I thought I would start posting my new musical discoveries on here and hope to see plenty of yours posted too.
I first heard Rebecca Downes on last night Paul Jones’ Blues Show on Radio 2 and have just listened to her 2014 album Back To The Start.
Below is bio info from her website:
Rebecca Downes is fast establishing herself as one of the star attractions amongst the new vanguard of blues performers in the UK, with her unique and powerful voice, drawing influences ranging from Blues and Soul to Jazz and Rock.
Rebecca’s voice and performances have been, quite rightly, likened to such legendary artists as the full on Tina Turner, the bluesy feel of Etta James, and the raw power of Janis Joplin.
Her passion for music comes from a deep belief in the power and authenticity of live music and a love for what she does.
Quote from Brewery Blues Club show organiser John Drummond; ” 5ft 2 in her high heels, but a pocket powerhouse with a voice which makes Janis Joplin sound like a choir girl”
Now she has taken this one stage further and produced an albums worth of original material, largely with co-writer Steve Birkett, which now adds new personal musical experiences to her already captivated audiences. This collection of songs includes the rockabilly shuffle of ‘Basement’, the Santana-esque/Jazzy tones of ‘Fever in the Night’, and the Southern Soul of ‘When I’m Bad’, plus nine other great songs that will take the listener through an unforgettable musical experience.
However not only is the music on offer a revelation, Rebecca is joined by some of the most highly regarded musicians available from both the UK and the US, who have provided the musical accompaniment for Ruby Turner, Climax Blues Band, Roy Woods Big Band, Steve Gibbons, John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers, Chuck Berry and many more…
The new album Back To The Start is available on iTunes and Amazon and has received great reviews. A second album is already being worked on, along with a string of UK and European dates for 2015. Please stay tuned to Rebecca’s website, rebeccadownes.com for further details.