Love, life and the blues

May 08, 2014
Lydia Warren

Rockland — The weekly blues series continues May 19 with a 7 p.m. show by Lydia Warren. Admission at the door will be $10.

Since her 2001 debut at the ripe old age of 17, Warren has been turning heads in the blues scene. The guitarist/singer/songwriter cut her teeth opening for blues and classic rock luminaries B.B. King, Buddy Guy and Little Feat throughout New England, earning a Boston Music Award nomination and a feature on NBC’s “Today Show.” While touring throughout Lebanon, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Canada and the United States, Warren independently released six albums to great acclaim and international airplay.

Warren’s recordings, filled with original songs, showcase Chicago blues aesthetics, modern musicality and soulful rock sensibilities. She also collaborates with Boyd Small, the Brothers & Sisters Blues Tour, The Neurotics, Gracie Curran and Matt Kelley. Last year, Warren returned to the studio with a well-seasoned combo to record “Hotel Beds,” a fan-funded album showcasing what she as become known for — a love and mastery of West Side Chicago blues. The album is the audible culmination of 13 years of live performances, countless appearances with blues masters and trials and tribulations in love and life.

Upcoming in the weekly series are: May 26, Alexis P. Suter Band ($15); June 2, Chris Duarte ($15); and a special two-band night starting 6:30 p.m. June 9, Shawn Holt and the Teardrops plus the Popa Chubby Band ($20; tickets for this show on sale now, call 596-6055).

For more information, visit northatlanticbluesfestival.com and click on the Time Out Blues link. Also on the site is information about this summer’s fest, July 12 and 13. Advance blues festival tickets are $25 for either day or $50 for the full weekend.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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