The city’s blues series at Time Out Pub, 275 Main St., continues Monday, Oct. 14. The one and only Candye Kane will perform from 7 to 9 p.m. in the upstairs music room. Admission is $15.

Kane has always been upfront about her colorful past, following the advice of Dwight Yoakum, who became a friend when both were signed with The Halsey Agency, the first agency to promote American music behind the Iron Curtain.

"Be yourself Candye. It's what you're good at," said Yoakum.

In 1983, Kane was a teenage mom from the poor side of Los Angeles. It was welfare and food stamps by day, hard drug use and nude modeling by night, as well as yodeling and moshing alongside groundbreaking punk bands in Hollywood’s underground music scene. To help pay the bills, she appeared on the covers of Hustler and High Society while peddling her cassettes of original hillbilly music.

After working with Halsey, Kane went on to record 12 CDs on a myriad of record labels including Sire and Rounder Records. She built a worldwide reputation by touring 250 days a year, wrote songs that appeared on television and in movies, landed appearances and performances on TV, collaborated with numerous artists and also penned and performed a stage play about her life, called “The Toughest Girl Alive.” She has been nominated for five National Blues Awards and has won the Best Blues Band Award in her adopted hometown of San Diego, Calif., a record nine consecutive times, all while raising two sons to adulthood.

Since 2007, Kane has been fighting cancer and producing great music with kindred spirit and guitar player Laura Chavez. Their latest endeavor, “Coming out Swingin'," was released in June on her Sister Cynic (label)  and is already a nominee for Best Blues CD of the year.

Looking ahead, the series will present JP Blues on Oct. 21 ($10); and throw a Halloween party with the Juke Joint Five on Oct. 28 ($10). For more information about blues in Rockland, visit

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