It was perfect. Craig was taking a break from his punk band; they met and developed a musical chemistry that has evolved into a big sound and feel that is colored with blues, soul and the sweet dynamics of the best rock. After their performances together established a solid reputation for them in the Detroit area, Jan was voted "Best Female Vocalist" by the Detroit Metro Times. Then, continuing a legend-laced journey, they moved to Chicago. The blues capital was good to them, and they to it. They became favorites in such venues as Buddy Guy's Blues Legends, Taste of Chicago and The House of Blues.
They shared the stage with Koko Taylor, John Mayall, Little Feat, James Brown and B.B. King. They cut their first demo, a powerhouse CD called "Last Train," picked up by the Dutch label Provogue, in yet another example of the wide appeal that American blues has throughout Europe. Jan launched a promotional tour of acoustic and electric performances aired on radio and television throughout The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and Scandanavia; along with a feature on NBC's television program, Talking Blues. The press raved: "Voices of the caliber of Jan James are rare in today's pop musicÉ" and, "Her upbeat rock/blues is exceptionally radio-friendly and very stylishly executed. More albums followed: "Soul Desire," "The Color of Rose" and the critically acclaimed, "Limousine Blues." Comparisons to legendary artists are often soaked in hype and are sometimes unfair both to the legend and to the musician who is carrying on the legacy.
But sometimes they are necessary. Sometimes they must be made; not just for the sake of similarity but for the sake of the importance that keeping something so stark and vital alive means to the art. Jan performed at Chicago's Royal George Theater in the staring role of Janis Joplin in a play based on Janis letters and songs. Along with the standing ovations, there was so much more. There was the aura of a major talent.
There was not only the power of what Janis had left for us, there was the power in what Jan James now doesÉand will do Jan's newest CD, "Drive Me Home," is a pure and commanding showcase of her heritage and her talent from start to finish. Each and every cut demonstrates just how good she is. This is what modern blues should be. This is Jan James font: http://janjames.com Read more on Last.fm.
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