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Alberta Adams

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by Tom Schulte

The undisputed, unrivaled, peerless Detroit Queen of the Blues is Alberta Adams. Performing and recording with Johnnie Bassett and the Blues Insurgents, she is the personification of the Detroit blues scene. Some may take it for granted that blues collectors have several Adams records carefully spine-aligned one after the other. Such is not exactly the case. Although she performed and recorded the last 50 years, her solo debut full-length release only came out with Born With the Blues in 1999, an overdue historic recording. In her seventies when this album came out, she still performed. Adams looked back on a life raising three children and three stepchildren, four marriages, and decades of blues performance. Such a life has its contrasts of ups and downs reflected in the album. It goes from upbeat jump blues and R&B ballads to slow blues numbers.

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