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Album Review

Singer/songwriter Angela Strehli has been a fixture on the Austin blues scene for decades now, but as her first studio album in seven years demonstrates, her range extends beyond the blues and well into country, soul, and roots rock. At 60 years old, her voice is strong and slightly gritty around the edges, and her delivery is powerful and authoritative. She manages to take material like the Ann Peebles classic "Slipped, Tripped and Fell in Love" and Ernie K-Doe's "Hello My Lover" and make it all her own (though she has help on the latter from singer Paul Thorn), and her originals are mostly quite good as well. (Her tribute to the late Stevie Ray Vaughan, titled "SRV," is sweet but maybe just a bit on the overly sentimental side.) Fellow blueswomen Marcia Ball and Maria Muldaur join her on the rollicking title song. But the album's finest moment comes at the very end; the last track is a live version of the old blues song "C.O.D.," performed by Strehli with Vaughan and his band, Double Trouble, at Carnegie Hall in 1985. The combination of her powerful voice and his blockbusting guitar is amazing. Recommended.

Customer Reviews

Awesome CD from an awesome lady of the blues!

Great music by someone who has been a fixture at Antones in Austin. The first song, Austin's Home of the Blues is a dedication to Clifford Antone who is singularily repsonsible for bringing the Blues to Austin and for helping to get the blues out to the world. Stevie Ray Vaughn started their and the Thunderbirds were the house band for 2 years. Check out the DVD: "Antone's The Home of the Blues" to see and listen to the great Blues players from the past and present!

Good Album

C.O.D. Live with Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble at Carnegie Hall. Best song on the entire album. Stevie's guitar work is so intense, coupled with Angela's bluesy voice creates a perfect balance of vocals and guitar. The rest of the album is fairly good. Maybe I'm biased because I love Stevie Ray Vaughan, but Angela's song called SRV is a little over the top because it seems to be lacking the normal fundamentals of blues music, good lyrics, but not really signature Strehli. Another great song called SRV that you guys should check out, is Eric Johnson's song he wrote for the late great srv. RIP Stevie. If you're just starting off with blues music, hold off on this album for a little bit, then it'll click.

Good to hear Angela again.

Oh the memories of Antones with Angela and Lou Ann clowning around. The revolving turnstile of great blues musicians sitting in with whoever happened to be playing that night. There is no way to describe how good it was, as only those of us lucky enough to experience those wonderful nights at Antones can attest to. God love you Angela.

Biography

Born: November 22, 1945 in Lubbock, TX

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '80s, '90s

Don't let her lack of albums fool you: vocalist Angela Strehli is an immensely gifted singer and songwriter, a Texas blues historian, impresario and fan. Born November 22, 1945 in Lubbock, Texas, Strehli comes out of the same school of hippie folksingers that gave rise to some of Americana...
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