ZORA YOUNG - The French Connection (2009) thumbup

Despite the prominent presence of celebrated blues artist Howlin' Wolf in her family tree, singer Zora Young grew up singing not blues, but gospel. Even when the Mississippi native shook off her roots at the age of seven to relocate with her family to Chicago, she attended the Greater Harvest Baptist Church and continued to sing gospel. It wasn't until later that she switched over to R&B, and evolved into a powerhouse blues vocalist with three decades of experience behind her. She has performed with a long list of artists, including Junior Wells, Jimmy Dawkins, Bobby Rush, Buddy Guy, Professor Eddie Lusk, Albert King, and B.B. King. Her recording credits include collaborations with Willie Dixon, Sunnyland Slim, Mississippi Heat, Paul DeLay, and Maurice John Vaughn, among others.

The love affair between Europe and the blues began in the early 50s with the arrival of Big Bill Broonzy who performed in Limoges, France, where most of the musicians on this album come from and where it was recorded. Zora first performed in Europe in 1981 and has followed with more than 20 tours in France making her the Chicago blueswoman record-holder! Inspired by Zora's and Bobby Dirninger's recording of "Two Trains Running" on her previous Delmark album ("Tore Up From the Floor Up"), producer Chris Dussuchaud sested a half-electric / half-acoustic album. "The French Connection" is Zora's awesome renditions of not only Chicago blues, but also gospel, jazz, deep Mississippi blues and country music... in her own, very special way. - amazon.com

01. Better Be Ready 02. Goin' Back to Memphis 03. Wang Dang Doodle 04. I'm in Love with You 05. Honey Bee 06. Tonight I'll Be Staying Here with You 07. Just a Closer Walk with Thee 08. See See Rider 09. In the Ghetto 10. Mystery Train 11. I'm Movin' On 12. Toxic 13. Goin' Back to Memphis (Version 2) 14. Rock Me Baby


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