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Sell My Jewelry

by Barbara Blue

Memphis Red Hot Rythmn & Blues..... Soul To The Bone.... The reining Queen of Beale Street.
Genre: Blues: Rhythm & Blues
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1. Trouble With A Capital T
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2. Back By Popular Demand
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3. Tool Box Blues
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4. Don't Lead Me On
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5. Road Blues
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6. Can't Get Your Lovin' Off My Mind
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7. Sell My Jewelry
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8. From The Delta To The Golden Gates
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9. Cheatin' Blues
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10. Drunken Angel
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11. Brought Together By The Blues
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Sell My Jewelry


It is a one of a kind, true blue diamond of soul. Barbara had the great fortune to go to Los Angeles and record with Taj Mahal's world renowned PHANTOM BLUES BAND. Much Love went into this recording from a Grammy Award winning team.


Bon Appitite! You're gonna like it.


Produced by Tony Braunagel
Engineered by John Porter and Johnny Lee Schell
Mixed by Johnny Lee Schell
Mastered by L. Nix & Co., Inc./Inside Ardent Studios/Memphis TN
Recorded at Ultratone Studio - Studio City, California
Lead Vocals: Barbara Blue
Bass: Larry Fulcher
Keyboards: Mike Finnigan
Guitars: Johnny Lee Schell
Drums and Percussion: Tony Braunagel
Texicali Horns: Joe Sublett, tenor sax and Darrell Leonard, trumpet
Background vocals: Teresa James, and Tamara Champlin on tracks 1,2, and 7 Johnny Lee Schell on tracks 3, and 10
Special guest appearance by John "JUKE" Logan on Harmonica.


Co-producer: Barbara Blue


Executive Producers:

Barbara Blue
Stephen Day
Elayne Campos
Norman H. Greshman


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Blues Wax

Throw in a great band and a couple of good guests to accompany the power of Barb
January 2004



Sell My Jewelry, (08/27/03)



Barbara Blue is a fixture of the Memphis Blues scene and performs many nights of the week on historic Beale Street. When you are there you owe it to yourself to check out this classic rockin Blues belter. Until then you can check out her second CD, Sell My Jewelry. It’s been out awhile, but it is worth your time, if only for the great backing by Taj Mahal’s backup band, The Phantom Blues Band.

Blue sets the pace for this album with the opening cut, EG Kight’s and Richard Fleming’s “Trouble With A Capital ‘Ti” Blue sings a bit like Kight, but is more on the dirty side of Blues Street. ,.Joe Sublett of the Texicali Horns offers a tasty solo and the background vocals fill in great. From the outset this album is well produced and the band is tight. This is followed up by a little bit jazzier take on the Jodie Seigel/Tony Bra unagel (who also produced the album and played drums) song, “Back By Popular Demand”.

A couple of songs later Blue gets down and dirty on the slow Blues “Don’t Lead Me On.” The Texicali Horns do a good job of building the chorus up and letting Blues’ voice pick it up in the wake. On the fifth track Blue is back to wailing on her own song, “Road Blues,” but this time with the accompaniment of John “Juke” Logan on harp who really squeezes out the treble end. This is the kind of roaring song that Blue can really get a hold on in a Janis Joplin sort of way. In fact Joplin is one of the most obvious references one falls back on when listening to Blue, and Memphis Minnie, but in a different sort of way. Another good song is the Blue/Finnigan/Braunagel written title cut, “Sell My Jewelry,” which swings with some fine honky-tonk piano from Mike Finnigan.

There is also a fine slow slidin’ Blues tribute to John Lee Hooker, “From The Delta To The Golden Gate.” There is some funky Blues on “Cheatin’ Blues;” a nice cover of Honey and Rod Piazza’s “Brought Together By The Blues;” and, a cool slow acoustic Blues version, complete with some more of Juke Logan on harp, of Janis Joplin’s “Turtle Blues.” The latter, along with the opener and fine version of Lucinda Williams’ “Drunken Angel” alone make this album worth a listen. Throw in a great band and a couple of good guests to Throw in a great band and a couple of good guests to accompany the power of Barbara Blue’s big, wonderfully deep voice and you have a fine album. This reviewer looks forward to hearing more from this fine artist. Until then there’s always Beale Street. This reviewer looks forward to hearing more from this fine artist. Until then there’s always Beale Street.

Michael Flynn is a contributing writer at Blues Wax.

