When Koko Taylor gets into her groove with "I'm a Woman" and lays it down: "I'm a woman/I'm a love maker/I'm a woman/You know I'm an earth-shaker"—well, she's everything listeners want in a blues singer.
Without question, one of last year's best live shows was Sade's Lovers Rock tour. For those who missed it, along comes Lovers Live, which delivers the goods in signature Sade style. Recorded during September stops in Anaheim and Englewood, Calif., Lovers Live features all the classics that fans have come to know and love. .
What's an artist to do when writing material for a sophomore album that will very likely be compared with the artist's critically acclaimed debut, one that earned two ARIAs (Australian Grammys)? Just ask Kasey Chambers, who has created a series of stirring, passionate songs that capture raw emotion and a simultaneous toughness amidst a blend of country, blues, and folk musical influences.