Bonnie Raitt, Etta James, Koko Taylor. All three of these women are among the most famous names in the world of the blues. But how many audiences out there have ever heard of a female fronted four-piece known as The Blues Broads? This four-piece is made up of some of music’s greatest female names. The group is comprised of Mother Earth singer Tracy Nelson, Stoneground founding member Annie Sampson, Dorothy Morrison (of the Edward Hawkins Singers), and Angela Strehli. Strehli has sung with some of the blues most famed names such as: Muddy Waters, Albert King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The combination of these four women has led to what is one heck of a group. And now thanks to the group’s new live CD/DVD release, odds are that the name of The Blues Broads may become as well known as its members other projects, if not more so.
The Blues Broads’ live CD/DVD release was recorded at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley, California. This double disc set shows just how talented these women are. The CD and DVD set lists aren’t exactly the same. But that’s beside the point. Every song in this performance makes for a great time for any blues lover and music lover. There’s the up-tempo rocking cover of, ‘River Deep’, the easy going country/blues style of ‘Blue Highway’, and what has to be the absolute standout song from this performance in ‘Walk Away.’ This Stevie Ray Vaughan style song is classic twelve bar blues in every sense. And while it was performed in a nice club (as is seen in the DVD portion of the performance), this is one of those songs that immediately conjures images of a smoky, dimly lit bar.
The Broads are extremely talented singers. There is no doubt at all about that. The ladies’ backing musicians—Steve Ehrmann (bass), Paul Revelli (drums), Gary Vogensen (guitar), Mike Emerson (keyboards), and Deanna Bogart (keyboards, vocals, tenor sax)—add their own flair to each song. All together, they add so much to the song that helped make Dorothy Morrison famous in ‘Oh Happy Day.’ Gary Vogensen plays as well as Stevie Ray Vaughan on ‘Walk Away.’ There is so much more that could be said and written of what makes this such an enjoyable live recording. But audiences would do best to experience it for themselves. It hits store shelves next Tuesday, September 18th. While fans count down the days, they can check out all the latest from The Blues Broads online at http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Blues-Broads/223064757721593 and http://www.thebluesbroads.com. Fans can also check out more about The Blues Broads online at http://www.deltagrooveproductions.com.
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