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Barbara Blue new album "Sweet Strong & Tight"

Memphis Blue Sweet, Strong & Tight

Barbara Blue - Memphis Blue - Sweet, Strong, & Tight

Barbara Blue was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pa. She moved to Memphis in 1997 and has been performing there ever since. She has been named “The Queen of Beale Street” and on Friday May 8, after the ribbon is cut on the brand new Blues Hall of Fame, Blue will be honored with a brass music note on what is being called the Beale Street Walk of Fame..

  • Ronnie Earl : BB's somewhere between an Earthquake & a Hurricane
  • Taj Mahal : B's got the goods


For her 10th independently released album Queen Blue decided to record at the famous Royal Studios in Memphis. The recording is produced by Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and co-produced by Blue. Mitchell is the son of the late Willie Mitchell co-owner of the Hi Records label. The senior Mitchell worked with Al Green, Ann Peebles, and Buddy Guy. The younger Mitchell learned from his father and his credits include Green, Solomon Burke, William Bell, Rod Stewart, John Mayer and many others..

This recording features The Royal Rhythm Section. Formerly they were known as The Hi Rhythm Section and they still are led by The Rev. Charles Hodges, B-3 organ; and Leroy “Flick” Hodges, bass. Rounding out the Section is David Smith, who plays bass on half the tracks; Stax ace Lester Snell, Wurlitzer organ; Steve Potts, the drummer who replaced Al Jackson Jr. in Booker T. and The MG’s; and rhythm guitarist Michael Tols. The Royal Horn Section features Lannie McMillan, sax; Marc Franklin, trumpet; and Joe Spake, baritone sax..



1. Hands Off 04:22
2. No Time To Cry 03:19
3. Rudy's Blues 02:42
4. VooDoo Woman 03:53
5. Me & Jesus 05:10
6. Rollin' Up On Me 03:45
7. Love is After Me 03:01
8. Coat & Hat 04:33
9. Sweet, Strong & Tight 03:32
10. I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down 03:25
11. SuperBlues 04:26
12. Memphis Stomp 03:25
13. 800 Mile Blues 04:53


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