In just over a year, Karen Lovely has shot onto the blues scene like Stack O' Lee's pistol, capturing the 2nd Place Band Prize at the 2010 International Blues Challenge and picking up (2) Muddy Awards in 2009 for BEST NEW ACT & PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR. Backed by her stellar band, this singer delivers a blistering mix of contemporary & old school blues. Karen Lovely started singing the blues professionally in September 2007 and released her debut record "Lucky Girl" in November 2008. Since then, she & her band have delivered stand out performances that have brought awards, critical acclaim and standing ovations at venues such as the New Daisy & Orpheum Theatres (International Blues Challenge), Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, the Britt Festival, the Klamath Blues Festival and the Oregon Shakespeare Festival's Green Show. - karenlovely.com
The stunning debut recording, "Lucky Girl" (2008), is about to take the music loving world by storm. Playing through "Lucky Girl" is like listening to a history of blues, rhythm & blues and soul all wrapped into one knockout musical package. She covers the spectrum of excellence, from the opening bars of B.B. King's Tell Me Baby to the "gotta smile" handling of John Lee Hooker's Boom Boom into the soulful rendering of the Dennis Walker/ Alan Mirikitani collaboration, Too Little, Too Late. Along with these luminaries, Ms. Lovely also pays tribute to other icons of the genre including Big Mama Thornton, Willie Dixon and Betty James. - cduniverse.com
TRACKS: 01. Tell Me Baby 02. You Don"t Move Me 03. Unlucky Girl 04. Boom Boom 05. Too Little, Too Late 06. I"m A Little Mixed Up 07. Blues Is My Business 08. It"s Too Late 09. Rock Me 10. Boogie Some 11. Lucky Girl (Hoochie Coochie Woman)
Karen Lovely’s new release "Still the Rain" (2010) is a magnificent album that burns ever so slowly embodying a perfect balance of showcase, songwriting, and professional musicianship. Imagine a subtle Diane Schuur fronting a mid-period Ray Charles in a very intimate, very dark night club setting. Radio programmers will find that the up tempo "Cold Man Cold" is a nice entry to an album.
TRACKS: 01. Blues Ain't Far Behind 02. Sunny Weather 03. Still The Rain 04. That's Cold 05. Other Plans 06. Ask Your Heart 07. Full Time Job 08. Glad You're Gone 09. Never Felt No Blues 10. I've Had Enough 11. Older Fool 12. Knock Knock 13. So Willing
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