Kansas City Blues Society

instantly when I heard the unmistakable wail of Mike Finnegan's B-3, and I knew
August 2002





I tossed this disc in the player like I do so many and headed up the stairs on a mission to clean house. I try to listen to the music I am about to review without 'knowing anything" that might skew my perceptions of what I'm about to hear. That way, I decide if it kicks ass or not based on what I hear. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. My ears perked up instantly when I heard the unmistakable wail of Mike Finnegan's B-3, and I knew this one was something special. Within 10 seconds, I was down the stairs with the case in my hand, and the hell with cleaning the top floor. I went to www.barbarablue.com instead and checked this babe out! It turns out that Barbara Blue is the current reigning Queen of Memphis, performing nightly on historic Beale Street. To record this album, she borrowed the entire Phantom Blues Band from the man himself, Taj Mahal. Besides that, she's the best-kept secret on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. By the middle of the disc, she had a very enthusiastic new fan. Twelve tracks in length, the recording is about evenly split between original material and covers. Versatility is definitely a long suit. Whether she is wailing like Sippie Wallace or singing deep, raw blues from the center of her soul like Janis Joplin, her voice is captivating and powerful. She opens the disc by just flat-out tearing up that Georgia songbird E.G. Kight's "Trouble With A Capital T". James Solberg's "Tool Box Blues" takes a sultry win when she sings it, and Janis Joplin's "Turtle Blues" is very nicely done indeed. But the best track on the album, in my opinion, is Ms. Blue's cover of Lucinda Williams instant classic "Drunken Angel". This track achieves perfection with her voice, the musicians, the arrangement and the song itself all coming together beautifully. A talented songwriter as well as a vibrant and enchanting performer, she offers a heartfelt tribute to the late, great John Lee Hooker with the moving, melodic "From the Delta to the Golden Gates". The title track is a standard 1-4-5 blues number with catchy lyrics and instrumental hooks that will have the listener singing along before the song is through. In fact, most of the songs on the disc can stake that claim. There is not one track on the disc that I skip over when I play the disc, and believe me when I tell you, this one is getting a lot of play!

K.T. "Trouble" Booth

Kansas City Blues Society

instantly when I heard the unmistakable wail of Mike Finnegan's B-3, and I knew
August 2002





I tossed this disc in the player like I do so many and headed up the stairs on a mission to clean house. I try to listen to the music I am about to review without 'knowing anything" that might skew my perceptions of what I'm about to hear. That way, I decide if it kicks ass or not based on what I hear. But you know what they say about the best laid plans. My ears perked up instantly when I heard the unmistakable wail of Mike Finnegan's B-3, and I knew this on

Southwest Blues Magazine

Barbara Blue is the kind of singer that can bring out all of the emotion that wa
September 2002





Memphis based singer, Barbara Blue's second CD, Sell My Jewelry, is a fiery mix of Memphis soul, smooth funky blues, and ballads that definitely let the singer show what she's got. Recorded with Taj Mahal's Phantom Blues Band in Los Angeles, Sell My Jewelry not only has great singing, but great performances from the musicians, with arrangements to match. Barbara Blue, or BB (to her fans) is originally from Pittsburgh, PA, but now sings nightly on Beale St. at Silky O'Sullivan's. During a pass through town with her band, she sang at Silky's and was offered a job. What she thought might last several months has turned into a gig lasting over four years. With a voice that can be as smooth as silk, or belt out a growl with the best, Barbara Blue also evokes the sonic power of Janis Joplin, to which she is often compared. Opening with "Trouble With A Capitol "T'," Blue gets funky from the git go. "Back By Popular Demand" is a great blues-soul number, that moves right into the funk and the double meaning of "Tool Box Blues" (you got somethin' in your toolbox that I ain't got in mine). The three songs written by Barbara Blue, "Road Blues", "Sell My Jewelry" and "From The Delta To The Golden Gates" show a great flair for blues writing, with the latter being a tribute to John Lee Hooker, a one key groove that would make the master proud. Another great standout is Lucinda William's "Drunken Angel", an excellent song with a slightly country feel. The CD ends with Janis Joplin's "Turtle Blues". This slow blues burner is where Blue acknowledges her Janis comparisons, but definitely makes the song her own. Barbara Blue is the kind of singer that can bring out all of the emotion that was written into a blues song in the first place. Not something easy to do. And, with comparisons to Janis Joplin, it would be easy to get pigeonholed as a certain type of voice. But Barbara Blue has much more to her singing than just belting out the blues, she's got style. And style can take you as far as you want to go. It can even get you all the way to Memphis and beyond.

Pete "Bootlegger" Barbeck

empire_chick

I love this album!
A great mix of tunes - the rockin' Trouble with a Capital T and soulful Drunken Angel are my favorites on this album. Barbara Blue is a true blues classic - you won't be disappointed!