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BluesCaravan European Tour 2007 With Blues Guitar Women Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman & Roxanne Potvin

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12 January 2007 — Two years ago, Canadian blues artist Sue Foley put together a two-CD compilation for Ruf Records called “Blues Guitar Women”. The album featured over two dozen female artists playing both traditional and contemporary blues. The third edition of the popular BluesCaravan tour represents a logical next step: This carefully chosen trio of performers reflects the diversity and dedication of a growing generation of female blues players. Fresh from the studio, where they collaborated on a brand new CD with producer Kevin Bowe (Tommy Castro, Paul Westerberg), they now bring you the blues — live — in all its shades and colors.

As of today, 12th January, the tour starts 25th January in Soest, Germany and crisscrosses Europe through May.

About the artists (by Vincent Abbate):

Sue Foley

With ten studio albums to her credit, Sue Foley (CAN) is already a blues veteran. The Ottawa native began her recording career at the age of 24, storming the international scene with a string of successful releases on the Antone’s and Shanachie labels. On her most recent Ruf Records release, “New Used Car”, she showed off a mature blend of blues and rock originals. Inspired by artists like Earl Hooker and Memphis Minnie, Foley’s tasteful guitar playing goes deep. Her vocals ooze sensuality. Whether on a slow blues burner like “Absolution” or a tongue-in-cheek rocker like “Doggie Treats”, Foley chooses substance over flash to create music that gets under your skin.

Deborah Coleman

Deborah Coleman (USA) waited until her duties as a parent were fulfilled before devoting herself to music full-time in the mid-1990s. With her six albums, she’s earned 11 W.C. Handy Award nominations and a reputation as “one of blues music’s most exciting young talents” (USA Today). But the energy of her live performances is really her number one asset. Coleman rocks hard and never lets up. Taking her inspiration from blues guitar heroes like Buddy Guy and Albert King and from the rock groups she grew up listening to, she delivers tough, incendiary blues with a strong rhythmic foundation.

Roxanne Potvin

The new kid on the block is Roxanne Potvin (CAN) — an exciting new talent from the French-speaking province of Quebec. Potvin began playing guitar at 15 and released a self-produced collection of original songs in 2003. The buzz that CD created led to her breakout release The Way it Feels, produced by Grammy-winner Colin Linden and featuring the all-star support of Bruce Cockburn, John Hiatt and Daniel Lenois. “She’s a great singer and a really talented songwriter”, says Sue Foley, who sees a bright future for her fellow Canadian.

As in the past, this year’s BluesCaravan show offers an exciting evening of live music. Each artist performs a full set together with her band. The concert usually climaxes with all three featured artists doing a whole set together. With Sue Foley, Deborah Coleman and Roxanne Potvin joining forces, it promises to be an unforgettable night.

BluesCaravan Tour 2007: www.bluescaravan.de

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