|Det här är verkligen en dam med "saft i köttet" om man säger så !|
|Jag glömmer aldrig första gången jag hörde
henne spela,,, vilket Boogiedrag ! Vilken känsla hon
Det svängde så man rööös i hela kroppen,,, ena minuten lirade hon världens svängigaste
"Honkey-Tonkboogie" med ett driv som inte var av denna världen,,, för att i nästa låt lira den mest känslosamma blues man hört på länge. Hon har ju den alldeles utsökt goda smaken att mixa vilt från
både Blues, Boogie-Woogie, Rythm "n" Blues, Jazz, Soul, Cajun och Gospel.
Mer "Goodtimefeeling" än så här är det ju hart när omöjligt att skapa. Suveränt helt enkelt.
Jag lovar,,, ingen normal människa klarar av att sitta still till låtar som,,, Lord I Wonder, Black Satin,
Two-Fisted Mama, C.Q. Boogie och The Katie Lee,,, mfl.
Om inte detta är BoogieWoogie,,, Ja då vet min själ inte jag !!!
Med andra ord så kan jag inte annat än att rekommendera mycket snara inköp av en eller flera av
hennes helt suveräna och jättesvängiga skivor.
Vill du veta mer om Katie Webster så finns det längre ner på sidan en avdelning med lite Biografi, Skivfakta, "Liner Notes" mm. (visserligen på engelska,,, men det skall väl gå bra i alla fall hoppas jag)
Tragiskt nog gick Katie Webster bort den 9:e September 1999 bara 63 år ung, men hennes svängiga
pianospel, härliga röst och humorfyllda texter kommer att förgylla tillvaron under många år framöver,,,
BOOGIE ON KATIE !!!
|Live & Well
Liveplatta jag hört talas om,,, har den ej, och har inte heller lyckats hitta något omslag
på webben ännu, men att döma av låtvalet så bör den införskaffas snarast möjligt !!!
1. Shake,rattle and roll
2. Katie's worried blues
3. Oh wee,sweet Daddy
4. Night time is the right time
5. Loving arms
6. Ev'rybody likes to Rock 'n Roll
8. You're so fine
9. That's the Katie Lee
10. Boogie Texas queen
11. You'll lose a good thing
13. Goin' home tomorrow
14. Reach out and touch
|Lite mer allmänna skivfakta: (plus lite hyllningar)|
|THE SWAMP BOOGIE QUEEN
The Queen is crowned, and Robert Cray, Kim Wilson, Anson Funderburgh and other friends
attend the coronation!
Includes Somebody's On Your Case (duet with Bonnie Raitt), Black Satin, and more.
TWO FISTED MAMA!
|KATIE WEBSTER: BIOGRAFI, FAKTA, "LINER
"Pure sonic dynamite."
"She's that rare commodity in blues: a boogie-woogie piano virtuoso in a male-and guitar dominated field."
"Rock steady piano playing... a gutsy, soaring voice and sassy lovers' tidings, put across with a stomp and a hip shake.
Her voice is a meaty one, full of blue, gospelly turns and note bends."
"Rollicking and energetic barrelhouse piano playing...passionate, gospel-style vocals....
A musician who could be counted on to provide just the right backing for any style, be it blues, rock n' roll,
soul, country & western, cajun or zydeco.
Born Kathryn Jewel Thorne on January 11, 1936 in Houston, Texas, Webster first learned piano as a child. Her deeply religious parents strictly warned her to play only gospel and classical music, going so far as to keep the piano under lock and key so Katie could only play while being supervised. But Webster loved the blues, rock and r&b she heard on an old Philco radio hidden under the bed covers late at night, and would play her secular music at every opportunity. While still a teenager, Webster moved to South Louisiana when her parents relocated to California. She lived with less rigid relatives who allowed her to play the music she loved. By the age of 15 Webster was one of the most requested studio musicians in the region. Both Jay Miller of Excello Records and Eddie Shuler of Goldband Records used her on hundreds recordings in the 1950s and 1960s, including sides with Guitar Junior (Lonnie Brooks), Slim Harpo, Lazy Lester, Lightnin' Slim, and Clifton Chenier. In 1964, a young Otis Redding caught Webster's set with her band the Uptighters in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and demanded she join his touring band the very next day.
