Candye Kane "Sister
On her 2011 release, Sister Vagabond, Candye Kane once again
delivers her heart on a platter. Kane presents a more mature and swinging
collection of scorching blues and soul originals, searing with the young
Laura Chavez's impressive guitar work. Kane takes us on a journey thru
love, heartbreak, rejection and personal empowerment, colored in swampy
and soulful earth tones that bring a new twist to old favorites (Brenda
Lee's Sweet Nothings) and explore spookier and darker territory
(Walkin' Talkin' Haunted House). Laura's guitar work stands out on these performances
demonstrating maturity beyond her years. Kane and Chavez are a powerhouse
duo to reckon with, exhibiting feminist strength and power in bucketfuls.
Move over all you mannish boys....
1. I Love To Love You 3:35
3. Sweet Nothin's 4:04
4. Walkin', Talkin' Haunted
5. You Never Cross My Mind 3:54
6. Everybody's Gonna Love
Somebody Tonight 4:24
7. You Can't Take It Back From Here 4:01
Side Dish 2:47
9. You Can't Hurt Me Anymore 2:46
10. Hard Knock Gal
11. Have A Nice Day 3:51
12. Down With The Blues 3:16
About Canyde Kane
Candye Kane has been called a survivor, a superhero and
the toughest girl alive. (All are also titles of her self-penned songs.)
They are apt descriptions of the jump blues singer, songwriter and mother
of two from East Los Angeles who has earned this moniker the hard way.
Nominated for five National Blues Foundation Awards (Best
Contemporary Blues Female 2011) winner of ten San Diego Music Awards,
starring in a sold out stage play about her life and beating down
pancreatic cancer in the last two years, Kane is one tough cookie. She has
performed worldwide for presidents and movie stars but her path to success
was not always glamorous or easy.
Raised in a dysfunctional, blue-collar family, Candye
became a teenage mother, a pin up cover girl and a punk rock, hillbilly
and blues-belting anarchist by the time she was just 21 years old. Ten
cds, six record labels, millions of international road miles and countless
awards later, Miss Kane has proven to be a true survivor as she scrambled
her way to the top of the roots music heap, creating a world renowned
reputation that has spanned two decades.
A colorful mixture of the
traditional and the eclectic, Kane cut her musical teeth in the early 80’s
onstage with Hollywood musicians and friends, Social Distortion, Dwight
Yoakum, Dave Alvin, The Blasters, X, Fear and Los Lobos, to name just a
few. While raising two sons, this role model for the disenfranchised,
championed large sized women, fought for the equal rights of sex workers
and the GLBT community and inspired music lovers everywhere. Her fans are
a mixture of true outsiders: bikers, blues fans, punk rockers, drag
queens, fat girls, queers, burlesque dancers, porn fans, sex workers,
rockabilly and swing dancers, grey haired hippies, sex positive feminists
and everyday folk of all ages, flock to see Candye and hear her musical
messages of love, hope and empowerment.
Her full time, 250 days a
year touring schedule started in 1992 and today, Kanes’ live shows are the
stuff of legend. She honors the bold blues women of the past with both
feet firmly planted in the present. She belts - growls - shouts - croons
and moans from a lifetime of suffering and overcoming obstacles. She uses
music as therapy and often writes and chooses material with positive
affirmations that leave the audience feeling healed and exhilarated. A
show that is part humor, revival meeting and sexuality celebration, she'll
deliver a barrelhouse-tongue-in-cheek blues tune or a gospel ballad like
Jesus and Mohammed, encouraging audiences to leave behind religious
intolerance. She’ll slay the crowd with her balls out rendition of Whole
Lotta Love or glorify the virtues of zaftig women with 200 pounds of fun.
She often says she is a "fat black drag queen trapped in a white woman's
body" and she dresses the part. Bedecked in bright colored feathers,
sequins and rhinestones, Kane's performance is Mississippi by way of Las
Vegas with a quick stopover in San Francisco.
Kane’s eleventh CD
release, Sister Vagabond will hit the streets on August 16, 2011
for the Delta Groove Label. Produced by Candye and her amazing guitarist
Laura Chavez, Sister Vagabond promises to be as exciting as their last
collaboration, Superhero, nominated for Best Contemporary Blues CD of the
year. Audiences love seeing two curvy gals onstage together and Candye and
Laura deliver the goods. With scorching, yet understated guitar work and
empowering, healing and sometimes funny lyrics, Kane and Chavez are the
feminist fireballs of the future.
Candye has been included in
countless Blues and Jazz Anthologies including the Rolling Stone and
Musichounds Guide to Jazz and Blues and Dan Akroyds’ 30 Essential Women of
the Blues. In addition to her music successes, she is an activist and
philanthropist. In August 2009, she appeared in Dublin, Ireland for the
World Congress for Downs Syndrome with her United by Music charity. This project provides
performance opportunities, blues history lessons and songwriting
instruction to young people with disabilities, encouraging them to write
their own blues songs to help them overcome their daily challenges.
A fighter par excellence, Candye’s authenticity, determination and
optimism keep her shows passionate, honest and irresistible. One evening
with Candye will keep the crowds happy, hopeful and coming back for more!