Anyone who says the blues are dead is clueless. There are so many new blues CDs being released, heads are spinning. So many that this writer can’t even listen to them all. That’s a good problem to have. Some music is sent on CD, others provide links to listen or download tunes. For instance some cat named John in Houston sends emails every now and then promoting artists in the Houston area. This morning there was an email with info on the release of a new disc by Trudy Lynn. The CD is titled “Everything Comes With a Price”.
This writer has heard the name, but was not familiar with her work at all. Listening to the downloadable songs, a Koko Taylor feel to the music was discovered. Before getting half way through the album, it was already determined that the harp, guitar and piano were as good as the vocals.
Trudy has top notch musicians on this recording. On harmonica is Steve Krase, who also produced the project. Steve has performed with Lynn for over 20 years. Randy Wall tickles the ivories with the best of them. On guitar is James Henry, The Mighty Orq and Paul Senegal. Louisiana based Senegal is best known for his work with zydeco/blues legend Clifton Chenier.
Speaking of Koko Taylor, Lynn was nominated for the Blues Music Awards – Koko Taylor Award for best female vocalist in 2014 and 2015. Having listened to this CD now, Lynn should have won the award at least once.
“Everything Comes With a Price” is a follow up to her fine 2013 recording “Royal Oak Blues Café”. It was recorded in her hometown of Houston. It is currently at number 9 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart. Lynn joins music giants such as Gregg Allman, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr. and Buddy Guy in the top ten. “Royal Oak Blues Café” reached number 1 on the Billboard Blues Album Chart in September of 2014.
The opening song “I’m Gonna Latch On” starts out with a solid electric blues sound that would satisfy any traditional blues fan. The next gem is “My Alley Boogie” which features Randy Wall’s piano and a nice harp solo by Steve Krase. “Just a Little Kiss” and “I Let My Daddy Do That” keep the groove moving with great guitar, piano and harp sounds that continue throughout the disc. There are also slower heartfelt numbers where Trudy’s vocals shine brightly, like “Ella Johnson’s Blues”.
Born Lee Audrey Nelms, Trudy has been in the music business for over 50 years. Her first singing experience was with the late great guitarist Albert Collins. She has also worked with Carl Weathersby, Bernard Allison and Lucky Peterson. She has appeared at festivals that include the Chicago Blues Festival, San Francisco Blues Festival, and Notodden Blues Festival and in 2014 she headlined the Lucerne Blues Festival in Switzerland.
It’s not too late to discover Trudy Lynn. Start out with her most current release and go from there. There aren’t too many women who can match Koko Taylor. Koko set the bar high for others to try to match. Trudy is doing a pretty good job of it.