


Keys And Chords - Belgium Review by Philip Verhaege
 
Best Life by Shake N' Cor & The Bonetones
Shake n 'Cor & The Bonetones' music is great Blues and Roots music with jazz, gospel and a lot of exciting rockin' overtones. The music covers a wide gamut or musical & emotional ground. So they create a genuine original sound that is blues based yet truly original. Clever! The duo Shakey Reay Suter and Corry Suter are a marital musical duo. Shakey Reay is a harmonica virtuoso who, together with his wife Corry - who is also a more than gifted singer-songwriter - teaches very tasty blues. Together with their band The Bonetones of Dave Webb (piano), bassist Keith "Poppy" Picot, drummer / guitarist Sandy Bone Smith and guitarist Dave "Double D" Dykhuisen produce and create cozy and divine blues. Guideline through the songs is the life walk of the duo Suter. The release 'Best Life' is their second recording. Corry already guaranteed eleven songs, while now Shakey also has his share in two tracks. The band was formed in 2011 after the duo had worked together for seven years in the band Little Blue Planet with Blue Ray Luxemburg. Corry is originally from the Netherlands and besides songwriter he is also active as a visual artist and sculpturist - Just look at the back of the CD cover. Shakey Reay was an established name in the Winnipeg blues scene for years before he moved to Vancouver and immersed himself in the blues. Now the couple is housed in Crofton, British Columbia. Shake n 'Cor & The Bonetones are once again committed to reviving their blues sound. And with songs like the jazzy / blues, 'What Are We Gonna Do Without Jesus', the acoustic 'Meditation Blues' and the roots-inspired 'Pillows To Walk On' even go a bit further than their fellow musicians. The title track is authentic blues and in 'Do A Little Fishing' Shakey Reay's harp virtuosity comes to the surface. In 'Stuck On Your Love' pianist Dave Webb stirs up the mood. The blues slow 'Leonard Gets It' stands in pleasant antithesis with the rockin 'boogie inspired' Across The Street 'and the Delta Mississippi based song' Keep Mama Happy ', where Sandy Bone can take care of the guitar. The instrumental folk song 'Shine It Up' and the closing 'Do You Remember Sombrio' are again highly remarkable songs.


Shake n’ Cor and the Bonetones – Best Life Review by Rainey Wetnight - Blues Blast Magazine - issue 12-3 - January 18, 2018
 

The New Year is a time for resolutions: promising to become healthier, wiser, more successful, and all-around better than you were before. It’s time to live your Best Life, which is also the title of the sophomore album from Canada’s Shake n’ Cor & the Bonetones. It features all the hallmarks of contemporary electric blues and blues rock: familiar rhythms, perennial subjects, repeated refrains, and often-heard instrumentation. Purists won’t find much to complain about here, at least in terms of too much genre mixing. Shake n’ Cor keep it real, without any slick tricks on sound and vocal editing. Best Life is a self-produced venture, backed by guts of steel and wills of iron from all the featured musicians. Another piece of good news is that all thirteen tracks are original, bold in and of themselves.Performing along with Shake n’ Cor are the Bonetones: Dave Webb on piano; Keith “Poppy” Picot on acoustic bass; Sandy “Sandybone” Smith on drums, electric rhythm guitar, and A.C. guitar; and Dave “Double D” Dykhuisen on guitar. The following song, an instrumental, is the best display of the band’s talent. Track 09: “Shine It Up” – Characterized as “instrumental blues” in the band’s promotional materials, nifty number nine also has more than a touch of smooth jazz. Dave Webb’s piano is crystal-clear, perfectly paired with Shakey Reay’s harmonica. It’s primarily a mood piece, laid-back and slightly melancholy. It may not be beer-chugging blues, but pour your favorite glass of vino as you kick back and let this one soothe your ears.


