Blues Woman

Blues Woman

by Fiona BoyesFiona Boyes


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A lot of interesting things have been written about Fiona Boyes, but one of the most attention-grabbing came from Midwest Record Recap -- which said that the Australian singer/guitarist "sounds like Bonnie Raitt's evil twin." While that comment was amusing, it was also insightful; Boyes does, in fact, have a strong Raitt influence (with elements of Marcia Ball and Rory Block), but her approach is noticeably darker, swampier, and more mysterious than Raitt's. Boyes is clearly her own person, and one of the great things about Blues Woman is the fact that she is so hard to pin down stylistically. The Aussie is blues-oriented -- that much is clear -- but during the course of this album, she embraces everything from electric Chicago blues on the Howlin' Wolf-influenced "Howlin' at Your Door" to early R&B (of the late-'40s/early-'50s variety) on "Do You Feel Better?" to blues-soul on "Train to Hopesville" and "Waiting for Some Good News." Although Boyes plays electric guitar on many of the tracks, she is also an excellent acoustic guitarist -- and her mastery of the acoustic guitar is evident on the Mississippi Delta blues-minded "Place of Milk and Honey." Texas blues is also part of the equation on this 2008 recording; so are Louisiana and Memphis blues. And through it all, Boyes never fails to be recognizable. For Boyes, having a blues orientation doesn't mean being a blues purist; she isn't someone who believes that everything on a blues-oriented album must adhere to a traditional 12-bar format or that blues artists must refrain from having rock or soul influences. But everything on Blues Woman boasts a wealth of blues feeling, and Boyes' love of variety yields consistently excellent results throughout this gem of an album.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/05/2009
Label: Yellow Dog Records
UPC: 0823800165324
catalogNumber: 21653
Rank: 117472

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Fiona Boyes   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Slide Guitar,Guitar (Resonator),Stomp Box,Guitar (Tremolo)
Marcia Ball   Piano,Guest Appearance
Jimi Bott   Percussion,Bongos,Drums,Washboard,Trash Cans
Nick Connolly   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hammond B3
Ronnie James   Electric Bass,Upright Bass
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Harmonica,Percussion,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Derek O'Brien   Guitar
Pinetop Perkins   Piano,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Gomez   Trumpet
Kaz Kazanoff   Harmonica,Percussion,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Congregation   Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Watermelon Slim   Dobro,Guitar,Harmonica,Vocals,Guest Appearance

Technical Credits

J.B. Lenoir   Composer
Mark "Kaz" Kazanoff   Arranger,Producer,Audio Production
Stuart Sullivan   Engineer
Chris Wilson   Composer
Kaz Kazanoff   Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Steve Clarke   Composer
Brooke Barnett   Graphic Design
Fiona Boyes   Composer

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