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Sister Vagabond

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Candye Kane has been called a survivor, a superhero and the toughest girl alive. They are apt descriptions of the jump blues singer, songwriter and mother of two from East Los Angeles who has earned this moniker the hard way. Nominated for five National Blues Foundation Awards including the 2011 Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year, winner of ten San Diego Music Awards, starring in a sold out stage play about her life, and beating down pancreatic cancer in the last two years, Kane is one tough cookie. She has performed worldwide for presidents and movie stars, but her path to success was not always glamorous or easy.

Raised in a dysfunctional, blue-collar family, Candye became a teenage mother, a pin up cover girl and a punk rock, hillbilly and blues-belting anarchist by the time she was just 21 years old. Ten cds, six record labels, millions of international road miles and countless awards later, Miss Kane has proven to be a true survivor as she scrambled her way to the top of the roots music heap, creating a world renowned reputation that has spanned two decades. She belts - growls - shouts - croons and moans from a lifetime of suffering and overcoming obstacles, and uses music as therapy; often writing and choosing material with positive affirmations that leave the audience feeling healed and exhilarated.

On her 2011 release, Sister Vagabond, Candye Kane once again delivers her heart on a platter. Kane presents a more mature and swinging collection of scorching blues and soul originals, searing with the young Laura Chavez's impressive guitar work. Kane takes us on a journey thru love, heartbreak, rejection and personal empowerment, colored in swampy and soulful earth tones that bring a new twist to old favorites (Brenda Lee's Sweet Nothings) and explore spookier and darker territory (Walkin' Talkin' Haunted House). Laura's guitar work stands out on these performances demonstrating maturity beyond her years. Kane and Chavez are a powerhouse duo to reckon with, exhibiting feminist strength and power in bucketfuls. Move over all you mannish boys....


A Blues Diva of the 20th century who can liven up any party without shedding a stitch. --People Magazine

This tough cookie wails with a rousing confidence, affirmation of identity, the courage of her convictions and wisdom beyond her years. --Downbeat Magazine

Laura Chavez is not just a rising star. She's already arrived. --Vintage Guitar

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  4. Walkin', Talkin' Haunted House 4:37$0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. You Never Cross My Mind 3:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  7. You Can't Take It Back From Here 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  9. You Can't Hurt Me Anymore 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Hard Knock Gal 4:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
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12. Down With The Blues 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 16, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Delta Groove Productions
  • ASIN: B0054DFGES
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,017 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on August 16, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Kane's first album after beating pancreatic cancer, 2009's Superhero, was rightly built on themes from the fight. This follow-up release extends the recovery, but more by doubling-down on the blues belting career she had before, than by living some sort of hyperaware second chapter. There's a pleasure in her singing that's perhaps a step more ferocious than before, expressing George Herbert's notion that living well is the best revenge, or in this case, the greatest triumph. But the scars she carries - a problematic childhood, early motherhood, less-than-savory jobs and cancer recovery - are those of a winner, the marks carried by anyone who's lived enough life to really sing the blues. Kane's nine new original songs are matters of the heart, mostly roughed-up and broken, occasionally recovered. The four covers include a sweet and sexy take on Johnny "Guitar" Watson's "I Love to Love You" and a moody version of "Sweet Nothin's" that adds Wanda Jackson's scorching sass to Brenda Lee's original precociousness. Laura Chavez's guitar is given equal voice to Kane's vocals, motivating the songs with twangy rhythm playing and stinging riffs, and James Harman guests on harmonica for Jack Tempshin and Glen Frey's previously unrecorded "Everybody's Gonna Love Somebody Tonight." Take these tunes for a spin on Whittier, Tweedy or Bellflower, and enjoy the punchy mixes as they roar from the rear speaker of your '62 Impala. [©2011 hyperbolium dot com]
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Blues411 on November 11, 2011
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Right from the start Ms. Kane and her trusty partner set the stage for a rollicking, roller coaster ride thru various side roads where the Blues truly reside. Johnny Guitar Watson's "I Love To Love You' kicks off the disc with a guitar riff from Laura that harkens back to the giants of blues guitar and adds a sultry vocal statement by Candye that changes to swing to shuffle and back again - not to stop there LC cuts through it all with a scorching solo that expresses so much in a limited format. Ms. Chavez understands that the space between the notes are as valuable as the notes themselves and again and again demonstrates this fact for all to hear.

`Love Insurance' is an up-beat song telling the tale of our heroine pleading for the one insurance policy that the powers that be haven't yet been able to milk us on. `Sweet Nothin's' is a down right greasy adaptation of the Brenda Lee pop song. Swampy and sensual yet somewhat innocent in the songs truer meaning, Ms. Kane easily works the vocals into a tight prayer of thankfulness while Ms. Chavez adds an almost Creedence Clearwater touch of guitar to it. Fun times with this one.

What might be the best track is a Kane/Chavez original (one of 9) `Walkin' Talkin' Haunted House'. A wonderfully composed lyrical poem wherein Ms. Kane sets herself as a `walkin', talkin' haunted house' that is occupied with the ghosts of her past lovers. A fascinating thought, and delivered spot on by both Candye and Laura. No other cut to date has captured the bond between these two ladies as this one does. There are some added effects by Stephen Hodges such as chains and various forms of percussion that adds to the otherworldly feel of this track - bravo !

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Traveling Man on August 22, 2011
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This new album reminds me of the early bluesy Candye I came to love many years ago. I had missed that the last few years, but now it's as if "Candye's back!!" and she's back to making the best music she's written and sang in years. It's as if she has a new found energy and purpose of song and life in this outstanding collection of songs. Laura Chavez and her blues guitar resonate along with Candye's beautiful voice to lift this album above anything she has done in recent years. Candye has always been about the blues and blues swing, but this new album is so down-home blues again. Congratulations to Candye, Laura, James Harmann on harmonica, and the whole band backing the vocals with such energy and verve. I would rate this one near the top, if not at the top, of Candye's best albums ever!
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By musiclover on January 3, 2012
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I dont even know where to begin. I have been a fan of Candye's since her CD Swango. Each time I get a new realease from her I say to myself, how is it possible to top yourself; but as usual, Candye doesn't disappoint. Her songwriting continues to get better with each release. Her voice is as stong as ever and with Laura, she found a partner who makes the whole picture complete. Thank you Candye for continuing to make music, the world is a better place with it.
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