Angela Strehli – Ace Of Blues (2022) [FLAC 24 bit, 96 kHz]

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Artist: Angela Strehli
Album: Ace Of Blues
Genre: Blues
Release Date: 2022
Audio Format:: FLAC (tracks) 24 bit, 96 kHz
Duration: 38:33
Total Tracks: 12
Total Size: 757 MB


1-1. Angela Strehli – Two Steps From The Blues (02:37)
1-2. Angela Strehli – Person To Person (02:27)
1-3. Angela Strehli – Ace Of Spades (02:36)
1-4. Angela Strehli – I Love The Life I Live (03:18)
1-5. Angela Strehli – You Never Can Tell (02:57)
1-6. Angela Strehli – Gambler’s Blues (04:53)
1-7. Angela Strehli – Howlin’ For My Darling (03:40)
1-8. Angela Strehli – Trying To Live My Life Without You (03:08)
1-9. Angela Strehli – Take Out Some Insurance (02:44)
1-10. Angela Strehli – More And More (03:10)
1-11. Angela Strehli – I Wouldn’t Mind Dying (02:29)
1-12. Angela Strehli – SRV (04:28)


Seventeen years after her last solo album, Angela Strehli set out to assemble a collection of “songs by the blues masters who inspired me to become a singer.” Strehli, a Lubbock, Texas native, helped establish the Austin, Texas, blues scene in the 1970s, working with Clifford Antone to build his eponymous club and label. It’s a gutsy proposition for a singer now into her seventies, but Strehli and her husband producer Bob Brown assembled a solid band at Laughing Tiger Studios in San Rafael, California, that includes lead guitarist Mike Schermer, 82-year-old pianist Johnny Allair and Austinite Mark “Kaz” Kazanoff on harmonica to deliver Ace of Blues, a rare exception in a world full of drowsy, repetitive blues records. While Strehli’s register may be a bit lower and gruffer than in her Austin glory days, you can still hear her passion. As Brown puts it, “My wife is as genuine and soulful a woman as you will meet … her voice tells it all.” Another strength are the arrangements which are kept snappy throughout. A joyous take of Chuck Berry’s “You Never Can Tell” swings hard. Jimmy Reed’s “Take Out Some Insurance” successfully nails his trademark steady guitar beat. Strehli shifts into upbeat R&B mode in a heartfelt take of Little Milton’s “More and More” where she stretches the singing. The obscure gospel nugget, “I Wouldn’t Mind Dying” by Dorothy Loves Coates gets a rousing rendition thanks to backing vocals by The Sons of the Soul Revivers. She’s most committed in her only original on the album, “SRV,” a tribute to her old friend, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan. Ace Of Blues manages the not inconsiderable feat of being a tribute to past influences with performances that are so vividly in the present. – Robert Baird

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