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Blues Guitar Women

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Can't Quit the Blues - Lara Price Band/Laura Chavez
    2. Takin' It All to Vegas - Debbie Davies
    3. Man Is So Good, The - Alice Stuart
    4. Mediterranean Breakfast - Sue Foley
    5. River Wild, The - Deborah Coleman
    6. Living on the Road - Joanna Connor
    7. Navajo Moon - Ana Popovic
    8. Judgement Day Blues - Carolyn Wonderland
    9. Lonely Lonely Nights - Eve Monsees
    10. It's a Blessing - Maria Muldaur/Bonnie Raitt
    11. Dreamland Blues - Erja Lyytinen
    12. Lynn's Blues - Barbara Lynn
    13. Goin' Down - Tracy Conover
    14. Baghdad Blues - Beverly "Guitar" Watkins
    15. Woke up This Mornin' - Ruthie Foster
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Fool Me Good - Precious Bryant
    2. Going Down This Road - Algia Mae Hinton
    3. Fixin' to Die - Rory Block
    4. Doggie Treats - Sue Foley
    5. Dead End Street - Ellen McIlwaine
    6. Rather Be the Devil - Alice Stuart
    7. Streamline - Jessie Mae Hemphill
    8. Nothing's Changed - Gaye Adegbalola/Rory Block
    9. One-Dime Blues - Etta Baker
    10. Ain't Nothing in Ramblin' - Jo Ann Kelly
    11. Down the Big Road Blues - Mattie Delaney
    12. Motherless Child Blues - Elvie Thomas
    13. Skinny Legs Blues - Geeshie Wiley
    14. In My Girlish Days - Memphis Minnie
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1110

  • Credits

    These two discs reflect, in their way, the incredibly rich, varied lineage of women in the blues. And of course, given the title, we're not talking about singers -- though many of these women do sing. With liner notes by Sue Foley, who compiled the set, this collection reaches backward and forward to mirror back to the culture the wild, wooly underside of the blues via its female six-string slingers. There are relative newcomers like Laura Chavez (who plays with Lara Price), Finland's Erja Lyytinen, and Austin's Eve Monses; seasoned veterans like Alice Stuart, Foley, Debbie Davies, Jesse Mae Hemphill, Joann Kelly, Rory Block, Bonnie Raitt with Maria Muldaur, Ellen McIlwaine, the scorching Joanna Connor, Barbara Lynn; and the legendary Memphis Minnie, Etta Baker, Algia Mae Hinton, and Precious Bryant, just to name a few. From originals to blues standards, there's something for everyone here. What's most surprising is how little known so many of these fine performers are, and the way the heritage gets passed down, guitar to guitar for over 70 years. This is one for the shelf, folks. ~ Thom Jurek

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (p.74) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Foley has assembled an impressive group....[With] genuine New Orleans music hero Barbara Lynn and the Delta's incomparable Jessie Mae Hemphill..."
    Dirty Linen (p.48) - "[The women] bring a new perspective to standard songs. Of course, what's most impressive is their ability to reinvent the blues through new material and guitar playing, too."
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