Candye Kane (Sawtelle Room)
Seven time National Blues Awards Nominee Candye Kane has been called a survivor, a superhero and the toughest girl alive. A Los Angeles native, she is the 21st century version of Bessie Smith, singing a tough, smart, sassy and showbiz-savvy blend of blues and soul that takes no prisoners of any persuasion. Kane has been a lot of things in her life, from a mother and serious student to a pinup girl and actress (both on-stage and in risqué, to say the least, movies). She’d be just another fringe player in L.A. except for one thing - she can sing like nobody’s business and she has a sexy, intelligent and passionate musical vision to match her voice.
On "Sister Vagabond," her tenth album, Kane has really put it all together for her finest studio outing yet, mixing blues, torch soul and funky swing numbers together into a smart and brassy whole; helped immeasurably by the brilliant guitar playing of longtime cohort Laura Chavez. The album, which was released on August 16, 2011 on Delta Groove Records and was #1 on the Living Blues Charts and on Sirius/XM Radio for two months, opens up with a fiery version of Johnny "Guitar" Watson's “I Love to Love You,” and it never stops til you reach the end. Kane sings her heart out on song after song, sometimes with a wink, sometimes with a sexy bravado, and sometimes with an indignant sense of injustice. She was nominated for the BB King Entertainer of the Year Award and Best Contemporary Blues Female for 2012.
Candye Kane is an empowered, intelligent woman with a clear idea of what she’s doing, what era she’s in, and what her politics are, and best of all, she knows how to sing the blues in all of its flavors, and she sings 'em like she’s been there and done that and isn’t afraid of what the end of the night brings.
Candye's new CD "Coming Out Swingin'" is available now and you can download the title track for free HERE