Fiona Boyes: Howlin' at Your Door
Howlin' at Your Door
Fiona Boyes (electric guitar, vocals)
Blues Woman (Yellow Dog Records 1653)
Fiona Boyes (electric guitar, vocals),
Derek O’Brien (guitar), Jimi Bott (drums).
Composed by Fiona Boyes and Steve Clarke.
Recorded: Austin, Fall 2008
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
An aptly named artist! If there were ever a lady blues singer/guitarist ready to mix it up with the boys, it is this amazing gal from Australia. Hard to say which is more raw: her vocals or her electric guitar work. But put them together, and Boyes will prove that the raw can also cook. So much for Claude LÚvi-Strauss and his binary oppositions! Boyes brings in a number of well-known guest artists elsewhere on this CD (Pinetop Perkins, Marcia Ball, Watermelon Slim), but this track is just a pared-down trio. They really project their sound, however, despite their modest headcount, and remind me of Cream, Clapton's turbocharged electric blues-rock band from the 1960s. Boyes has been recording since the early 1990s and has picked up more than a few awards and accolades along the way, but she proves here what I've always suspected . . . that the great blues artists just get better with age.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia