Koko Taylor

(USA)  Blues

Chicago's Queen of the Blues has brought her music to the world over a 40-year career. From the time Willie Dixon recognized her as one of the greatest blues singers in the '60s, she has gone on to received almost every award the blues world has to offer, including 19 W.C. Handy Awards and a Grammy. She has appeared in the films Wild At Heart, Mercury Rising and Blues Brothers 2000. Hers is raucous, gritty, good-time blues belted out in a gravel voice with ferocious intensity.

"Blues is my life," says Koko Taylor, Chicago's - and the world's - undisputed Queen of the Blues. "It's a true feeling that comes from the heart, not something that just comes out of my mouth. Blues is what I love, and blues is what I always do." Indeed, on her first album in seven years, the aptly titled Royal Blue (AL 4873), Grammy Award-winner Koko Taylor once again shows the world what she does so well. From foot-stomping barnburners to powerful slow blues, Koko proves in an instant that her blues are joyous and life affirming. "My blues isn't designed for people to look down, but for people to get up and dance," says Koko. People magazine described Koko's blues as "foot-stomping music that's rough, raw and wonderfully upbeat."

From the Alligator Records Website

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