Teeny Tucker Trying To Keep the Blues Alive
Keep the Blues Alive melds both her blues and soul music influences, and ably showcases her gospel roots, too, as evidenced in songs such as "I Wish We Could Go Back" and "Hush/Keep the Blues Alive." Many of the songs are autobiographical, as one listen to "Make Room for Teeny" and "Daughter to the Blues" will attest; and on "John Cephas," she plays special tribute to the late gospel and blues man of the song's title, whose Piedmont style continues to influence countless musicians. On that tune, as well as the album's closer, "Respect Me and the Blues," Teeny shows that she can get "down-home" with the best of the country blues artists.
A native of Dayton, Ohio, Teeny began singing originally in her church choir and by 1994 had appeared on the stage of the legendary Apollo Theatre in New York City, where she won over the crowd with her powerful voice, earning standing ovation from the notoriously "tough" audience. During that time, she also began writing poetry and grew up performing major roles in local theatre.
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