Whiskey glasses clink in a darkened, smoke-filled room. She struts across the stage to the microphone. In a flash the stage is flooded with white hot light as the band kicks into a driving blues beat.
Her voice is a cocktail of whiskey and honey. Lou Ann Barton has fronted Stevie Ray Vaughan and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, Room Full Of Blues, The Five Careless Lovers, and Lou Ann and The Fliptops. Following in the footsteps of a long line of great women blues artists, Lou Ann Barton is one of the few female artists performing pure, raw roadhouse blues nowadays. Marcia Ball and Angela Strehli are the only others that come to mind. To truly appreciate the power they have over an audience, you need to see any of these women belt out a song live.
Friday night, kids, and I plan on steppin' out.
Ya'll have a good weekend.