“She scares the hell out of me… I ain’t never heard a woman play guitar like that… you make love to that guitar!”— Sunshine Sunny Payne, KFFA, BLues Hall of Fame
“I ain’t never heard a woman finger pick a guitar like that since Memphis Minnie. She’s the best gal player I heard in more than 35 years.”— Pinetop Perkins
“She’s got it — I’ve played with ‘em all, and she’s got it!”
— Howlin’ Wolf guitarist Hubert Sumlin
“Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year” nominee
2010 Blues Music Awards, Memphis, TN
BLUES FOR HARD TIMES is the latest Blue Empress/Vizztone release from internationally acclaimed blues artist, Fiona Boyes. This new recording is a stripped back, traditional album featuring a mixture of acoustic and electric small ensemble performances and 6 solo tracks.
In keeping with her previous albums, ‘Lucky 13’ and ‘Blueswoman’, Fiona takes the listener on a road tour of Blues styles, including the Mississippi Hills, Delta slide and ragtime, late 20’s women’s barrelhouse, early Chicago, New Orleans/Louisiana country blues, and Piedmont finger-picking. Recorded at Wire Studios in Austin, TX, with Kaz Kazanoff as producer and Stuart Sullivan as engineer, BLUES FOR HARD TIMES captures Fiona’s extraordinary skills as a guitarist and songwriter that rank her among the world’s leading blues women. On BLUES FOR HARD TIMES Fiona Boyes brings traditional blues to the center of the contemporary stage.