Duffy Bishop makes you feel good - about life, about pain, about laughter and tears. Her rich blues voice sounds sometimes like a 60 year old black man, sometimes like a little girl. It's a voice that will caress you like a mother, then scare the hell out of you like a mutha.
She's a voodoo priestess - her live shows bring people together. It's like you're sharing an experience that will never happen again. Dozens of people have met, fell in love and become life partners at Duffy gigs.
She'll crack you up - it's The Blues with a big sense of humor. Songs about honest experience and emotion that'll make you cry and laugh.
With the release of 'Ooh Wee!', Duffy's 8th album, she pays tribute to some of the artists who have touched her in these ways - her heroes, the classic R&B artists of the 50's and 60's. She chose some of her favorite tunes by Big Maybelle, Wynona Carr, Wynonie Harris, Sugar Pie DeSanto, Ray Charles, Ike and Tina, Fats Domino, Dolly Cooper, O.V. Wright and Lazy Lester. The album was recorded 'live' in the studio. The band set up, the record button was pressed, and they played tunes - no overdubbed solos or fixed parts. It's real.
John Foyston of The Oregonian says this of 'Ooh Wee!': " If anyone fully inhabits the persona of the bad-girl blues shouter, (Bishop) does... But she's a full grown woman, and there's no doubt: just listen to the emotional nuance of the torchy 'Ain't No Use'...And when she hits that impassioned 'no more paaaiiinnn' in the bridge of 'Combination for Love' see if you can keep the shivers from cascading down your back."
If you like depth and honesty in your music, you'll love 'Ooh Wee'.
But that sounds kinda serious - this is a party album. Put it on, start dancing.