Monday, April 8, 2013
Linda Valori to Make First Rockford Appearances
Crossroads Blues Society is proud to be bringing Italy's female blues sensation Linda Valori to Rockford for two great shows. Linda has a brand new CD entitled "Day's Like This" with some scorching hot vocals that amazes all listeners! She was "discovered" in 2005 at Italy's huge San Remo Festival and has gone on to fame in Italy's music and television scene. This new CD introduces her to the American market and Crossroads is proud to be among the first to host her here.
"Linda's voice is huge and expressed," noted Crossroads President Steve Jones. "She reminds me a little bit of a young Ruth Brown, with hints of Sarah Vaughn and Martha Reeves woven into the textures of her voice. I was floored when I put this CD on for the first time and I remain impressed every time I hear her sing." The two shows are on Thursday, April 18th and Friday April 19th. Thursday's show is at the Adriatic Bar on 327 West Jefferson Street (the former Jacks or Better Club) at 7 PM with a $5 cover charge. On Friday night, Linda appears at the Venetian Club on 2180 Elmwood Road with an 8 PM start. The show is open to the public and is free of charge.
Linda hails from San Benedetto del Tronto of the Province of Ascoli Piceno in the Marches region on Adriatic side of Italy. Her guitar player and mentor for the American blues music scene is Luca Giordano, who was born in Teramo (Province of Teramo in the Abruzzi region) and now splits his time between a home on the Adriatic and Chicago. Luca will join Linda for both of these shows, and backing both of them will be Barstool Bob Levis and his band. Bob lives in Rockford and garnered fame touring and playing guitar for several decades with blues greats Otis Rush and Lonnie Brooks.
Here is a sample of Linda doing Etta James' classic "At Last."
Posted by Crossroads Blues Society at 9:24 AM