Singing the blues to express happiness? Such is the inspired theme of this latest disc from the marvelously versatile Ann Hampton Callaway. As Callaway tells it, she was knee-deep in preparation, ready to deliver the standard themes of struggle and heartache that are expected from a nearly all-blues set. Then, proving herself as deft a listener as she is a singer, Callaway started dissecting the selected lyrics and came to the surprising discovery that at the true heart of each was the quest, challenging as it might be, for inner joy. And so from Callaway, who has consistently delighted us for nearly two decades by marching to her own musical drummer, a dozen tracks of bliss-yearning blues.
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