The latest edition of Jazzed and Blue: Profiles in Blues and Jazz will be available on Sunday, June 19, 2011 at 12pm (EST) exclusively at Rockwired.com. The two-hour show will be hosted by Rockwired founder Brian Lush and will be available for both streaming and download. Personally, I am truly excited to be getting this show off the ground!" confesses Lush Along with all of the excitement is a great deal of anxiousness as well. Jazz and Blues are nothing new to me but to build a show around these sounds is something else."
The latest edition of Jazzed and Blue will feature music and interviews from Blues legend Tracy Nelson, the vivacious Kellylee Evans and her riveting tribute to Nina Simone and the devilishly playful sound of sci-fi icon and Jane Badler.
Tracy Nelson has one of the signature voices of her generation. That natural gift has always guided Tracy Nelson's soul; indeed allowed her to both write and seek out the deeper songs regardless of niche or genre. A fierce singer of truth, a fountain of the deepest heartache, she is an ultimate communicator and has regularly destroyed audiences across decades of performing. She is one of the few female singers who has had hit records in both blues and country genres, performing with everyone from Muddy Waters to Willie Nelson to Marcia Ball and Irma Thomas, with Grammy® nominations for both her country and blues efforts. John Swenson, writing in Rolling Stone, asserted, Tracy Nelson proves that the human voice is the most expressive instrument in creation." With Victim of the Blues (Delta Groove), her 26th album in just over five decades, she has circled fully, back to the original music from South Side Chicago that mesmerized her teenaged mind in the mid-1960s.
It is always curious when a performer with serviceable songwriting chops decides to break with what they do best in order to do a cover album. Canadian chanteuse Kellylee Evans is a formidable talent whose story was one Rockwired was a witness to from the very beginning. In 2006 she released her self-penned debut CD Fight Or Flight and the process of making it was truly a baptism by fire. EVANS learned the craft of songwriting as she went and financed the entire project with a line of credit that she hopes to pay back one day. Evans is now three years into a career marked by exceptional live performance and critical acclaim. For her third release, she puts the pen down and focuses her attention on a most fascinating subjectthe High Priestess of Soul NINA SIMONE. Avoiding the trap of note-for-note reinterpretation, Evans sets Simone's catalog on fire with spirited rearrangements that pay homage to that oh-so misunderstood legend while reminding listeners that Kellylee Evans is just as genuine in voice as she is in craft.
Jane Badler first graced Rockwired with her presence in 2008 with her debut album 'The Devil has My Double.' In 2010 she returned with her latest release 'Tears Again' and became Rockwired.Com's first ever Artist of the Month. Jane Badler will no doubt go down in television history for providing the medium with one of its most bizarre momentsthe swallowing of a whole guinea pig. As DIANAthe leader of an alien regime that has taken over the world with the aim of harvesting its human inhabitants for foodBadler created one of Sci-Fi's most memorable villians in the mini-series V. Years after the cancellation of V: The Series, Jane stayed afloat with numerous television roles (Falcon Crest, The New Mission Impossible) before setting her sights on marriage and life down under (she's even got an accent now!). When I first became acquainted with Jane Badler, it was 2008 and she had just released her debut CD The Devil has My Double with the help of the Australian cult band SIR (fronted by Jesse Jackson Shepherd). Two years later, Janeand SIR are back with Tears Againa spunky, delectable romp through that disaster area that we call romantic relationships. BADLER's forked tongue is permanently planted in cheek with such playful gems as Wrong People and Four Corners.
To listen to the premiere edition of Jazzed and Blue: Profiles in Blues and Jazz featuring Diane Schuur, Veronneau and Randell K., go to the link provided below.