Chicago-based guitarist, singer, and songwriter Pauline York burst upon that city's healthy club scene in the late 1990s. York became enamored with Texas blues as a teenager and she explored the roots of that music, which led her to recordings by Jimmy Reed and Freddie King. Her sound today is influenced by equal parts Texas blues, Cajun flavorings, and Memphis soul blues. York has released three albums, Blackberry Wine in 2002, Muddy Water in 2004 and most recently, Get Down and Ride. On Muddy Water, York and her bandmates render distinctive covers of Son Seals' "Your Love Is Like a Cancer," Otis Rush's "Keep Loving Me Baby," and Otis Redding's "Security." York and her band cover Muddy Waters and Mike Bloomfield and Nick Gravenites on their third release, including in the mix a number of spry original songs. York and her trio, known as the Pauline York Band, have shared stages with the likes of Paul "Wine" Jones, Tab Benoit, and Chicago's own Lonnie Brooks.
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