Mare Edstrom’s road to the blues has been long and interesting. While she is primarily classically trained, her formative years were spent playing piano and singing in local rock bands. Her first album, Learning How to Believe, was a combination of finely-crafted original songs and carefully selected cover songs by legends of the singer-songwriter school. She brought a truly new perspective to songs by the likes of Townes van Zandt, Eric Taylor, Greg Brown, and Janis Ian. This amazing work was quickly followed by a second release titled Inside the Blues. This release, a blues tribute, showcases works by Blind Willie McTell, T-Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie Johnson, as well as works by her admitted heroes Memphis Minnie and Little Esther. This highly acclaimed work has found its way onto major radio station playlists throughout Europe and the US. Inside the Blues has had extensive favorable reviews, including key reviews by Blues Revue magazine in the US and Crossroads magazine in France. Mare’s wide vocal range, energy, and vintage brand of roadhouse authenticity have been duly noted by critics again and again. This exciting new take on the blues is still receiving international attention and has established Mare as a major player in the blues style, often compared to the great ladies of the blues, past and present.
In March 2006, Mare’s much anticipated second blues effort, titled Shake ‘em on Down, was released. This release features some new band members as well as an interesting and exciting mix of early blues rarities. Songs by the likes of Scrapper Blackwell, Bukka White, and Bumble Bee Slim are dusted off and shined up for a new outing. This exciting new blues recording has once again been reviewed favorably worldwide, in Blues Revue (USA), Italian II Blues Magazine (Italy), Maverick Magazine (UK), and Rootstime (Denmark), as well as many others. This CD continues to receive praise, attention, and much airplay throughout the world blues scene.
"Inside The Blues" (2004):
01. Treat Me So Low Down 02. That’s Alright 03. Cherry Wine 04. Statesboro Blues 05. North Memphis Blues 06. Tried So Hard 07. The Thrill Is Gone 08. Can’t Be Satisfied 09. I Feel the Same 10. Spiderman Blues 11. Tell Me 12. Rolln’ and Tumblin’/Got Mud in My Soul 13. Stop Breakin’ Down Blues 14. In My Time of Dyin’ MULTIUPLOAD
"Shake 'em On Down" (2006):
01. Broke Down Engine 02. Shake 'em on Down 03. Rocks in My Bed 04. Oh Darlin' 05. Trouble Blues 06. When the Levee Breaks 07. You Don't Know My Mind 08. Pitch a Boggie Woogie 09. Piccolo Rag 10. Bring it Back Home 11. Sugar 12. Walkin' Blues 13. Sittin' on Top of the World MULTIUPLOAD
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