Webster toured the country with Redding, and can be heard on his LIVE AT THE WHISKEY A-GO-GO album. Unable to join Redding on tour in 1967 because she was pregnant, Webster was not on the plane that took Redding's life. Devastated by his death, she kept a very low profile until the early 1980s, when she made her debut tour of Europe. European audiences couldn't get enough of Webster, and she returned over 30 times. During the 1980s, Webster began to win over her American audience at numerous high profile festival gigs, including the Chicago Blues Festival, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Boulder Blues Festival, The Newport Folk Festival, The San Francisco Blues Festival and many others. "She can floor the timid listener," raved the Boston Globe. "Webster can say more about the pain of betrayal with one low, sad growl, and more about the joy of fighting back against cruel life with one teasing roll of her eyes, than most could write in a book."
In 1988, Webster teamed up with Alligator Records and went from a cult blues legend to internationally recognized phenomenon. She received accolades from a host of publications, including "Rolling Stone" and "Keyboard." She was nominated for three W.C. Handy Awards (the Grammy of the blues community) and, in March of 1989, performed for the first time on national television on NBC's "Sunday Night" program hosted by David Sanborn. In 1992, Webster joined lablemates Koko Taylor, Lonnie Brooks, Elvin Bishop and Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials on a cross-country tour celebrating Alligator's 20th Anniversary. THE ALLIGATOR RECORDS 2OTH ANNIVERSARY TOUR album documented the proceedings, as did the Bob Mugge documentary, "Pride And Joy: The Story Of Alligator Records."
In 1993, Webster was
felled by a stroke while touring in Greece, and lost some
of the use of her left hand and almost all of her
eyesight. But her magnificent voice and wonderful right
hand, not to mention her inimitable spirit, kept her
going strong. She continued to appear at selected
festivals. Even though her health wouldn't support
extended touring, her final performances were filled with
the same boogie-woogie drive and spirit that originally
earned Katie Webster the title Swamp Boogie Queen.
ORIGINAL LINER NOTES
Webster rapidly became an invaluable studio sessioneer for Louisiana producers J.D. Miller in Crowley and Eddie Shuler in Lake Charles. She played on sides by Guitar Junior (Lonnie Brooks), Clarence Garlow, Jimmy Wilson, Lazy Lester, and Phil Phillips (her gently rolling 88s powered his hit "Sea of Love").
The young pianist also waxed some terrific sides of her own for Miller from 1959 to 1961 for his Rocko, Action, and Spot labels (where she introduced a dance called "The Katie Lee"). Webster led her own band, the Uptighters, at the same time she was spending her days in the studio. In 1964, she guested with Otis Redding's band at the Bamboo Club in Lake Charles and so impressed the charismatic Redding that he absconded with her. For the next three years, Webster served as his opening act!
The 1970s were pretty
much a lost decade for Katie Webster as she took care of
her ailing parents in Oakland, CA. But in 1982 a European
tour beckoned, and she journeyed overseas for the first
of many such jaunts. The Alligator connection commenced
in 1988 with some high-profile help: Bonnie Raitt, Robert
Cray, and Kim Wilson all made guest appearances on The
Swamp Boogie Queen. The lovably extroverted boogie
pianist encored with Two-Fisted Mama! and No Foolin'
before suffering the stroke.
ORIGINAL LINER NOTES
KATIE WEBSTER is what
she's called, but Katie Webster is more than a Louisiana
bayou piano player. She's a mistress of blues, boogie
woogie, soul and ballads; a singer with a deeply gospel-influenced
style and a songwriter of blues classics full of down-home
By the time she was a
teenager, Katie had won a coveted position as the piano
player on almost every important blues and proto-rock
record that came out of the studios of Southwest
Louisiana. She sparked the records of Clifton Chenier,
Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim, Phil Phillips (the original
"Sea Of Love") and her future labelmate Lonnie
Brooks, then known as Guitar Junior.
After almost a decade,
she was coaxed out of retirement to tour Europe as a
soloist, where she became a sensation. She returned to
Europe nearly 30 times in the next few years, cutting
albums for a number of small labels.
ORIGINAL LINER NOTES
I saw Katie at the Jazz Fest in New Orleans last year. She not only was playing one of the early shows, before the crowds had started to build, but the night before she had just returned from a month of one-nighters in Europe. Jet lag was her close companion. Yet, when she sat down at the piano, all of that fatigue just melted away before her two-fisted piano and what I call her "No foolin'style of singing. In her own song on this new offering, I'm Bad, Katie sings, "I'm bad and the who world knows I'm bad. And I don't mean like Michael Jackson either."
That Saturday in New Orleans, Katie Webster set the tone for theJazz Fest. Those early birds who caught her performance had somethingto talk about for the rest of the day. Put simply, Katie Webster's bad!
- Ed Bradley