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BARBARA LYNN

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Artist Biography by Steve Huey in allmusic :  Singer/guitarist Barbara Lynn was a rare commodity during her heyday. Not only was she a female instrumentalist (one of the very first to hit the charts), but she also played left-handed -- quite well at that -- and even wrote some of her own material. Lynn's music often straddled the line between blues and Southern R&B, and since much of her early work -- including the number one R&B hit "You'll Lose a Good Thing" -- was recorded in New Orleans, it bore the sonic imprint of the Crescent City. Lynn was born Barbara Lynn Ozen in Beaumont, TX, on January 16, 1942; she played the piano as a child before switching to guitar, inspired by Elvis Presley. In junior high, Lynn formed her own band, Bobbie Lynn and the Idols; at this point, her musical role models veered between bluesmen (Guitar Slim, Jimmy Reed) and female pop singers (Brenda Lee, Connie Francis). After winning a few talent shows and playing some teen dances…

LIZ MANDEVILLE

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2013 Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee, the award-winning singer/songwriter guitarist, record producer, Liz Mandeville’s 5th CD, CLarksdale traces the blues from its Delta origins to the electric sound of Chicago's hey day. This record salutes the Chess sound, featuring artists from that labels two top artists. Sax legend, Eddie Shaw, from Howlin Wolf's Band and Willie "Big Eye's Smith from Muddy Waters band, both contribute solid performances and their special mojo to Liz's 5th release, her first for the new Blue Kitty Music Label.
Liz continues to deliver excellence with her newly reconstituted Blue Points Band, a solid rhythm section that wraps itself around Liz's mature, versitile vocal to deliver you a one-two punch that hits straight in your soul. 
Liz's 4th CD, Red Top, flew up to the #3 spot spending 20 weeks in the top 20, on the Roots-time Radio Charts after its release last fall. A diminutive redhead, Liz came to Chicago to study theatre & d…

WILLIE HIGHTOWER

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Ace Records and SoulTrax Records are proud to announce the release of a brand new recording involving two of soul music’s most distinguished legends.
77 year-old singer Willie Hightower and 95 year-old producer Quinton Claunch have made a remarkable Southern Soul record – recorded in Muscle Shoals, soaking up the atmosphere of nearly 60 years of soul music. The band features Muscle Shoals legends Travis Wammack and Clayton Ivey.
Quinton Claunch produced James Carr’s Goldwax recordings in the 1960s, regarded by many as the epitome of Southern Soul. Quinton hasn’t lost his touch in picking material and overseeing this record by Willie Hightower.
Willie Hightower cut consistently great records from 1965 onwards, recording for Capitol, Mercury and Muscle Shoals’ own Fame Records and, in recent years, has been a stalwart of the live circuit. Two of his recordings feature on “The Fame Studios Story 1961-1973” box set (KENTBOX 12) and another on “Back To The River” (KENTBOX 18).
Available on CD …

NACHO LADISA AT HONKY TONK BLUES BAR FEAT. TOTA BLUES

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En la noche de ayer tuvimos la ocasión de ver en acción al músico argentino Nacho Ladisa que actualmente está de gira por Europa y Barcelona es una de sus paradas. Ladisa es un guitarrista y cantante de Blues dentro del estilo que podríamos considerar como clásico, donde ofrece versiones de grandes temas con especial predilección por Jimmy Rogers y Jimmy Reed según pudimos constatar en la actuación que ofreció en el Honky Tonk Blues Bar, entre clásico y clásico interpone temas de su propia creación basados siempre en temas que el mismo escoge , temas que le dan que pensar , los analiza, los estudia y los traspasa a su forma de hacer cambiando lógicamente la base , pero creando una estructura similar  a la pauta que le viene marcada por los creadores originales, así nos muestra  en castellano su música , sus letras y su propia visión. Acompañado por Tota Blues a la armónica , brillante , demostrando que donde se siente de verdad cómodo es precisamente manejando el pequeño instrumento a…