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1 	Travelin’ Woman 	4:44
2 	Ain’t Gonna Cry No More 	3:44
3 	Leave That Wine Alone 	4:38
4 	Some People Say I’m Crazy 	3:40
5 	Raining in My Heart 	3:26
6 	Let Me Into Your Heart 	4:09
7 	Ain’t Nobody Else 	2:40
8 	Blues Give Me A Feeling 	3:27
9 	Bad Luck And Trouble 	3:39
10 	Make Up Your Mind 	4:14

Mary Lane - vocals
Billy Branch, Corky Siegel, Eddie Shaw - harmonica
Colin Linden, Dave Specter - guitar
Jim Tullio, Sam Butler, John Rice, Bill Ruppert, Shedrick Davis - guitars
Larry Beers, Gene “Daddy G” Barge - Sax 
Don Tenuto - trumpet
Travis T. Bernard - drums


New label Women Of The Blues makes a big noise this week with the March 8th release of Travelin’ Woman, a new 10-song collection from Chicago Blues Hall of Fame singer, Mary Lane, produced by Grammy-winner Jim Tullio. On her first new album in over 20 years, the 83-year-old Lane steps to the mic with the kind of confidence and casual mastery that can only be acquired by decades of commitment to the Blues life.

We here at Rock and Blues Muse have been excited about this record since January when Martine’s story about Mary Lane came out. And as if that wasn’t enough, prepare yourself also for the upcoming documentary film “I Can Only Be Mary Lane” which will chronicle her life and her decades as a fixture in the Chicago Blues scene.

But back to the music at hand. As you would expect, this entire collection is a showcase for Mary Lane’s smooth, soulful stylings and distinctive voice. Creating the canvas for her performance is no shortage of top-notch studio players and special guests.

If you need an introduction to her, Mary provides it with the solid and occasionally rollicking opening/title track “Travelin’ Woman,” where she tells you her story in some of the plainest and most powerful English possible. The band really gets down to business on “Ain’t Gonna Cry No More.” Powered by Chris “Hambone” Cameron’s piano, this is the kind of chugging, straight-up Chicago style blues that Lane has been singing in low dives to big halls for years. Next up “Some People Say I’m Crazy” is another up-tempo workout, this time featuring Corky Siegal’s edgy harmonica adding punctuation to Lane’s vocals. I really wish Jake and Elwood were still around to cover the hell out of this one.

In a tale as old as the Blues itself “Raining In My Heart” tells the story of another no-good man who doesn’t know the special thing he is letting slip through his fingers as Sam Butler’s buzzy guitar tone adds bite to the instrumental parts. Mary Lane takes things to an even more open/broken-hearted place on the plaintive and soul-soaked “Let Me Into Your Heart.” She then turns the tables on the ballsy and defiant “Ain’t Nobody Else” where she reminds that no-good man just what she has to offer – which is more than any man deserves.

Lane sums up her autobiography and the Chicago blues itself in the first line of “Blues Give Me a Feeling” when she sings “I was born in the country, and they brought me to the city.” You hear both influences in this tune too; the framework of old school blues laid over those insistent, big-shouldered Chicago rhythms. The extended harmonica break provided by Indiara Sfair is icing on the cake. Lane and the band can even make “Bad Luck and Trouble” sound like a time too good to pass up; with every player putting a little something extra behind every note, all the way to the last measure.

The tone and tempo definitely shift on the haunted bare-bones album closer “Make Up Your Mind.” Accompanied solely by Colin Linden’s acoustic slide Dobro and a foot-stomp bass beat, this is as authentic an old-school Blues lament as you’re gonna find anywhere in 2019. In no hurry to close out the proceedings, Lane makes use of every year and decade of her experience as she emotes sincerely through every line of the lyrics while still leaving enough room for Linden’s tightly meshed slide work.

The blues is about perseverance, about never backing down from the challenges that life throws at you and, when they do knock you flat, it is about getting back up again. When Mary Lane sings her Blues you know she’s been knocked down more times, and in more ways, than you or I will ever know, but she’s always risen back up. Now in her 80s she is still on the rise. That is something we can all salute. This might be the best pure Blues vocal album you’ll hear all year. ---Martine Ehrenclou,

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Mary Lane - Appointment with The Blues (1997) Mary Lane - Appointment with The Blues (1997)

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01. Love Me Baby 3.32
02. Leave Me Alone 3.50
03. I Always Want You Near 4.42
04. Strong Love 4.40
05. You Don't Want My Loving No More 3.00
06. My Friends Always Ask Me 7.38
07. Baby 4.00
08. Hurt My Feelings 2.40						play
09. Make Love To Me One More Time 4.46
10. Ride In Your Automobile 2.50				play
11. Candy Yams 6.12
12. Three Six Nine Blues 3.20

Mary Lane (Vocals)
Johnny B. Moore, Robert Mell (Guitar)
Detroit Junior (Piano)
Erskine Johnson (Organ)
Jeffery Labon (Bass)
Cleo Williams (Drums)
Michael Jackson (Saxophone)


A longtime staple of Chicago's West Side blues circuit, singer Mary Lane was born November 23, 1935 in Clarendon, Arkansas. After honing her skills in local juke joints in the company of Howlin' Wolf, Robert Nighthawk, Little Junior Parker and James Cotton, Lane relocated to Chicago in 1957; backed by Morris Pejoe, she soon cut her debut single "You Don't Want My Lovin' No More" for the Friendly Five label. A favorite among peers for her dulcet tones, she nevertheless did not record again for several decades, remaining virtually unknown outside of the Chicago blues faithful; finally, in the early 1990s, Lane recorded a handful of tracks for the Wolf label, leading to 1997's full-length Appointment with the Blues. --- Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide


To really sing the blues, you need to live them. Just ask Mary Lane. The veteran Chicago vocalist has endured her share of tough times. And that hard-fought experience gives her a gritty believability that's rare on the contemporary blues circuit, which is too often seduced by style rather than substance. ---Bill Dahl,

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