Angela Strehli - Blue Highway (CD)
This is Angela's first studio recording in seven years. It is true a tour de force which contains all of the elements which have forged her unique style, blues, americana and great songwriting. The album kicks off with a tribute Angela wrote for the documentary film Antones: Austin's Home of the Blues. Next comes the title track, "Blue Highway", an instant classic which features pals Marcia Ball and Maria Muldaur, followed by "Hello My Lover", originally done by Ernie K-Doe, but transformed here into an irresistible duet with Paul Thorn. Next is a stirring tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, who championed her time and again in his career. Then she lightens the mood with "Slipped, Tripped, and Fell in Love", followed by a hard-hitting original blues "I Don't Know Why". Before you can catch your breath, Strehli launches into Inez Andrew's "Don't Move My Mountain" with a commanding performance. Then an unexpected surprise which illuminates her love of all things Mexican, "Headed South". Finally, a bittersweet ballad, "Always Love You", brings a soothing moment before the album's fitting closer from Stevie Ray Vaughan Live At Carnegie Hall, the absolutely smoking "C.O.D.". Every step of the way, Blue Highway will lead you on a journey you'll want to take time and time again.
Angela is one of the classiest and most soulful blues singers I know, great songs, sung and played with deep soul, funk and authenticity. This is the real deal." Bonnie Raitt
Tough, Soulful & Sexy. My Kind of Blues" Buddy Guy