Doña Oxford

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This is a keyboard-dominated blues disc, which makes sense, as Doña Oxford is a keyboard player who has toured with Shemekia Copeland's (daughter of the late Texas blues guitar legend Johnny Copeland) band. Her playing is very strong and she and her chosen instrument push the band along to great levels of energy. She comes from a musical family and was exposed to a wide variety of music when younger but she has devoted her energies into the blues and with good result. Eight of this disc's ten songs (a tad short at 37-plus minutes) were written by her and the songs are solid traveling blues songs. Traveling blues is that conglomeration of blues fused to solid rock & roll, music that is conducive to cruising down the highway. This is the blues from a city girl that has learned her lessons from people from around the country. The two strongest influences are the Texas blues of Johnny Copeland, as transmitted by daughter Shemekia, and the Chicago blues piano tradition of Johnnie Johnson. Her band is solid behind her, and Arthur Neilson contributes some wonderful guitar and steel. This is a solid effort and there is a promise of better things to come.

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