 
Best Life Review by BC Musicians Magazine - R Doull November 21, 2017
 
Best Life by Shake N' Cor & The Bonetones

Shake n’ Cor is the husband and wife team of harmonica master Shakey Reay Suter and singer songwriter Corry Suter. The Bonetones are: Dave Webb, piano; Keith Picot, bass; Sandy Smith drums, guitar; and Dave Dykhuizen guitar. Together they make blues based music with lyrics drawn from the life experiences of the two leaders. This is their second recording as Shake n’ Cor, Corry Suter wrote eleven of the tracks on this CD and Shakey Reay wrote two. The band was formed in 2011 after the two leaders had worked together for seven years in an aggregation called Little Blue Planet with Blue Ray Luxemburg. Originally from Holland, Corry has been performing for about 20 years. She is also a well-known visual artist and her sculpture Blues Couple is reproduced on the back of the CD cover. Shakey Reay was a fixture on the Winnipeg blues scene before moving to Vancouver and immersing himself in the blues community there. He moved to the Island in 1993 and the couple are now based in Crofton. Both His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama and Jesus appear as characters and subjects in two of the songs. A first for modern blues.

 

Rick Dennis - Cowichan Valley Voice Review
 
Best Life by Shake N' Cor & The Bonetones
TWO’S COMPANY: Crofton-based husband and wife duo “Shakey Reay” and Corry Suter have the best life. And they want everyone to know about it. In fact, “Best Life” is the title track of their new CD. Born in Winnipeg, Shakey spent the 80’s touring with various groups, playing in clubs and festivals across Canada before moving to Vancouver in late 1988, where he became active in the live music & studio scene (recording on jingles, demos and CDs by Colin James, Billy Cowsill, and many others.) Moving to the Island in 1993, Shakey formed his own band and guest-starred with Valley acts like Thor & The Thundercats and the Headhunters before forming Little Blue Planet with wife Corry and Victoria’s Blue Ray Luxembourg) and, later, Shake N’ Cor. Originally from Holland, Corry has been a singer (she has a four octave range ) and songwriter (she is credited with writing all the tracks on the CD) for over 20 years and a visual artist in mediums including oil & acrylic, watercolor, soapstone and clay sculpture and more. (That is her sculpture of the duo on the back of the CD.) The musical simpatico between the couple is the real deal. And speaking of real, all 13 tracks on the new CD were recorded live off the floor at Shakey’s home studio in Crofton. (Organic folk/blues/jazz. Who’d have thunk it?) For more info on the “best lives”of Shakey Reay and his talented wife, Corry and their musical friends, the Bonetones -Sandy Smith (Sandybone), Dave Webb, Keith “Poppy” Picot and Dave “Double D” Dykhuisen)- log onto shakencor.com. In the meantime, I’ll be listening to “Pillows to Walk On” (with a sultry vocal by Corry) “Across the Street (with its New Orleans party vibe),”Best Life” (with its hook-laden chorus), shufflebeat instrumental “Shine It Up” (spotlighting Reay’s always-polished harmonica) to mention just a few tracks from the tasty new CD.


Are You True To Me Review
by Helen Davies of The Victoria Blues Society
 
Are You True To Me by Shake N' Cor & The Bonetones
Reay and Corry have a great CD: ARE YOU TRUE TO ME? With Keith Picot(Bass), Sandybone Smith (drums & guitar),Dave Dykhuizen(guitar) & Chris Whitely on cornet. Corry sings like Billy Holiday meets Sade! And Reay's hamronica playing is just amazinly hot! at: CD BABY
 
Are You True To Me Review
by Rick Dennis of the Cowichan Valley Voice
 
Are You True To Me by Shake N' Cor & The Bonetones
 
WHOLE LOTTA SHAKEY GOIN' ON: Recorded in their home studio in Crofton, Are You true to me features 11 spirited folk/blues/jazz originals performed by husban and wife duo Shakey Reay and Corry Suter and some talented friends, Collectively known as Shake N' Cor & the Bonetones. In addition to the empathetic interplay of Shakey's harmonica and Corry's vocals, the disc features Sandy Smith (drums),Dave Dykhuzen(guitar), and Keith Picot (standup bass). My personal faves: "Happy Blues"(a playful little ditty with a warm, affectionate vocal by Corry, Dave stretching out on guitar Sandy contributin some fine brushwork, and a suitably inspired harmonica solo by Mr. Reay), and "Rain in Paris"(originally a track by the Suter's former group, Little Blue Planet. The new version comes with tasy cornet solo by guest musician Chris Whitely). There is a great community vibe on this disc. These folks obviously enjoy each other's company and musical skills and it shows. The disc is available in Crofton at Ocean Soul Book Cafe, and online at www.cdbaby.com.(just type in Shake n' Cor in the search engine). You can also sample some of the tracks at www.reverbnation.com/shakencorthebonetones. - Rick Dennis - Cowichan Valley Voice