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Sister Vagabond (feat. Laura Chavez)

Candye Kane

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Album Review

Los Angeles native Candye Kane is the 21st century version of Bessie Smith, singing a tough, smart, sassy, and showbiz-savvy blend of blues and soul that takes no prisoners of any persuasion. Kane has been a lot of things in her life, from a mother and serious student to a pinup girl and actress (both on-stage and in risqué [to say the least] movies), and she even did a stint as a serious, full-tilt punk rocker. She’d be just another fringe player in L.A. except for one thing — she can sing like nobody’s business and she has a sexy, intelligent, and passionate musical vision to match her voice. On Sister Vagabond, her tenth album, Kane has really put it all together for her finest studio outing yet, mixing blues, torch soul, and funky swing numbers together into a smart and brassy whole, helped immeasurably by the brilliant guitar playing of longtime cohort Laura Chavez. The album, which opens with a fiery version of Johnny "Guitar" Watson's “I Love to Love You,” never lags or lulls, and Kane sings her heart out on song after song, sometimes with a wink, sometimes with a sexy bravado, and sometimes with an indignant sense of injustice. She turns Brenda Lee's “Sweet Nothin’s” into a brilliant, leering piece of Excello Records swamp pop that rides on Chavez's reverb-drenched guitar lines, and together, they completely reinvent the song. Kane transforms Glenn Frey and Jack Tempchin's “Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody Tonight” into a blues stomper that replaces sad irony with passionate certainty, and on one of the nine originals that she wrote or co-wrote for the album, “You Can’t Take It Back from Here,” Kane manages to link Louis Armstrong, Storyville, dolphins, and the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill into a coherent, anguished rant that shows her considerable songwriting abilities. Kane may have a personal bio that suggests she’s a campy airhead, but nothing could be further from the truth. She’s an empowered, intelligent woman with a clear idea of what she’s doing, what era she’s in, and what her politics are, and best of all, she knows how to sing the blues in all of its flavors, and she sings like she’s been there and done that and isn’t afraid of what the end of the night brings. Candye Kane is the real deal, stripper name or not, and this is her best album to date.

Customer Reviews

Candye Kane and Laura Chavez tear up the blues

Kane’s first album after beating pancreatic cancer, 2009’s Superhero, was righly built on themes from the fight. This follow-up release extends the recovery, but more by doubling-down on the blues belting career she had before, than by living some sort of hyperaware second chapter. There’s a pleasure in her singing that’s perhaps a step more ferocious than before, expressing George Herbert’s notion that living well is the best revenge, or in this case, the greatest triumph. But the scars she carries – a problematic childhood, early motherhood, less-than-savory jobs and cancer recovery – are those of a winner, the marks carried by anyone who’s lived enough life to really sing the blues. Kane’s nine new original songs are matters of the heart, mostly roughed-up and broken, occasionally recovered. The four covers include a sweet and sexy take on Johnny “Guitar” Watson’s “I Love to Love You” and a moody version of “Sweet Nothin’s” that adds Wanda Jackson’s scorching sass to Brenda Lee’s original precociousness. Laura Chavez’s guitar is given equal voice to Kane’s vocals, motivating the songs with twangy rhythm playing and stinging riffs, and James Harman guests on harmonica for Jack Tempshin and Glen Frey’s previously unrecorded “Everybody’s Gonna Love Somebody Tonight.” Take these tunes for a spin on Whittier, Tweedy or Bellflower, and enjoy the punchy mixes as they roar from the rear speaker of your ’62 Impala. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]

They do it again!

Wow, both of them are loaded with talent! It's great to hear Laura playing great while Candye's soulful voice backs her up. Love both of them. Hope they come back to SJ soon!

this is the best cd candye kane has made

She sings with so much soul and conviction here. Its like almost dying gave her a new lease on life. There are darker songs "haunted house" and "down with the blues" and there are still the fun upbeat swing tunes she is known for -- "side dish" and "i deserve love." she does a killer remake of sweet nothings by brenda lee and a great version of Johnny Guitar Watsons Love to Love You; Her guitarist Laura Chavez sounds like a million bucks. If you only buy one Candye Kane cd, buy this one!

Biography

Born: November 13, 1965 in Ventura, CA

Genre: Blues

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Los Angeles native Candye Kane sings a sassy and showbiz-savvy blend of blues and soul that takes no prisoners of any persuasion. Kane has been a lot of things in her life, from a mother and serious student to a pinup girl and actress (both on-stage and in risqué movies), and she even did a stint as a serious, full-tilt punk rocker. She'd be just another fringe player in L.A. except for two things...
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