Canadian Margaret Elizabeth culled her alter ego Betty Moon from A Witches’ Bible, but don’t think that because her stage name is taken from an occult handbook that she’s flakey or fakey. To the contrary, Moon was a teen fashion model, is trained in ballet and dramatic performing arts and is also an alum of the jazz program at Humber College in Toronto. But the singer/rhythm guitarist has been rocking out for a while, and now she has relocated to Los Angeles to start, or more accurately continue, her Rollin’ Revolution.

Moon starts the album with “Captain Hi-Top,” a bluesy rocker that sounds like one of the jams that Grace Potter and the Nocturnals might knock out. “My Stupid Dream,” Rollin’ Revolution’s first single, is a bit heavier with slashes of buzzing guitar that aim the song at hard rock radio and video playlists, typically a boys’ club. As the album develops though, Moon’s primary influence becomes obvious; whether the songs are slices of slow, smoky seduction (“Drink Your Fears Away”), rocking, sex-charged thumpers (“Damagement”) or something in between, every song here echoes the classic rock of Heart. Fans of Ann and Nancy Wilson owe it to themselves to check out this album, and Moon’s younger listeners will hear in Rollin’ Revolution one of the best kinds of ’70s rock done extremely well. Betty Moon performs Jan. 28 at the Whisky A-Go-Go.

Grade: A



Rollin’ Revolution is currently available.