Ellen McIlwaine

We the People

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The brilliant slide playing that inspired the respect of fellow guitarists John Lee Hooker, Johnny Winter, Jeff Healey, David Lindley, and others is obvious right off the top. In her unfettered scat singing is a hint of the fiery independence that scared off record company execs and radio playlisters alike. This is a strong sophomore effort in New York City by a sadly underexposed talent who settled in the Western Canadian city of Calgary after many nomadic years. As she would at other times in her long career, she offers her own distinctive cover of a song by sometimes collaborator Jack Bruce. Her own "All to You" finds her in a rare romantic mood, while the traditional "Farther Along" is a moving gospel number that might have pleased this powerful performer's missionary foster parents.

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