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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Shell shocked

After two days of the Bessie Smith it's time to emphasize that there are a lot of wonderful female Blues singers. We all know woman like Koko Taylor and Etta James (please remind to post some stuff of her one day), and it is a joy to listen to them, but..... I get the most fulfilling feeling of finding someone new, someone you never heard before. And today I want to share this feeling with you. So I introduce.....Linda Shell.
Linda Shell has been a valued member of the Kansas City Blues/Soul scene for quite a few years now. As so many, she started her singing career in church, where she did solo's at the age of nine! Ever since then she wanted to be a singer. And so became one. Her career came to a stand the moment she had children, only to pick up again when her children were grown up. Her mother opened in 1984 a blues club in Kansas City where Chick Willis his band was going to be the house band for the next 6 years. Linda and her sister did backing vocals for Chick. But after a few years Linda started her own band, together with her husband.
On this album from 1997 Linda walks that thin, but interesting, line between blues and soul. There are some straight forward blues songs, but some wonderful soul on it as well. Listen to I'd rather go blind, the song we all know from , amongst others, Chicken Shack.
Just for the record Sherman Robertson plays the guitar on tracks 2, 4 and 11.

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  • Etta James puts all other versions of "I'd rather go blind" to shame. I am told that she, rather than Ellington Jordan, actually wrote the song. No matter, after hearing her version, there really is no other.

    Great blog...looking forward to hearing Ms Shell for the first have great taste in music.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 1:56 am  

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