Canada’s first lady of the blues harmonica, Tracy K, is on her way to Toronto’s 1200 seat Danforth Music Hall for an incredible – and sold out - night of music. Featuring both established and emerging artists from diverse backgrounds performing blues in a wide range of styles, the Women’s Blues Revue has helped to launch the careers of women like Amanda Marshall, Rita Chiarelli and Shirley Eikhard (who wrote Bonnie Raitt’s big hit “Something To Talk About”). The exciting event has also included unusual artists like Lee Aaron – who performs this year – and Carole Pope. The concert is being recorded for future broadcast on CBC Radio.
“I have been aware of and listening to the Annual Women's Blues Revue on CBC's Saturday Night Blues for some 10 to 15 years now,” said “Mojo Mama” Tracy K. “You can imagine the thrill [of becoming] a participant. It is an honour and a pleasure to be invited to perform alongside the most talented blues women in Canada and to experience an all female ensemble, which even includes a horn section. Having it recorded for future broadcast by the CBC is exciting. ”
Joining her this year are Aaron, Diana Braithwaite, Georgette Fry, Serena Ryder, Dawn Tyler Watson and Anne-Marie Woods. Hosted by CBC Radio’s Shelagh Roberts, the unique event houses a stunningly talented all-female band to support the vocalists taking the stage. Tracy K will be performing three songs and will be on harmonica duties with the core band for the rest of the evening.
Busy with pre-production for her second album – which is tentatively scheduled for released in Spring 2003 – Tracy K is primed and ready to follow up her successful 2000 debut Welcome To My Fantasy. She has just confirmed a gig in Minneapolis for the Women's Blues Festival this coming March as well as plans for a central Canadian tour.
“Blueswomen are a breed unlike any other,” she says, explaining her tireless dedication to her craft. “We are in a genre that is based on the love of performing, and the passion for blues music and its sources and off-shoots. The blues doesn’t lend itself to a lot of glamour and glitz or to a road paved with gold - only in certain few cases has this become a reality. We do it for the love and for posterity. It is just as important to us to keep the blues alive.”