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April 2001

Zora Young
Learned My Lesson
Delmark Records

Chicago blues diva Zora Young oozes soul and old-school knowing on Learned My Lesson. Backed by Windy City blues stalwarts Kenny Saydak on piano, Johnny B. Gayden on bass, James Wheeler and Danny Draher on guitars and Tim Austin on drums, she wails with bluesy authority on winning originals like "Pity Party," "Girl Friend," "Feel Like Stroking" and "Brain Damage" along with well chosen covers like Chuck Berry's "Living in the U.S.A.," Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits," Delbert McClinton's "Better Off With the Blues" and Percy Mayfield's eloquent anthem "Please Send Me Someone to Love." Already a well established figure on the European blues scene as well as in her own hometown, the powerhouse Young should gain wider recognition with this, her first release on an established American label.

Originally published in April 2001
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